The Cynthia Spencer Hospice Colour Run is back for 2019 and hundreds of fun-runners are again expected to take part, get messy and raise money for the Hospice. The event takes place on Saturday 11th May at Overstone Park, which has been the home of the 5k cross-country course for the past three years.
One family who will be returning once again to take part in the event is that of Claire Moulds-Roberts. Claire and her daughter Adelaide decided to take part in last year’s Colour Run while looking for a charity fun run to do together as a distraction to Claire’s Mum Diane’s admission to hospital. Claire said: “The Colour Run popped up and we just loved the sound of it. We had the best time ever and from start to finish we laughed mainly because of how unfit I am! We went straight to the hospital afterwards to tell Mum and show her the pictures. Later that day I got told the news that nothing more could be done for Mum and in June she was admitted to Cynthia Spencer Hospice. She went back in about four times throughout 2018 and was finally admitted again in December. She then passed away in January this year.
“My squad are all involved in this year’s Colour Run, there will be loads of us and we have already raised over £1,000 with a bank matching what we’ve raised. I’ve joined the choir, I play the Hospice lottery, I’m doing a skydive and an abseil. All these things I’m doing, that my friends and family are backing me on 100%, is because of how much I think of the Hospice. I already feel like I’ve won the lottery because you gave me the greatest gift of all, the time with my Mum, the goodbyes, the memories and most of all, the love”.
Cynthia Spencer Hospice event fundraiser, Sarah Denston, who is organising the Colour Run, said: “The Colour Run is a family day all about fun, getting messy and raising money to support the amazing care provided to patients and their families at the Hospice and throughout the local communities. The run is non-competitive and you can get around the 5K course however you like – running, jogging, walking, or you might even fancy breaking into a salsa!
“Last year’s event raised £20,000 and we’re calling on the people of Northamptonshire to help us raise even more in 2019 so don’t delay, sign up today by visiting www.cynthiaspencer.org.uk/colourrun or call our fundraising office on 01604 973340 to sign up over the phone.”
The Colour Run course is dotted with several paint stations where volunteers will throw vibrant coloured powdered paint at the runners as they pass by. The paint is made from corn starch so is completely non-toxic, biodegradable and washes off easily. It is recommended that participants wear sunglasses to ensure their eyes are protected.