CHARITY champs are wanted to bring a splash of colour to a major fundraising event in South Tyneside.
St Clare’s Hospice is appealing for volunteers to support its first ever Rainbow Run.
The run is a 1km sponsored event, to be held at Bents Park, South Shields, on Saturday, September 20.
A fun, untimed race, it will see volunteers showering participants with coloured powders as they raise cash for the Jarrow-based hospice, whose annual operating costs have risen to almost £2m, to help care for people with life-limiting illnesses.
Hospice senior fundraiser Vanessa Mustard said: “We’ve been looking for something new for a little while now to shake up our events calendar, and hosting a Rainbow Run seemed to fit the bill.
“We really need some more volunteers to help with throwing the coloured powders.
“It’s easy to take part – just return your registration form to us at the hospice and join us for a fun run with a difference.”
The Rainbow Run is open to anyone aged eight and over, although those under 18 need parental consent and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Hospice fundraising manager Marie Campbell said: “The photos we’ve seen from other people who have held similar events are brilliant and the event is great fun.
“We are looking forward to seeing Bents Park filled with participants covered in every colour of the rainbow, and all the while raising funds we need in order to keep St Clare’s providing services to our local community.”
Adults taking part in the Rainbow Run should aim to raise at least £100 and children £20 in sponsorship.
Once registered, participants will receive a sponsorship pack, containing everything they need to start fundraising.
Anyone wishing to volunteer their services should call the hospice on 451 6400, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the hospice’s website at www.stclareshospice.co.uk/rainbow-run