Hav­ing a blast in the bub­bles

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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.

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