Fund-raising onesie world-record attempt

Sarah Thompson, Ryan Gair, David Thompson and Rachel Thompson, of Golden Sands Holiday Park, with Danielle Callender, centre, community fund-raiser for St Oswald's Hospice.
Sarah Thompson, Ryan Gair, David Thompson and Rachel Thompson, of Golden Sands Holiday Park, with Danielle Callender, centre, community fund-raiser for St Oswald's Hospice.
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It will be a case of all for onesie and onesie for all next weekend as a holiday park throws open its doors for a world-record fund-raiser.

Golden Sands Holiday Park, on Beach Road in Cresswell, has set its sights on not only smashing the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people in one venue wearing one-piece pyjamas, but also on raising much-needed funds for the St Oswald’s Hospice.

The park is calling for onesie fans to come together at the beach-front holiday park on Sunday, August 27, when the world-record attempt will be staged at noon, with the all-important registration from 10am.

And with would-be record-breakers being asked to make a £1 donation to take part, it is hoped thousands of pounds will be headed St Oswald’s way.

The current record for the largest gathering of people at one venue wearing one-piece pyjamas – or onesies as they are more commonly known in this country – stands at 1,879, set in China in October 2015.

Family-owned and run Northumbrian Leisure Ltd, which owns Golden Sands and three other holiday parks in the region, hopes the public will get behind its charity-inspired bid to wrest the record title away from the Far East and bring it to the North East.

Owner Nigel Thompson said: “The people of the North East are renowned for their generosity, regional pride and sense of fun, so what better way to raise money for a brilliant cause while having a great family day out, than by being part of our attempt to bring this world onesie record to Northumberland?

“We are confident we can give our Chinese record-holding friends a run for their money – while at the same time raising it.

“St Oswald’s Hospice is a charity close to many people’s hearts for the work it does in providing free-to-access specialist care for North East adults, young people and children suffering from life-limiting conditions.

“But it needs to raise a staggering amount every year to continue ensuring its vital services are available to all.

“The more onesie wearing people of all ages we can get along to Golden Sands on August 27, the more money we can raise for St Oswald’s in this, its 30th birthday year, and the bigger the margin we can break the Guinness World Record by, ensuring it stays in the North East for many years to come.

“So sign-up for the all-important registration from 10am onwards, give your £1 donation to St Oswald’s and get ready to make history and enter the record books at midday.”

The record attempt is part of a bigger free Bank Holiday Sunday fun day at the venue, which will include live music from The Pretty Weeds, darevdevil feats from top stuntsman, Dangerous Steve, face-painting, children’s rides and refreshments.