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Free family fun day flourishes

Active families fun dayAN annual event encouraging a healthy lifestyle has continued to go from strength-to-strength after nearly 6,000 people attended.

Now in its fifth year, the Active Families Fun Day, which has seen attendance figures grow from hundreds to thousands since it began in 2007, witnessed parents and children enjoy over 100 free activities.

Held at the Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre and Melbourne Park the event provided the chance families to try healthy activities – such as Parkour (free running), football, water-zorbing, crazy golf and cricket – as well as health checks and information on a range of topics such as creating healthy balanced meals.

Organised by the Chelmsford Partnership, the event saw Essex based housing association, CHP, NHS Mid-Essex Primary Care Trust, Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue, Children’s Centre’s at Chelmsford West, Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre and Chelmsford Borough Council work together to provide information and advice to Chelmsford residents.

Malin Blom, CHP Neighbourhood Engagement Co-ordinator, said: “It was great to see such a huge turn out of residents who all had the chance to engage with local service providers. Everyone had a fantastic day out and I am delighted to see the event continue to grow and go from strength-to-strength.”

Thomas Williams, 14, added: “I’ve been to the Active Families Fun day every year and I think it’s great. This year I asked if I could become a volunteer and I have had a really good time helping out!”

Local resident John Bundy, 42, commented: “It was a really enjoyable day for me, my wife and my son. It was lovely to be able to go somewhere where my son can enjoy a range of free activities and try new things.”

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