Drusillas Park near Alfriston are calling all monsters and mummies, ghosts and ghouls, witches and werewolves to join their wicked new virtual race for 2021 – The Monster Dash – to help raise vital awareness and funds for incredible local charity, Wolo.

Wolo Foundation, founded in 2020 by husband and wife team Justin and Fler Wright, offers practical help and support to families affected by cancer living in Sussex. The services are provided by local businesses, helping the community come together for families in need. And anyone can help Wolo continue providing this amazing support by taking part in The Monster Dash virtually this half term.

Can you bolt like the boogeyman, zoom like a zombie, or skedaddle like a skeleton? It’s up to you how you complete the Monster Dash – walk, run, creep or crawl, so long as you bring your fiercest fancy dress!

Deputy Managing Director, Cassie Poland, spoke about the event; “Wolo were such an easy choice for our charity of the year; they are local, they are passionate, they have an incredible story to tell, and they are making such a difference to the lives of those going through the hardest of times.”

“As Wolo work with families with children under 16, we wanted to make sure our virtual race was accessible to all,” continued Cassie “so no one should feel they have to accomplish a gruelling athletic feat to take part! Choose a distance and take it at your own pace, it’s about fun and coming together as a community in a moment of recognition and support for those families affected by cancer – and raising as much as we can for them all.”

Cassie continues; “Our visitors love getting into the spirit of Halloween and each year come up with some fangtastic costumes, so this is a fun excuse to wear them more than once over half term whilst fundraising – we can’t wait to see photos of zombies crawling along the seafront, or witches in the woods!”

To take part in Monster Dash, all participants need to do is complete a 2.5k, 5k or 10k distance, whilst dressed in a creepy costume, during Drusillas’ Shriek Week 23rd-31st October.

The event is virtual so participants don’t need to visit the Park, and don’t have to complete their distance all in one go; you could spread it out over the week, as long as you complete it by midnight on Halloween. Drusillas suggest a minimum donation of £5 per participant which can be donated via the event’s JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/monsterdash2021.

Wolo – which stands for We Only Live Once – was started after founder Fler received a shock cancer diagnosis in 2018. Fler speaks about her experience on the charity’s website “I was diagnosed with breast cancer out of the blue at age 38, and with 3 young children to care and provide for, life was hard. We found out the hard way that there wasn’t much help out there for families like ours.”

“We want to be able to help families going through similar experiences. Wolo stands for ‘we only live once’ and is the perfect way to describe our ethos – to make the most of each day… life is a blessing and we need to enjoy it doing the things we love, with the ones we love.”

To sign up for The Monster Dash, head to Drusillas’ website, choose your distance and start planning your outfits! https://www.drusillas.co.uk/news/the-monster-dash-2021-virtual-fun-run-for-wolo.

If your family, or a family you know, has been affected by cancer and you would like to find out about the support Wolo can offer, please visit their website https://wolofoundation.org.

Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, Drusillas Park is open daily from 10am. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit www.drusillas.co.uk