Owen Richards, Managing Director at Air Marketing, training for the CHICKS Superstar Games with his team.

Exeter businesses gear up for children’s charity sports day

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Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Friday, August 30, 2019 - 11:17am

On Tuesday 17th September, members of the local business community will be battling it out in the inaugural CHICKS Superstar Games, hosted in Princesshay, Exeter, to help raise awareness and funds for the Devon-based national children’s charity.

The mock sports day will see the likes of Grow Magazine, Air Marketing, Attention Media, Burrington Estates and KTA go head-to-head competing in a mix of classic sports day activities including the egg and spoon dash, three-legged race and sack relay, as well as battling it out in heats including an obstacle relay.

CHICKS provides free respite breaks to children who are living in poverty, are young carers, victims of abuse or are coming to terms with losing a loved one.

This year, CHICKS has welcomed over 400 children on respite breaks, many of whom will be returning to school in September inspired with new confidence after being given the opportunity to have fun, make new friends and be away from their challenging home lives.

With a need to raise £1.8 million to continue providing their vital breaks, increasing awareness of this important work through events such as the Superstar Games will contribute massively to reach this goal.

CHICKS respite breaks are packed with fun activities, so the charity is excited to be engaging the local community with an active new fundraising event that’s all about being a big kid, and embracing your inner sports day competitor.

Caroline Burkie, Director of Fundraising for CHICKS, said: “We’re so pleased to see such an appetite for this event in the local business community, who have all been really enthusiastic about getting involved. Their participation leads straight back to helping us give vulnerable young people essential respite from their circumstances - to just be kids. Recently, a child from Devon was read their very first bedtime story on one of the breaks - it was a special moment. These moments are made possible by supporters like the Exeter business community getting involved and having some fun.”

There are still a few spaces left if you think you’ve got what it takes and you’d like to enter a team, please contact kayleigh@chicks.org.uk.

Come and cheer on your fellow Exonians from 5.30pm on the day, or donate via http://everydayhero.co.uk/event/CHICKS-superstar-games. Who doesn’t like the idea of seeing suit-wearing office-folk getting involved in a sack race?