Colourful fundraising event returns in aid of the hospice

Vibrant colours will brighten up Carlisle later this year as fundraisers transform themselves from a blank canvas into a rainbow of colour in aid of the local charity.

On Sunday 8 May 2016 Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice will transform Carlisle Racecourse with a blast of powdered paint at their second Colour Run event.

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Earlier this year the local charity hosted its first Colour Run which attracted more than 1,500 fundraisers to Carlisle Racecourse for a day of fun with all of the family. One group of fundraisers taking part on the day were from Gretna Primary School and Head Teacher John McDowall explains why they joined the colourful event.

John explained “Gretna Primary has supported the hospice through school fundraising for a number of years. We were inspired at an assembly a few years back by the work that goes on to help people live as fulfilling lives despite many setbacks. Some staff have been touched by the kindness and support the hospice provides personally. We want to help in any way we can.

“Staff at Gretna Primary are always up for a laugh and love working as a team, and when we saw the colour run advertised we thought it was a great way of raising money for a good cause whilst getting together and having a laugh! It was a fantastic event; well organised, fun and a bit crazy at the same time! We look forward to taking part again this year!”

The vibrant event will see fundraisers transformed from a blank canvas into a rainbow of colour as they pass through the different paint stations where they will be showered in coloured powder paint. The paint is made from cornstarch and fully tested cosmetic dyes.

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw’s 2015 Colour Run events, in Carlisle and Kendal, raised over £80,000 to help the care, support and activities provided to local adults and children with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all of the patients’ family, friends and carers.

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Katrina Sander, Community and Events Fundraising Manager, said “Last year’s Colour Run events in Carlisle and Kendal were amazing and it was fantastic to see so many people, of all ages, coming together to support the hospice and we hope to do the same next year.

“2016 is a special year for Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary and the Colour Run is just one of the many ways the local community can join in the celebrations. As part of our 25th Birthday Wish List we would love to see 2,000 fundraisers covering themselves in powdered paint at this year’s Colour Run.”

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The vibrant day of fundraising will not end at the finish line as the local charity hosts the bright and vibrant after party. This will provide all of the fundraisers and spectators with the chance to dance the afternoon away enjoying the fantastic entertainment and showering themselves in more paint.

John added, “We wholly recommend the Colour Run to anyone thinking about taking part. You do not have to be an athlete and can take it at your own pace – there is no pressure put on you. The atmosphere was tremendous and the memories it has created for all taking part will be eternal.

“The event is well organised and the team from the hospice are there to support you if necessary. When we reached the end and got our medal we all felt such a sense of achievement. Do not think about it; do it! Sign up now and support a great cause in a great way!”

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice have kept the entry prices from the 2015 event, however prices may increase closer to the event.

Registration is now open for the Colour Run at Carlisle Racecourse. Prices are £15 Adults, £7.50 Children (under 16), £35 Family (two adults and two children), and £45 Group (four adults). Entry to the event includes a white t-shirt and a pair of funky sun glasses. To register today or for more information please call the Fundraising Team on 01228 817613 or visit our Colour Run page.