Harrogate charity launches bid for welly wanging world record


Last updated Jul 23, 2020

Harrogate-based charity Yorkshire Cancer Research will attempt to beat the world record for the most wellies wanged in an hour next weekend.

To set the record, the charity needs at least 250 people to film themselves wanging their wellies and upload it to a dedicated Facebook page between 2pm-3pm on Yorkshire Day, August 1.

People taking part are being asked to make a donation for every welly they wang.

The event is part of the charity’s annual fundraising campaign, Give It Some Welly, which has a fundraising target of £10m.

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A popular activity at village fetes and galas, welly wanging is thought to have originated in the West Country of England during the 1970s and is now played around the world — including in Australia, Russia and New Zealand.

Dr Kathryn Scott, chief executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said:

“We’re encouraging people across the region to join our ‘Give it Some Welly’ campaign and help put Yorkshire in the spotlight. All you need is a phone and a welly, and you can be part of a world record attempt by posting your video to our Facebook event page on Yorkshire Day.

“The past few months have been challenging and uncertain for many people, especially those affected by cancer, so the generosity of people in Yorkshire means more than ever before. We’d like our world record attempt to provide some light relief while raising life-changing funds to help minimise the impact of the pandemic on people with cancer in our region.

“With our ambitious target to fund £10 million of world-leading research every year to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, we need people in Yorkshire to come together and help more people give cancer the boot for good.”

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