Tameside Bub­blers froth with mirth at fundraiser

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“AWE­SOME! Fan­tas­tic! Amaz­ing! Can’t wait to do it again!” These are just some of the com­ments from Wil­low Wood’s Bub­blers about their in­volve­ment in the first Bub­ble Rush at Duk­in­field Rugby Club.

It re­ally was a fan­tas­tic event last Sun­day and even the sun shone down as five bub­ble sta­tions filled up with clouds of coloured foam.

The at­mos­phere was amaz­ing as around 500 peo­ple, from tod­dlers to sil­ver surfers, threw them­selves into the bubbles rais­ing thou­sands for Wil­low Wood as they did so.

Some were run­ning in mem­ory of a loved one, some to sup­port their lo­cal hos­pice while hav­ing a great day out, and all agreed that it was an in­cred­i­ble way to spend a sum­mer af­ter­noon.

The photos and videos re­ally tell the story, so please check out the Wil­low Wood Face­book page if you’d like to know more about the Bub­ble Rush or to re­live the fun.

It will def­i­nitely be in the fundrais­ing di­ary for next year, so keep in touch with Face­book, Twit­ter and www.wil­low­wood.info for de­tails of the next one – it’s sure to be a sell­out!

It was a bit­ter­sweet day as well; as it was the very last event or­gan­ised by John Fel­lowes and Dot Birch­field be­fore their re­tire­ment on Fri­day, July 29.

John and Dot have clocked up the un­be­liev­able fig­ure of 38 years work­ing for Wil­low Wood be­tween them, both start­ing be­fore the hos­pice was even built.

Over the years they have raised in­cred­i­ble sums to help Wil­low Wood con­tinue to care for lo­cal peo­ple, and Dot was the driv­ing force be­hind this fi­nal, won­der­ful fundrais­ing event.

Dot said: “I al­ways be­lieved that the Bub­ble Rush would be a great ad­di­tion to our cal­en­dar, and I’m thrilled my fi­nal event has been so amaz­ing.

“My thanks to ev­ery­one who helped – our won­der­ful vol­un­teers, Mediskills who do­nated their time and ex­per­tise to­day, Tameside Ra­dio who were broad­cast­ing live, Siz­zlers Cater­ing, Sweet­est Feel­ing Candy Carts, face­painter Cheryl Daven­port, and of course ev­ery­one who ei­ther took part in, or spon­sored some­one, in the Bub­ble Rush.”

John agreed: “It’s been a won­der­ful day. We’ve loved ev­ery minute of our time at Wil­low Wood, and I’d like to thank our com­mu­nity from the bot­tom of my heart for all their sup­port over the years, it’s been tremen­dous.”

A tribute from fam­ily and friends

Coun­cil­lor Brian Wild and his daugh­ter Su­san

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