Pancake Race is recipe for success in ongoing fight against homelessness

Pancake Race is recipe for success in ongoing fight against homelessness

You’re in for a treat at this year’s Pancake Race on the streets of Reading, Berkshire

Woman wearing wedding dress taking part in pancake race
Best fancy dress winners for 2019

An egg-citing lunchtime event is coming to Reading town centre and you are invited to take part!

The annual Pancake Race is returning to the area for its 23rd year and will take place on Shrove Tuesday, February 25.

The charity event is run by Launchpad, a leading homelessness prevention charity, in the hopes of raising vital funds for the area.

Local businesses are invited to attend; helping open the town’s first work and life skills centre.

It involves participants donning fancy dress and running in relay races down Broad Street in Reading, Berkshire flipping pancakes along the way.

Egg the teams on as a cheering spectator!

Teams are competing for the coveted frying pan trophy, as well as prizes for second and third place, best dressed, team spirit and the most funds raised for Launchpad.

Woman in penguin outfit competing in pancake race
t involves participants donning fancy dress and running in relay races down Broad Street in Reading

Ian Caren, Launchpad’s Chief Executive said: “You’re in for a treat. I can’t think of any other time you might see local solicitors, the police, shop owners and estate agents doing their best to flip pancakes while running down the high street in fancy dress.”

“It really is a sight to behold!”

Launchpad are relying on public charity events such as the Pancake Race to help them raise £80,000 in 2020.

The money help refurbish the new work and life skills centre before it can open in the spring/summer.

The centre will support local people who are homeless, or at risk of losing their home, to learn new skills, build confidence and get back into work.

Launchpad do not receive any government funding.

Ian continued: “We really need the local community to get behind us, so that together we can prevent homelessness in our town.”

The 23rd Pancake Race is taking place on Shrove Tuesday, February 25 from 12.30pm.

To secure your spot and batter it out with other businesses, sign up by vising the website here: launchpadreading.org.uk.

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