A cancer charity’s fun day, postponed due to the record-breaking heatwave, will now take place on Sunday, August 7.

Last month cancer support charity The Hummingbird Centre was due to host its first event since the global pandemic began, but it was cancelled after the Met Office warned of extreme heat.

After altering diaries, the Hummingbird Centre’s popular summer festival will now take place on Sunday, August 7, from 12 noon to 4pm, at Launton Playing Fields, off Bicester Road, Launton.

The organisers say their top priority is to get back out in the community and interact with supporters in-person once again, and have lots of family fun while doing it.

The summer festival makes a return with a host of activities including a dog show – with nine classes including cutest puppy, best veteran and judge’s favourite to take home.

Register by 12.30pm for the show’s start at 1pm.

There will also be stalls, food and refreshments, games, a bouncy castle, face painting and the popular bottle stall.

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Next week is the final opportunity to donate bottles of any kind for the bottle stall.

Donations can be dropped at the Hummingbird Centre’s base in Station Road, Launton, near Bicester, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4pm.

Funds raised on the day will go towards the day-to-day costs of running the centre and providing new services.

The Hummingbird Centre’s CEO Renee Booth said: “We are really excited to finally be hosting our summer festival and so excited to see everyone.

“We were devastated to postpone the event last month, but with the temperatures in the 30s we knew it would be uncomfortable for everyone and strongly feel we did the right thing.

“Thankfully the long-range weather forecast is good so we can’t wait to welcome people to the summer festival, which is our first event for three years.

“We know the current economic climate is difficult for many families so we have purposely kept the cost of the day as low as possible.

“Entry is still £1 and most of the stalls ran by The Hummingbird Centre will also cost £1.

“We just want people to come along, say hello and enjoy themselves.”

The summer festival is the first of four events lined up to take place this year – the team are also planning a golf day, theatre show and a Christmas gathering.

The Hummingbird Centre is also keen to extend its current opening hours, but more volunteers are needed before it can become a reality.

Anyone interested should contact the centre or talk to the team at the information tent at the summer festival.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

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