11th July 2016

Hospice Rainbow Runners go colour crazy!

Hundreds of people created a riot of colour in the popular St Richard’s Hospice Rainbow Run on Sunday. (10th July)

Over 370 people joined the charity’s third Rainbow Run at the new University of Worcester Lakeside Campus, previously known as Top Barn Activity Centre. They walked, jogged or ran the 2.5km and 5km route where they were showered with colours of the rainbow.

Hospice Community Fundraiser, Charlie Homer said, “We really appreciate everyone who took part and all the volunteers who helped make it so special. The atmosphere was brilliant with everyone enjoying the fun. It was great to see individuals, colleagues and families running together, many remembering someone special.”

He added, “We are hoping that the event will have raised in the region of £20,000 for our care which could fund a highly experienced Nurse Specialist for five months, offering support to patients in their own homes.”

Runner Lynne Freeman said, “it was a great way to spend a Sunday morning, and more importantly for a great cause.”

Abi McPherson added, “Great event, well organised and fantastic that my nine year old niece could run in memory of her grandma.”

The Rainbow Run was kindly sponsored by Open GI, Worcester based insurance software specialists.

Mr Homer also thanked volunteers from Atkins Global; TK Maxx, Worcester; Open GI and Tesco St Peters for running the paint stations; DJ Jamie M Events and fitness and nutrition coach, Irene Surridge and her team.

Click on the Facebook photos below to see lots of images from the day.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.