Pick It Up Put It Down – 5th Birthday set to ignite summer

8th August

Back for its fifth birthday this year, Pick It Up Put It Down (PIUPID) is set to once again raise the bar on fundraising in aid of the Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex.

On Saturday 10th August at the Heathfield Rugby Club, the team will re-open the doors to this annual festival.

The event began in memory of local athlete and butcher Dan Osborne, who passed away in a car accident. It moves forward with the intention of celebrating fitness and fun while donating all of its profits to the Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex, who were one of the emergency services at the scene after the accident.

The day begins with the PIUPID Games – a high intensity fitness competition designed to challenge competitors over a 15-minute period using a multitude of equipment. 

This year sees even more competitors ascend upon the venue, with 110 athletes coming from across the county and further afield to test their strength and physical endurance. The athletes will compete in mixed pairs and be categorised by their accumulative age: the pair who scores the most points throughout will be crowned the PIUPID Champions for 2019.

For the first time, 10 mixed teams of four athletes compete to be crowned PIUPID Team Champions. 

Founder and organiser, Louis Chavannes says: “I am so proud of the event, the team that organise it, our sponsors, all of the volunteers, the athletes and our local businesses that all make this event so special. Each year we have grown not only as an event but also as a community and we hope our 5th birthday is going to be extra special.”

The event, which has raised over £22,000 for charitable causes, hopes to continue this success whilst bringing people together to celebrate the balance of fitness and fun in the most incredible way. 

A number of local businesses and sponsors will be supporting the event such as; Kay & Pascoe LLP, Talent Team, Strength Vitality, Tower Gate, Coppards, Isenhurst, Pomfrets, Vince Building, N Smith Electrical, Halcyon and Sussex Steel Construction Ltd.

From 10am, everyone is welcome to come and support the athletes as well as take part in activities such as the Fit Kids competition, Street Food, The ‘Bar-bell’ Bar, inflatables, face-painting and much more. 

PIUPID Sundown gates will open to ticket holders at 6pm. Local band the Big Kahuna will be headlining the event, supported by an in-house DJ and percussionist King Konga. The evening also features the infamous Auction of Promises, including a commissioned print from local artist Peter Grevitt.

Sundown also promises to bring glitter festival face painting, a photo booth, a cocktail and Prosecco bar, Doughsmiths pizza oven and La Barbacoa, grilling a sumptuous array of meat and vegetarian cuisine.

Tickets for PIUPID Sundown are £15. Tickets bought on the door will be £20.

The evening event runs from 6pm – 11pm. The whole family can enjoy the festivities during the day for free between 10am and 6pm.

Food and drink will be available throughout the day.

For more information and booking, please visit their website: www.piupid.com