Having a blast in the bubbles
Hundreds of people braved the hot and humid weather conditions to run, walk or dance their way around the 5km course and through millions of colourful bubbles at four different bubble stations, blowing out pink, blue, green and yellow frothy foam.
So far the event has raised more than £50,000 to support hospice care – a figure expected to rise once all the sponsorship money has been counted.
The event, launched by Mayor of Chesham Emily Culverhouse, included fundraisers running the course in memory of friends or relatives who have received or are re- ceiving care and support at the Berkhamstedbased hospice.
Fran Martin, senior events manager at the hospice, said: “It is the first time we have brought Bubble Rush to Bucks and it was just fantastic to see so many people turn out to support the hospice and enjoy the bubbles.
“There was a lovely atmosphere on the day and despite the soaring temperatures it was great to see so many people going round the course with a smile on their face.
“I’d like to thank our sponsors IBB Solicitors and everyone who gave up their time to volunteer on the day and help cheer everyone round the course.”
Among those taking part were Anthony Parker, 41, and his eight-year-old son Zack, from Eskdale Avenue, Chesham.
The pair took part just days after losing their wife and mum Lisa, 47, who passed away at the hos- pice. She was diagnosed with motor neurone disease ( MND) two-and-ahalf years ago.
Anthony, a special effects sculptor in the film industry, said: “The hospice has been amazing – so kind and caring to Lisa and so supportive to us.
“Lisa’s MND had become so complicated that I really don’t know how we would have coped without the hospice. She’d been there since February and she truly couldn’t have been in a better place.
“We wanted to do the Bubble Rush in Lisa’s memory to show how much we appreciate everything the hospice has done for us.
“It’s been emotional but it’s been great fun. As we ran through the bubbles, we kept saying Lisa would be laughing at us.”
So far, Anthony and Zack, a pupil at Thomas Harding Junior School in Chesham, have raised £1,742 through their Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/anthony-parker6.
Natalie Hart, 47, from Mount Nugent, Chesham, and her daughter Megan, 18, were part of the 18-strong Team Hart running in memory of her late husband Dave, a retained Chesham firefighter who died at the hospice in 2013, aged just 42.
The veteran fundraiser, who holds a ‘Dave the Rave Disco’ every year in aid of the hospice and has taken part in many hospice events raising a total of £16,500, said: “It was just fantastic.
“There was a real community buzz.
“I’ve done lots of hospice events but this is definitely up there with the best of them.
To find out more about the hospice’s next big fundraising event, The Mud Pack Challenge, at Ashridge House on Sunday October 15, visit www.stfrancis.org.uk/ mudpack.