Have a blast while you help charity

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SOUTH­PORT-BASED sight loss charity Gal­loway’s So­ci­ety for the Blind is bringing back a blast of colour to South­port’s Princes Park and Prom­e­nade this sum­mer.

The charity, which sup­ports more than 7,000 blind and par­tially sighted peo­ple each year, had more than 400 run­ners take part in the Colour Blast last year, rais­ing more than £10,000 to pro­vide life-chang­ing sup­port.

Char­lotte Car­nell, fundraiser at Gal­loway’s, said: “There are over 50,000 peo­ple liv­ing in the Sefton and Lan­cashire area af­fected by sight loss and this is a great event to get in­volved, have lots of fun and make a real dif­fer­ence.

“You can ei­ther run, walk or dance your way around the 5k route, whilst an army of vol­un­teers make you as bright as pos­si­ble with coloured pow­der.

“The Gal­loway’s Colour Blast is some­thing that all the fam­ily can take part in.”

All money raised by the Colour Blast will go a long way to­wards sup­port lo­cal peo­ple through the chal­lenges and dev­as­ta­tion that sight loss can bring.

The Gal­loway’s Colour Blast 2018 in South­port will be­gin at 11am on Sun­day, July 15. There is an early bird reg­is­tra­tion fee of £15 avail­able.

Reg­is­tra­tion de­tails and more in­for­ma­tion about the event can be found by search­ing on www.eventbrite.co.uk, call­ing 01772 744148 or by email­ing char­lotte.car­nell@ gal­loways.org.uk.

Nathan Scan­lon, a pre­vi­ous par­tic­i­pant, said: “My­self and my two chil­dren took part in the 2017 Colour Blast, it wasn’t about run­ning the 5k, but rather mak­ing a dif­fer­ence by get­ting as bright and as colour­ful as pos­si­ble.

“It was the most in­cred­i­ble day that we as a fam­ily could en­joy do­ing some­thing to­gether.

“I also knew that through do­ing this, Gal­loway’s would be able to de­liver the vi­tal ser­vices and of­fer the same op­por­tu­ni­ties that sighted peo­ple can take for granted.”

Gal­loway’s sup­ports blind and par­tially-sighted peo­ple through­out Sefton and Lan­cashire at any point dur­ing their sight loss, whether that be at the point of di­ag­no­sis or be­ing en­cour­aged to live in­de­pen­dently.

To find out more about the Gal­loway’s 2018 Colour Blast, or any other ser­vices from Gal­loway’s, call Char­lotte on 01772 744148.

KAREN MOR­RIS.

Run­ners get pow­ered at the Colour Blast last year and, inset, Nathan Scan­lon and his chil­dren

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