Proof is in the pudding for fun race

Worthing town crier Bob Smytherman was dressed as Father Christmas and arrived on a fire engine

Worthing town crier Bob Smytherman was dressed as Father Christmas and arrived on a fire engine

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Guild Care’s annual Christmas Pudding Race was back on Sunday for its fourth year, at the new venue, Broadwater Green.

This year, the charity put on a huge event with a Christmas fayre, complete with Santa’s Grotto.

Guild Care's annual Christmas Pudding Race was a huge success with a record number of entrants

Guild Care's annual Christmas Pudding Race was a huge success with a record number of entrants

Bob Smytherman, Worthing town crier, attended and even played the part of Father Christmas, arriving on a fire engine, thanks to Worthing Fire Station. Even Sean McDonald, Worthing mayor, sat on Santa’s knee in the grotto!

Despite the chilly weather, the pudding race was a huge success with a record number of entrants.

Congratulations go to Turkey Twizzlers, the team from Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd, who won with a time of one minute and 58 seconds.

Kelly Wickham, media officer, said: “ETI are fabulous supporters of Guild Care and remain champions of the race for the second year running.

“Guild Care would like to thank all the participants and compères Joel Horne and Jack Northeast for being an inspirational double act with hilarious banter and jokes throughout the day.”

The Christmas fayre featured lots of stalls, including chocolate and cheese. Hayley Hammond from More Radio held a face-painting stall and co-star Chris Birks, an ambassador for Guild Care, created a musical playlist which kept everybody’s spirits high.

Dave Hunt Leisure provided the inflatable pudding race course, teacup rides and swing chair ride, which were extremely popular.

The charity was also fortunate enough to have a Christmas photo booth from Blue Dawg, where customers could dress up and have an instant print-out photo.

Guild Care would also like to thank Rabbit Group for supporting and providing the bins for the event.

The funds raised on the day and will help to support the Ashdown Centre, looking after children with disabilities by funding activities and days out.

The centre provides short breaks for parents caring for children and young people with special needs and disabilities. Ashdown is open during the evening, weekends and school holidays to offer support and advice to parents but also to empower the children and young people and teach them invaluable life skills. From the age of five to young adults and up to the age of 30 all are welcome at Ashdown.

Have you checked out our new Christmas section yet?

It’s packed with ideas and tips to ensure you make the most out of the festive season.

There’s recipes, suggestions for presents and everything from choosing your tree to recycling your packaging and paper.

Go to www.worthingherald.co.uk/christmas/