Haydon the Womble will be aiming to flourish on home turf next month when he takes part in the AFC Wimbledon Charity Mascot Race.
In one of the highlights of this year’s Wimbledon Common Stables Open Day on Sunday, 15 September, Haydon will be battling it out with the likes of Debra the Zebra and Bertie the Badger for the Womble Underground Press (WUP) Cup (our picture above shows the mascots setting off on their challenge in last year's event).
It is all for a good cause too with Centrepoint, who work with homeless children in London, the main charity to benefit and donations can be made using the link at the bottom of this page.
The Stables Open Day takes place in the shadow of Wimbledon Windmill and allows the Commons Rangers to open up their buildings to explain their work to the public. There are also lots of stalls, as well as an arena ideally suited for mascots. This year sees the third running of the AFC Wimbledon charity mascot race, where these mighty chariots of fur hurtle around the tight obstacle course to compete for the prestigious WUP Cup, much to the delight of the assembled children and to the confusion of unsuspecting dog-walkers. This year Haydon the Womble will be looking to have his name engraved on the trophy alongside previous winners Debra the Zebra and Cyril the St Helier Squirrel, and being on home turf should give him the edge!
The whole event is a great opportunity both to raise funds for good causes and to put the club at the centre of its community in Wimbledon. The main charity to benefit this year is Centrepoint, who work with homeless children in London. With AFC Wimbledon supporters’ help, Haydon will be doing his very best to reach his fundraising target of £100 and to bring home the Cup. Many of the other mascots will be raising funds for their own organisations; there are numerous charities that will benefit from taking part and causes that everyone can get behind.
The invitations have gone out, and mascots are starting to fill the racecard. More will be added over the coming weeks, and we are looking to equal or surpass the number of entrants in last year’s race. If any AFC Wimbledon supporters work for organisations that have a mascot, they are more than welcome to join in and raise some money for their cause.
Please get behind Haydon and sponsor him or one of the other competitors for a small sum by clicking on Mascot event .