Yorkshire Cancer Research set a new world record for the ‘most videos of people throwing wellington boots uploaded in one hour on Facebook’. The virtual ‘welly wanging’ session was held as part of the charity’s annual fundraising campaign to help Yorkshire residents ‘give cancer the boot’.
The ‘Give It Some Welly’ campaign saw people across the area filming themselves throwing their wellies and uploading the video to Facebook. 255 enthusiastic welly wangers participated in the event and were asked by the charity to donate for every wellington boot thrown.
Give It Some Welly was launched in July to raise funds to help prevent, diagnose and treat cancer across Yorkshire.
As well as the online event, welly wanging was also held in Leeds Kirkgate Market, with traders and customers taking part, whilst residents of nearby Eldwick chose the charity to receive donations from their annual Welly Fest this Summer.
Dr Kathryn Scott, chief executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said:
“We are so pleased that Yorkshire is in the spotlight with a new world record. On behalf of the entire charity, I’d like to say a massive thank you to every single person who joined our ‘Give it Some Welly’ campaign and helped us achieve this record – without them none of this would have been possible.
“We have seen people in Yorkshire come together to help more people give cancer the boot for good; their generosity has been incredible. People affected by cancer have found the past few months incredibly challenging, so we wanted this world record to help us raise life-changing funds to minimise the impact of the pandemic on people with cancer in our region.
“With our ambitious target to fund £10 million of world-leading research every year to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, people in Yorkshire can still help more people give cancer the boot for good by making a donation on our website.”
To help Yorkshire Cancer Research reach their fundraising goal to help to give cancer the boot, you can make a donation online.