Amazing challenge for charity

LOSE yourself this summer in an a-mazing new fun-filled challenge and help our campaign to raise money for Ipswich Hospital."I'm a fundraiser, get me out of here!" may be the cry heard from an enormous Anglo-Saxon helmet maze carved into a crop of maize at Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge.

LOSE yourself this summer in an a-mazing new fun-filled challenge and help our campaign to raise money for Ipswich Hospital.

"I'm a fundraiser, get me out of here!" may be the cry heard from an enormous Anglo-Saxon helmet maze carved into a crop of maize at Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge.

Two miles of winding pathways stretch across the 10-acre site to form the enigmatic shape that was designed and constructed by Sutton Hoo Produce.

From the outset that it was decided that the chosen theme should compliment the important Anglo-Saxon burial site neighbouring the farm.

Now visitors to the popular tourist attraction this summer can visit the field to put their sense of direction to the ultimate test as they try to find a way out of the huge puzzle.

This is the first initiative by Sutton Hoo Produce into the new area of Agri-tainment and is being developed in conjunction with Cancer Campaign in Suffolk.

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Maize mazes have been recently introduced to the UK from the US where they appear well established on US farms. The term Agri-tainment has been coined to describe this new means of generating an income from the farm.

Managing director, David Waring, said: "Farming businesses need to continually look for other areas of interest and mazes in America appear to have taken off, providing family fun and entertainment. I also felt it important that we should be doing something for our local community at the same time.

"Having had two family members diagnosed with cancer and then having had successful treatment, I felt Cancer Campaign in Suffolk a very worthy cause."

Cancer Campaign in Suffolk is raising £300,000 towards building a cancer education and information centre at Ipswich Hospital. The Star's Raise the Roof campaign is aiming to raise £100,000 towards cost of the new unit.

There will be an Opening Ceremony at 10am on July 10 with special guest Stewart White from BBC Look East. It is designed to be a family attraction with plenty of activities for the children and will be open from July 31 to September 7, Thursday to Sunday. It will also be open on August 25 and September 13 -14.

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