Longton to stage Zombiethon UK charity record bid

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Longton residents will stage their own horror show when Zombiethon organisers bid to break a UK record of more than 4,000 “dead” people in one place!

The Zombiethon, originally founded by Damon Simms, has grown to become a major event in aid of Stoke-on-Trent based Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.

Organisers are hoping to beat the UK record – although the current world record set in Jersey Shore (USA) saw more than 9,000 “zombies” walked along Asbury Park Beach.

The Longton Zombiethon, which aims to raise £3,000 and improve awareness for the charity, has attracted donations from local businesses.

There are also three trophies and £400 worth of prizes up for grabs for ‘best zombie’ and ‘best zombie walk’.

Zombiethon founder Damon Simms, 40, of Queens Park, Longton said: “We want people to think of Zombiethon when they think of Halloween.

“I picked Zombies because they are extremely popular in the media, especially with TV programs like The Walking Dead out there…it is very cost effective to dress up as a zombie.

“We would like people who want to come to sign up beforehand, so we know how many people will be coming.”

A local residents group has organised a fair to feature Halloween-style rides such as a ghost train.

Zombie lovers will have a chance to be zombified by make-up artists who have volunteered to help out for a small fee in aid of  The Donna Louise Trust.

Lisa Courtney, regional fundraiser at Donna Louise, said: “We joined Zombiethon because it’s something different and out of the box and there is so much interest in it… 150 people signed up straight away!

“Zombiethon gives us an opportunity to let people know that we’re here.

“We spend £6,600 on the day to day running of the hospice and £2.5m per annum, which allows us to keep our doors open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.”

The Zombiethon will take place on October 26 in Longton Queens Park at 12pm.

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