Fundraisers come in colours everywhere


A SPLASH of colour was injected into Carlisle as 1,500 people turned out to support one of the county's best-known charities.

Eden Valley Hospice held its third annual Colour Run last Sunday with a huge crowd turning out at Carlisle Racecourse to take part.

Running at the event for the first time was Catherine Greer and her son Cameron, 12, of Claygate and their friends Joanne Blackadder, who works for Eden Valley Hospice, and her two sons Joseph, 11, and Isaac, nine, of Carlisle.

Taking part for the third time were friends Jan McIlwraith and her son Ewan, 13, of Canonbie.

Those who signed up had to make it round a 5km course, while volunteers threw brightly-coloured paint all over them at six different points around the track.

Joanne said: "It was great fun to do with family and friends while raising money and awareness for Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw."

To help make the event even more fun the hospice had arranged for a foam machine to greet competitors near the finishing line.

Jan said: "The Colour Run was brilliant fun, there was a great atmosphere and it was worthwhile getting covered in paint and foam in aid of the hospice."

People from both sides of the border signed up, many of whom had a strong personal connection to the cause.

Catherine said: "Cameron and I had a lot of fun running through the paint stations and particularly the foam one. What a wonderful way to celebrate my 50th birthday with friends and family, while raising money for a good cause."

Dawn Lamb of Langholm, who was accompanied by her daughter, Matilda, three, said: "Quite a few of us ran from Langholm, including Angela Kay, Mairi Beattie and myself. Angela's son Dylan, who is disabled, also did it. It was also Matilda's first 5k."

One of the hospice's community fundraisers Sam Johnston said: "The colour run is our biggest event of the year and by far our biggest single fundraiser.

"We've got about 1,400 runners from families, to friends and other people associated with the hospice. It's a really diverse crowd and an event everyone can take part in."

"This event has been a huge success for us and we're always happy afterwards that they've gone well," Sam added.

"That's based not only on the number of people taking part but also how much money is raised. We'll keep doing them because they are successful."

Last year's event raised about £62,000 and hospice bosses hope they can top that total.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 9:32AM
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