Members of the Horsham branch of Foresters Friendly Society (called St Leonards) hosted a free event to meet favourite children’s character The Gruffalo on the afternoon of Saturday, 17 August 2019.
Families were invited to follow an exclusive trail through St Leonard’s Forest, Horsham for a chance to meet the Gruffalo and identify the forest wildlife he might encounter on his travels. Each of the 100 children attending and hunting for the Gruffalo were guaranteed to win a prize.
The event was part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 whose patron is Julia Donaldson CBE, who wrote the book. The branch sponsor Foresters Gruffalo as part of the @GlobalGruffalo project.
During the event, Foresters accepted donations to their chosen charity for 2019/20, Rays of Sunshine. The charity specialises in supporting critically ill children and their families and was recently selected by newly appointed National President, Michael Charlton-Hubble.
On the event itself, Caroline Instance, member of the Horsham branch of Foresters Friendly Society, commented: “We were delighted with the turnout to our Gruffalo Meet ‘n’ Greet and loved being able to organise and host a fun, free event for lots of children to enjoy – a lovely time was had by all following the Gruffalo’s footsteps in beautiful surroundings. We are so grateful to those who took the time to donate to our chosen charity, Rays of Sunshine. This is a cause close to our hearts and we are very pleased to be a part of the fundraising process.”