HUBBLE, BUBBLE, FUN AND FROLICS AMONG THE FOAM
Fundraising for the Hospice of St Francis
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.stfrancis.org.uk/hertsbubblerushfb2017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.