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DINO VISIT: The Woodside Dinosaur in Garston raises over £1,000 for care homes

 Published on: 30th April 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Woodside Dinosaur has not only been lifting spirits of residents in Garston but has also raised a lot of money for care homes, as well as donating PPE to staff.

Georgina Cooper has been dressing up as a dinosaur and surprising people on their daily exercise and says it has become many peoples’ highlight of the day.

Speaking to GarstonNews, Georgina said: “Every day I put my dinosaur costume on and do an hour walk touring the roads of Woodside and Garston. It has become the highlight of many children, and adults’ days.

“To go alongside this, I have been fundraising to buy PPE for local carer and care homes in Watford. It’s a cause close to my heart as my cousin passed away due to a carer unknowingly passing on the virus.”

One family which had a visit from the Woodside dinosaur was the Roberts family, where two eight-year-old twin boys were surprised on their birthday.

Tyler and Taylor were born 14 weeks prematurely and suffered with chronic lung disease, and  they received a letter a few weeks back explaining how they fall into the vulnerable category and must stay inside. 

As they celebrated their birthday stuck indoors, their mother, Pam, thought it would be a good idea for them to be surprised.

Pam told GarstonNews: “They really miss their school friends and miss their family. It was a bit of a shock when we received the letter explaining how we needed to stay indoors for at least 12 weeks.

“We thought it was really nice of the Woodside dinosaur to come and visit them. We didn’t know her and she really didn’t have to but it’s something that the whole community have enjoyed.

“People can get really fed up during all this, so the dinosaur has been needed to lift the community’s spirit.”

To donate to Georgina’s cause, head to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Woodside-dinosaur

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