373 flippered fundraisers flocked to The Scoop in Central London last night (12 Nov) in a successful attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for ‘the largest gathering of people dressed as penguins’. They were raising money for Richard House Children’s Hospice, which set the record last year with 325 penguins.
After the count the flock took part in a 2km ‘Penguin Waddle’ around City Hall and Tower Bridge.
BBC Ground Force star and Richard House patron Tommy Walsh hosted the record breaking evening and told us: “It was a fantastic event, and all held in high spirits. People dressed up, had fun and raised a lot of money for Richard House Children’s Hospice, which is very good cause. Let’s see if we can beat the record again next year!”
Hannah Bosley, Chief Penguin and Richard House fundraiser said: “It was so great to be back in the record books and we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the penguins. A huge thanks to everyone who came along, your support will make a difference to the families at Richard House. Thank you also our sponsor Pension Insurance and to Guinness World Records.”
Guinness World Record officials were on hand to verify the record, on the eve of Guinness World Record Day and Annabel Lawday, official Guinness World Records Adjudicator commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Richard House have done it again, gathering an impressive 373 penguins at one of London’s most iconic venues in honour of Guinness World Records Day 2014. It was truly wonderful to see so many people stepping out to participate in this World Record attempt in order to raise money for such a worthy cause.”
In addition to hitting the record books, the event is set to raise thousands of pounds for the East London hospice. This will go towards providing vital care and support for children and young adults with life-limiting health conditions.