Successful NSPCC World Record attempt

Largest game of musical statues at Colchester Party in the Park for charity

NSPCC volunteer
NSPCC volunteer

The successful world record attempt for the largest game of musical statues took place at Colchester Party in the Park on Saturday 30th July 2016.

At 6pm, with over 3,000 people in attendance, 1,116 took part in the successful musical statues world record attempt – not only breaking the previous year’s record of 1,079 but raising £2000 in aid of the NSPCC’s pioneering Speak out Stay safe programme which empowers children, helping them understand abuse and giving them confidence to speak out and stay safe.

The money raised helps the NSPCC Speak ou

Sam Sawyers, Musical Chairs Winner
Sam Sawyers, Musical Chairs Winner

Stay safe programme to ensure all children aged 5-11 learn this essential safeguarding information in a lively, interactive and memorable way. The programme provides child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops to help children: understand abuse in all its forms and recognise the signs of abuse, know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse and know how to get help, and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service.

Chairwoman of the NSPCC Business Group Katie Skingle said: “Colchester Party in the Park has once again been a fun day out for everyone, not only breaking a Guiness World Record, but £2000 was raised for a brilliant cause – the NSPCC’s Speak out Stay safe programme. Childline is celebrating 30 years this year and it was such a great way to raise awareness and mark that milestone forever. We’re grateful to the Colchester Party in the Park team and most importantly to each every person that joined us on the day to help make this happen.”

Colchester’s Party in the Park was a two day event in Castle Park Colchester to raise money for local and national charities. The organisers of Colchester Party in the Park, Don Quinn and Terry Croucher, offered this opportunity to the residents of Colchester to get the town into the record books and promising to donate £1 from every ticket sale of Party in the Park to the Colchester NSPCC.

Don Quinn, one of the organisers of Colchester Party in the Park said “What a smashing day out. Thousands have been raised for such an excellent cause in the NSPCC – every penny will make a difference to their Speak out and Stay Safe programme. However, not only did we raise so much for charity, we also put Colchester on the map and broke a Guiness World Record with the largest game of musical statues.”

Aside from the record breaking musical statues, the weekend also included musical performances on Friday and Saturday night from top Colchester band the Newtown Kings and Abba, Queen and David Bowie tribute bands, ending of course with a fantastic firework display.

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NSPCC World Record attempt in Colchester to honour 30 years of ChildLine

Colchester’s NSPCC needs you to sign up and help


Colchester NSPCC Business Group is well known for creative fundraising events, annually hosting the Emerald Ball, and raising the profile of the NSPCC. But did you know that every penny raised is spent in the local community?

The NSPCC Business Groups are a key life force to generating new volunteers, as well as much-needed funds and awareness of the services of the NSPCC within local communities. One of the main services that requires monies locally is ChildLine and a world record attempt is set for this summer to fundraise locally and mark a special anniversary of the service.

Katie Skingle “I have been involved with helping the NSPCC for nearly ten years now and there are always more children in need of the NSPCC and their services. In our current digital age, we constantly have more challenges facing us in regards the protection of our young ones and the NSPCC is changing and adapting to those challenges on a daily basis. ChildLine has been a core service and a saving grace to so many little people over the last 30 years. This summer we intend to celebrate its successes by setting a world record for the largest game of musical statues at this year’s Colchester Party in the Park. We need 1,500 people to sign up and participate to succeed – all profits from Party in the Park will go to the NSPCC, so buy your ticket and register your details for entry today. The gates are opening early on Saturday 30th July from 3pm ready for our 5pm attempt.”

The reigning record stands at 1,079 people who took part in an event organised by Danone Finland. The Colchester NSPCC Business Group are urging party goers to take on the challenge and turn up from 3pm to take part. There will be lots of prizes and fun throughout the attempt to get people in the mood for Party in the Park at 7pm.

Sarah Laffling, Community Fundraising Manager for the NSPCC said “More than 90% of the NSPCC funding comes from generous donations and fundraising – which highlights how important its supporters are for children in need of the NSPCC’s services. Katie and her team are working to help prevent cruelty to children through fundraising events so that the NSPCC can carry out their vital work. Local generosity ensures NSPCC projects in your own home town are able to continue and we

are always looking for more volunteers to join the Colchester Business Group and support their great work”. To find out how you can make a difference please visit and register your interest.

“The NSPCC believes every child deserves a childhood.” continues Katie Skingle, “It is really poignant to have decided to do a fundraiser based around a traditional children’s party game. We want every child to know the joy of childhood and the money raised at this event will be going towards supporting the ChildLine Service in our own county.”

If you would like to book tickets to Colchester Party in the Park please visit and register your entry for the record attempt by noting it on your booking form after Saturday ticket purchase.