Get spooky in Wythall this Halloween - The Redditch Standard

Get spooky in Wythall this Halloween

Redditch Editorial 26th Oct, 2022   0

WYTHALL Witch Walk is back for it’s fourth year running, and is hoping to raise £21,000 in honour of a residents son who died of cancer.

Callum Brown, who passed away at just 17 years old, would have been 21 this year.

The group are hoping the total for the fundraising events over the past four years will get to £21,000.

Alison Skeoch from Wythall, who came up with the idea for the witch walk, said:  “Claire Brown, Callum’s mum, is my friend.

“We are two mums who have both done the Cancer journey but sadly with different endings.

“When Callum passed away I made a promise to Claire to keep his name alive and we do this by donating money to the Teenage Cancer Trust in loving memory of Callum.”

Alison started the witch walk whilst her son was was in hospital going through cancer treatment.

“Dan, our son, had been diagnosed with cancer for the second time, he had just had a thyroidectomy and on 31st October – Halloween, and he was going into the Queen Elizabeth for three days of radiotherapy.

“No visitors, no contact, no hugs or kisses, and I knew how I had felt the first time he had cancer at four years old and thought there is no way I can sit at home and do nothing.

“So I put a post up on our local Facebook page ‘The only Way is Wythall, Hollywood & Earlswood’ asking ‘does anyone have any kids I can borrow to go trick or treating with?’

“Little did I know that 300 parents would want to get rid of their kids for the night and then the the Wythall witch walk was born.”

Parents buy a map of the village with houses that are partaking featured, then children visit the houses to trick or treat.

This year the maps sold out within three hours.

Alison added: “The Witch Walk has been hosted and supported by Tina at Bean 47 for the last three years and we were devastated when she decided to retire and had to find a new location.

“Fortunately our village has a host of independent businesses and we have been lucky enough that Chris and Laura Lacey at Lacey’s Craft Butchers are supporting us this year.

“On the 31st October the Wythall Witches and Freddie Kruger will be outside Lacey’s who are doing a hog roast  and barbecue.”

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