Wolverhampton’s Compton Hospice is appealing for competitors to dress up as seven foot tall budgies and ten foot high giants to take on a series of whacky challenges in the charity’s It’s a Knockout contest this June. The crazy competition will be the focal point of the hospice’s family fun day at the city’s West Park on Sunday June 26. Up to 12 teams of eight competitors will get the chance to dress up in a range of costumes, all from the original BBC TV show, to act as targets for sponges and soap suds while negotiating the traps of the It’s a Knockout course in six games. More than 4,000 people came along to the Compton in the Park fun day in 2010, raising more than £20,000 for the hospice. This year the day will feature live bands, displays for all the family, dozens of stalls with more than 500 walkers, joggers and cyclists expected to take part in the hospice’s annual five-mile memory walk around West Park. It’s a Knockout competitors will get the chance to take on the Bird Cage Rage challenge building their own bird’s nest dressed at 7ft tall budgies and the Fe Fi Fo Fall game dressed in a 10ft high giant’s costume while negotiating a range of moving carpets.
A series of inflatable and water-soaked games, Medieval Madness, Slippery Summit, Hats On and All Hands on Deck, make up the laugh-a-minute line up for the contest. Ettingshall-based company Angel Springs the UK’s leading water cooler service provider have already signed up for the challenge after taking part in last year’s fun day contest. Angel Springs team organiser Rachel Jones said: “It’s a Knockout is an absolutely fantastic laugh, when else do you get the chance to dress up as massive budgie and make a nest as well as being part of a superb day, it’s really not a chance to be missed. “This year’s team is the same as last year’s because everyone had such a great time they all wanted to do it again.” Contest organiser Simon Cater, corporate fundraiser at Compton Hospice, said: “Everybody has a brilliant time taking part in It’s a Knockout and there’s a great reaction from the crowd with the contest being the highlight of the hospice fun day. “Anyone can take part in a team of eight so that can be workmates, family and relatives or neighbours and friends getting together.” To enter or find out more details contact Simon Cater on 0845 2255 497 or go to the fundraising events section of the Compton Hospice website http://www.compton-hospice.org.uk