Sparky Gets Set for St George’s Day Mascot Race

Families enjoyed a day of fun and excitement yesterday (Sunday 23 April), when sporting and charity mascots from all over the South West joined forces in a very special steeplechase at Wincanton Races for The Children’s Brain Trust.

Representing ‘Fostering and Adoption in Somerset’ was ‘Sparky’, Somerset County Council’s dragon mascot, competing with the likes of Taunton Football Club’s Cat Wordsworth and Yeovil Town’s Jolly Green Giant.

Sparky put in his best effort; even including some pre-race training on the Wincanton Races assault course.

“It was a thrilling race,” said event organiser Geoff Smith and fundraiser for the Children’s Brain Trust “with dramatic falls and a photo finish between a dolphin and a giant chef. Where else would you see that?”

Large crowds turned out to watch as Sparky ambled over hurdles to place in a respectable sixth position.

At the end of the race, there were sporting handshakes between the rival mascots and a special parade, where the children attending were able to come and greet their favourite characters. Sparky loved posing for photos with adoring new fans.

Julian Wooster, Director of Children’s Services at Somerset County Council said: “This was an enjoyable family event for all and an excellent opportunity to spread the message of our need for foster carers of all ages to provide children with a loving home.

“More foster carers are needed in Somerset right now. If you are over 21, have a spare room and the time to care for a child we would love to hear from you.

If you can provide a safe and loving home for a child or young person we would love to hear from you.”

There are many information events taking place across the county during Foster Care Fortnight 8 to 21 May, where you can talk to our friendly team to find out more.

Wednesday 10 May at Costa Coffee in Taunton (TA1 1JW) from 7 to 9pm.

Tuesday 16 May  @ 7pm in the Wessex Hotel at Street, BA16 OEF

Friday 19 May @ Tesco, Glastonbury from 10am to 3pm

Saturday 20th May @ Tesco, Shepton Mallet from 10am to 3pm

Find all future information event dates here:

You can find out more about fostering, by calling 0800 587 9900. Alternatively, visit, ‘like’ the Fostering in Somerset Facebook page or follow @fostersomerset on Twitter.