King’s Lynn babies have Watlington wild west day

Tommy's Sensathon, wild west day ANL-140207-093449001
Tommy's Sensathon, wild west day ANL-140207-093449001

There was a rootin’ tooting time at Watlington Village Hall as a baby class adopted a Wild West theme to raise money for charity.

The babies attend the King’s Lynn Baby Sensory class and this was the first ever Sensathon, a colourful fundraiser designed to delight and surprise babies while raising money for charity Tommy’s.

Forty-five babies arrived through the doors of the class on Friday of last week in full cowboy and cowgirl outfits, complete with checked shirts, hand-made cowboy hats, neckerchiefs, fringed dresses and denim, before setting off on a Wild West adventure of imaginative play.

Greeted on arrival with Western music, the babies were treated to an action-packed day, including visiting the Rodeo centre, songs around the campfire, themed sock-puppet shows and hearing the story of Little Big Horn in the Last Chance Saloon.

King’s Lynn Baby Sensory is one of more than 200 franchises taking part across UK, to raise more than £100,000 for Tommy’s. In Watlington, £405 was raised.

Tommy’s funds research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provides advice and support for all parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Tommy’s runs three research centres, and the money raised by King’s Lynn Baby Sensory will go towards opening a fourth centre.

King’s Lynn Baby Sensory manager Suzy Hyde said: “Sensathon was a roaring success and there was not a baby in the house who wasn’t in awe of everything they saw, heard and experienced.

“All the mums and dads had gone the whole way in supporting the day, putting together amazing cowboy and cowgirl outfits for their little ones and some even turned up in fancy dress themselves!

“We’re very proud to be working with Tommy’s this year, and we know that some of the families here will have their own stories and personal reasons for getting behind this important charity.