‘Princesses’ record attempt will help Freddie get stronger

Freddie Wright who suffered a stroke when he was five
Freddie Wright who suffered a stroke when he was five
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A right royal fundraiser is hoping to break a world record - and help a Fylde youngster in his battle to walk unrestricted.

Blackpool-based UR Potential is attempting to break the Guinness world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as princesses.

They are urging people to go along to Blackpool Sports Centre on Saturday October 22 dressed head to toe in their regal finery.

The event is part of Make A Difference Day and is being supported by the Big Lottery Fund celebrating communities and volunteering in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

It will be fundraising for 11-year-old Freddie Wright, of Grange Road, St Annes, who suffered a stroke when he was five and lost the use of his left side.

His family want to provide him with an ‘electric sock’ which will give him greater freedom when walking and also strengthen his muscles.

Organisers need 400 ‘princesses’ to break the record, but are hoping to reach a total of 500.

Deborah Terras, of community interest group URPotential, said: “The event requires participants to come along dressed as princesses in ankle to floor length dress and a crown or tiara.

“We are welcoming all ages and genders, mums, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, brothers, and sisters.

“Children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult in the official attempt area, who is also in full fancy dress.

“So it’s time to dig out old wedding or prom dresses and give them one last twirl. Or borrow a dress and a tiara.”

‘Princesses’ need to be at Stanley park Sports Centre on West Park Drive at 1pm on the day and the event if expected to finish by 3pm.

Freddie’s dad Tom said: “The first time he tried the sock to see if it was suitable, it was amazing to see his foot go from a droop position to upright and responsive just through electrical stimulation.

“Freddie has just started high school and our goal as a family has always been to make Freddie independent as he matures, and give him every opportunity to enjoy life and not be restriced.

“His sock and arm support are part of getting his body to a point where his brain can switch over and start to work them again.”