Families invited to colour their run in aid of hospice

ALL THE COLOURS ... St Clare's Hospice launching its Rainbow Run.
ALL THE COLOURS ... St Clare's Hospice launching its Rainbow Run.

FAMILIES are being invited to add a splash of colour in a bid to raise money for a South Tyneside hospice.

St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow has launched its second Rainbow Run.

The event will take place at Monkton Stadium, in Dene Terrace, Jarrow, on Sunday, June 7.

The untimed family run, over a distance of 1k or 5k, will see participants start off clean as a whistle, before being showered head to toe in vibrantly-coloured powdered paint as they make their way around the route.

The run will help to raise money for patient care at the hospice, in Primrose Terrace, and is open to men, women and children, aged from six.

Senior fundraiser Sonia Graham, who is organising this year’s event, said: “The Rainbow Run is a fun, feel-good, family event, and we are planning to create a real party atmosphere.

ON THE RUN ... children helping to raise money for South Tyneside hospice.

ON THE RUN ... children helping to raise money for South Tyneside hospice.

“Feedback from last year’s Rainbow Run told us that participants wanted a longer run, so we are providing just that. Participants can choose to run the 1k or the 5k.

“This year we are also lowering the age limit, as we know how much children love to get messy.

“With music, games, entertainment and a prize for the most painted, this will certainly be a Sunday to remember.”

The run will feature colour-throwing stations to douse the participants in the safe and non-toxic powdered paint.

The Rainbow Run is a fun, feel-good, family event and we are planning to create a real party atmosphere.

Sonia Graham

The stations have been adopted by Fit 4 Less Jarrow, LS Care, Peter Johnson Funerals and Vic Young Mitsubishi, who are supporting the event.

Radio South Tyneside has also signed up to support the event and will be there on the day playing music to spur the runners on.

Radio South Tyneside communications manager, Simon Smith, said: “We supported the first event last year and it was great fun for all involved, so of course we said ‘yes’ when we were asked to support the bigger and more colourful event in 2015.”

St Clare’s Hospice has been providing care to the local community since 1987 and offers a range of services for patients and their families, following a holistic approach that aims to address physical symptoms, spiritual and emotional.

Visit www.stclareshospice.co.uk to download a registration form, call 451 6400 or e-mail fundraising@stclareshospice.co.uk for more information.

St Clare’s is also looking for volunteers to help with registration, throwing the powered paint, giving out medals and tidying up the site.

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