Fundrais­ing for the Hospice of St Fran­cis

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

THE sun shone and the bub­bles flowed for thou­sands of peo­ple who took part in a hospice’s in­au­gu­ral fundrais­ing event.

Some 2,700 peo­ple took part in the Hospice of St Fran­ics’ first ever Bubble Rush on Sun­day, April 17.

The sell-out event, which took place at Gade­bridge Park, in Hemel Hemp­stead, has so far raised £115,000 and ris­ing for the char­ity.

Par­tic­i­pants of all ages and abilities ran, walked or danced their way through bubble sta­tions as they were blasted by can­nons blow­ing out crazy coloured bub­bles, cov­er­ing them in safe, frothy foam. A gi­ant street slide greeted them at the fi­nale and there was en­ter­tain­ment and stalls sell­ing re­fresh­ments in the Bubble Village.

The brand new Bubble Rush proved so pop­u­lar that the hospice’s fundrais­ing team has al­ready opened a pri­or­ity list for next year’s event on April 30.

The hospice’s events man­ager Fran Martin said: “It’s amaz­ing that we’ve staged the first ever Herts Bubble Rush, which was fab­u­lous frothy fun, and it’s now our ex­clu­sive event, bringing a whole new com­mu­nity to Gade­bridge Park and a whole new group of sup­port­ers to The Hospice of St Fran­cis.

“Our bril­liant Bub­blers have raised a phe­nom­e­nal amount, which could pay for a bed for a whole year in our In­pa­tient Unit and I just want to say a huge thank you to ev­ery­one who took part, to our loyal and com­mit­ted mar­shals and vol­un­teers, to our spon­sors, Hil­lier Hop­kins LLP, and ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted in any way.

“The event was sold out within five weeks of us launch­ing it and we know it’ll sell out again so we urge any­one keen to take part in next year’s event to join our pri­or­ity list.”

Teams from all over Bucks took part, in­clud­ing mum-oftwo Caroline Hart, 49, from Wy­ck­eridge Close, Chesham, and her daugh­ter Jenny, 21.

Jenny, who has raised more than £130 said: “I thought it was a great event to be in­volved in, de­spite hav­ing green legs when I got home.

“We both thought the bub­bles and foam made run­ning 5k much more fun and it was great to see some many chil­dren of all ages join­ing in and hav­ing fun.

“My fam­ily has been in­volved in var­i­ous events sup­port­ing the hospice over re­cent years. It just feels right to sup­port it as the hospice pro­vides an in­valu­able ser­vice to lo­cal peo­ple.”

For Michele Horn, from Char­tridge Lane, Chesham, the Bubble Rush was her fam­ily’s first fundrais­ing event for the hospice.

The 45-year-old pro­fes­sional gar­dener took part with her daugh­ter Lizzie, 14, her friend Lyn Sul­li­van, 46, and Lyn’s 15-year-old daugh­ter Mil­lie.

To­gether, they’ve raised just over £360.

Michele said: “We did it for the fun fac­tor, the eas­i­ness fac­tor and be­cause Lyn’s mum had lots of sup­port from the hospice.

“It was so much fun. The four of us had such a good time rolling through the foam and cov­er­ing each other in it. We’ve never done any­thing like it be­fore and even though we did run it, we knew we could walk if we wanted to. We’ll def­i­nitely be do­ing it again – and next time we’ll take my seven-year-old son, Bobby, too.”

Louise Hob­ley, from Chesham, took part with her five-year-old son, Ben, a pupil at New­town School.

She said: “We had the time of our lives. Com­ing down the slide to­gether su­per­fast at the end was awe­some. What an amaz­ing event for fam­i­lies and kids of all ages.”

The Hospice of St Fran­cis pro­vides free care for peo­ple liv­ing with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses across Bucks and Herts but re­lies on vol­un­tary do­na­tions for 80 per cent of its £4.8mil­lion.

To join the pri­or­ity list for next year’s event visit www.stfran­­bub­blerushfb2017 or email bub­blerush@stfran­

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