Shop owner dreams up sweet idea

SWEET DREAMS: The Little Sweet Shop owner Mark Davies hopes families will join him for a fun-packed fundraising walk.
SWEET DREAMS: The Little Sweet Shop owner Mark Davies hopes families will join him for a fun-packed fundraising walk.

Inspiration struck for Mark Davies when he had a dream about Willy Wonka, the owner of the mysterious chocolate factory in Roald Dahl’s famous story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In the dream, Mr Wonka revealed that he was Mark’s great-uncle twice removed.

He urged him to do something to help children who were not well enough to enjoy trips to sweet shops, before handing him his hat.

Mr Wonka and his Oompa Loompas then set off on a walk and said Mark should to do the same.

So Mark is now organising a sponsored walk to raise as much money as possible for a children’s charity.

“I hope it will bring out a bit of a sense of community,” he said.

And he wants lots of families to join him for the fun-filled walk from The Little Sweet Shop in Dewsbury Arcade to Crow Nest Park on Sunday May 22.

“We get a lot of grandparents bringing their grandchildren in,” Mark said.

“I’d like them to come along and join the fun.

“The children can dress as Oompa Loompas and I’ll give them each a bag of sweets to enjoy along the way.”

Mark is asking each walker taking part to raise sponsorship and nominate a charity to benefit from the event.

He said: “They can choose any charity as long as it’s a children’s charity.

“Once we’re at the park, I’ll ask the best dressed Oompa Loompa to pull a charity from Willy Wonka’s twice removed hat.

“All the money will be going to the charity they choose.”

Sponsorship forms are available at the shop, which is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.