Third annual FNHC Scarecrow Trail offers royal welcome on Wednesday 22 June 2016

Islanders taking part in this year’s Family Nursing & Home Care (FNHC) Scarecrow Trail on 2nd and 3rd July will be tasked with identifying a host of royal characters in scarecrow form, including the queen and other members of the royal family, for the chance to win a cash prize.

‘This year is our third annual scarecrow trail and we’re hoping it will be the best one yet,’ said Ivo Le Maistre Smith, Fundraising Manager at FNHC.

‘The standard of entries over the past two years has been outstanding, and we always receive great feedback from the families who take part. We hope to see lots of people there again this year enjoying a fun day outside hunting for the scarecrows along the Railway Walk.’

Local individuals, groups, schools and businesses have submitted the scarecrows, which all follow this year’s theme of ‘Royalty.’ Last year’s theme was ‘Films and Shows’ and the winner was Poplars Day Centre with their rendition of the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.

Participants in this year’s trail will be asked to walk or cycle along the Railway Walk, identify which ‘Royal’ each scarecrow represents and then vote for their favourite. The organisers will then count up votes for the best scarecrow and enter anyone who votes into a draw for a cash prize of £50.

‘The FNHC Scarecrow Trail is a fantastic community event that brings people together to raise money for our nursing teams. As a charity we need to raise nearly £2million every year to continue providing our breadth of services, and our fundraising events are a key revenue stream for us as well as helping to make people aware of our community nursing work. We’d love for as many people as possible to come out and support us on 2nd and 3rd July, and enjoy what promises to be a fun-filled day outside with friends and family,’ added Mr Le Maistre Smith.

Islanders wishing to follow the Scarecrow Trail can pick up a Trail Map from a number of locations, including FNHC at the Le Bas Centre, Andersons DIY and Off The Rails Café on the Railway Walk. Maps will be available to pick up from Monday 27th June until the weekend of the trail. The maps will also be available to download on FNHC’s website in the week running up to the trail.

FNHC is asking people to donate a minimum payment of £2 per person taking part, with all proceeds going towards the funding of FNHC's new Paediatric Care Worker. This new role will assist our Children’s Nursing Team with the delivery of specialist respite care in the home for families that have children with life-limiting illnesses.