zipposBelmont Councillor, Peter Geiringer has used one of his more unusual contacts to put a smile on children’s faces at the Royal Marsden. As a result of the longstanding friendship Peter and Martin Burton, the owner of Zippos Circus, Peter was able to persuade Martin that whenever the “circus comes to town” in Beddington Park, he would send some clowns to the children’s unit of the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital in Belmont, to help brighten up their lives.

Cllr Peter Geiringer and Cllr Pam Picknett are shown here together with the clowns during their visit in May. Pam said of her visit, “Just to see the smiles on the children’s faces was a heart-warming experience”.

Zippos Circus is one of the UK’s largest and most popular travelling circuses and has been touring the country for the past 25 years. Owned by Zippo the Clown himself, Martin Burton, the show has brought sunshine and laughter to a great number of communities. It’s good that Peter has brought some of that the Marsden to lift the spirits of the children there.