BOUNCY castles, Batman and birds of prey will all be at Brantham’s fundraising fun day.

Organisers are hosting the village’s family fun day for the fourth time in a bid to raise cash for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.

The event, on Saturday, August 4 will run from noon to 4pm at Brantham Leisure Centre in New Village with free entry.

Alice Simpson, organiser, said: “We hope to raise at least £1000 to beat previous years.

“Wristbands are £5 for rides and bouncy castles all day.

“The Air Ambulance is going to make a visit during the day hopefully.

“It is free entry, although donations are welcome, and everyone that comes along will get a free raffle ticket to go in to the draw to win a hamper.”

She added: “This year we have many stalls including children’s books, crafts, jewellery, face paint, glitter tattoos, glitter hair, hair accessories, nappy cakes, cakes, sand art and more.

“We have our arena with different displays and if you like creepy crawlies or slithering snakes the here is you chance to meet some amazing creatures and animals.

“We will also have some birds of prey too.”

The fundraising event started as a cash builder to pay towards an air ambulance trek to Slovenia.

Alice raised as much as possible for the charity on two other treks to Nepal and Cambodia.

She no longer takes part in the treks but has continues to organise the fun day.

She said: “I wanted to carry on supporting the air ambulance, it’s such a great charity and a real lifesaver.

“But I’ve got fibromyalgia [a condition that causes pain all over the body].

“This is the fourth year of the event now and it grows every year.

“We have rides and inflatables all for a £5 wristband and for a £2.50 wristband there are animal encounters and reptiles.

“Depending on the weather there will be snakes and lizards as well as skunks, tortoises and goats.

“I’ve looked at the weather forecast and it says it will be 26 or 27 and slightly cloudy.”

There will also be stalls and a DJ playing requests as well as musical statues and musical bumps.