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Lincolnshire charity sets sights on new world record

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice is appealing to onesie-wearing fundraisers to take on a new world record attempt, after their initial challenge was smashed.

The 10k One Night in a Onesie moonlight walk event, scheduled for Saturday, June 7, aimed to break the world record for the largest gathering of people wearing a onesie.

However, the target of 752 people was shattered when 3,152 people gathered at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Tamworth.

Now, the charity are refusing defeat by instead setting a new challenge: the largest gathering of people wearing flashing headwear.

Anyone wearing flashing headwear will be included in the attempt, and headwear will also be available to purchase on the night.

Becky Otter, Event Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said: “It would have been demotivating to our participants to go ahead with the original record as it has been broken so dramatically.

“We weren’t prepared to accept defeat so have instead set out to break a brand new record that has never been done before! This attempt is perfect for ‘One Night in a Onesie’ as it perfectly encapsulates the vibrant and fun atmosphere of the evening.

“We promised our wonderful supporters a world-record-breaking evening and that is what we will deliver.

The eighth moonlight walk is set to start off from Yarborough Leisure Centre, and participants are encouraged to sign-up online, with adults priced at £15 and children aged 11-17 at £5.

Last year, 1,000 people took part in the annual late-night walks across the county and together raised over £55,000. This year, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice are hoping to attract 1,300 participants to help raise £80,000.

Beck added: “Of course what we must remember is that although the record itself may have changed the reason to walk hasn’t.

“Our main priority is hospice care and this is always at the forefront of everything we do. This year alone we must raise £3.4million in order for our services to continue throughout the county.”