Lovely bubbly for fundraising race soap stars
THE UK’s first-ever Bubble Rush attracted a record 7,000 spectators for East Cheshire Hospice’s newest fundraising event.
Five-foot high walls of foam replaced fast cars at Cheshire’s Oulton Park, but nothing seemed to deter more than 1,900 runners who either ran or walked a five-kilometre soapy route.
Many people opted to make it a whole family challenge.
Crowds enjoyed slides, bouncy castles and live music at the event, which was jointly organised by the East Cheshire Hospice and St Luke’s Hospice. Bubble runs are an American craze and have now been brought to Cheshire by the two charities.
All ages took part, including six-year-old William Killilea from Wilmslow who has so far raised £520 from friends and family.
Dad Stephen said: “We’re so proud of him, he ran all the way, only slowing down to get the bubbles out of his mouth.
“I had trouble keeping up with him.”
East Cheshire Hospice event organiser Jessica Ruth said: “We took a big risk staging the first-ever Bubble Rush in the UK, but it really paid off.
‘‘We are so grateful to all our supporters who travelled to the race track for a day of frothy fun.
‘‘It is estimated that the event has raised an incredible £18,000 to support the work of East Cheshire Hospice and there are already plans afoot for another event.
“Everyone had a great time and the feedback has been fantastic.
“We are planning a similar event next year.”
Cheshire Hospice is holding a ‘come and see’ morning for anyone wanting to volunteer for the local charity.
Information on more than 60 volunteer roles on offer will be available at the event, which takes place at the hospice on Tuesday, June 2, between 10am-1pm.
Roles include working with patients, administrative, reception and fundraising. The event takes place at the hospice at the Millbank Drive in Macclesfield.
l● Runners at the start line of the Bubble Rush at Oulton Park