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Zombies take over Otley for charity
1:29pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
Otley is set to be over-run by shuffling corpses each summer after the success of its first Zombie Apocalypse Run.
More than 100 zombies and ‘survivors’ took part in the fiendish fundraiser, which was held on the streets of the town on August 30 and August 31.
The event was organised by horror fans Tom Featherstone and local mother-of-three Mel Metcalfe.
Mel said: “The zombie run went brilliantly and was very successful.
“Friday’s event was much quieter but went well, and then Saturday’s was amazing.
“We had more than 100 zombies take over Otley and more than 100 players take part, and it went so well we are going to make it an annual event.
“We would like to thank all the people who helped, including everyone who kindly let us use all our different locations and Ben Calverley for use of the entertainment van, which was filled with zombies.
“Players had to meet actors on the way around and complete missions to get the information on their next locations.
“It couldn’t have happened without everybody’s help, from the zombies to the actors and face painters, Fusion GameXchange and Otley Health and Martial Arts Centre for selling the tickets, and the players who took part. Thanks also to the amazing volunteers who helped with the clean-up mission, St John Ambulance, my long-suffering husband Chris, Emma Cobb, Noel, Tom, and all the stewards.
“Next year will be bigger and better, so if anyone has a charity or project they would like to benefit I would love to here from them.”
Proceeds from the zombie run will go towards restoration projects for Newall Park playground and Wellcroft Park, and to Autism Aware.
Mel can be contacted by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.