The Dorothy House 2017 Bubble Rush which took place on Sunday 25 June saw over 1,600 people taking part in a 5k fun run or walk at Castle Combe Race Circuit near Chippenham. Last year, the Bubble Rush raised over £50,000, a sum which we’re on target to beat this year!
Huge thanks to everyone who took part and ran, walked and danced their way along the 5km route filled with five bubble stations full of white, pink, yellow, blue and green foam. At each bubble station a high-powered foam cannon blew out huge clouds of coloured foam for runners to play and jump around in.
The Bubble Village was busy with a pre-event warm up routine, live entertainment, children’s activities including bouncy castles, zorbing, games and face painting and lots of food and drink stalls.
One of those who took part was Jackie Harrison from Chippenham, who attended with her sisters, Mum and other family members to remember her Dad, Derek Chappell. She said, “We had a great time at the Bubble Rush and loved getting the family together to celebrate Dad’s memory with a Round The World picnic. Since Dorothy House cared for my Dad last year, I tell everyone that the hospice offers so much more than just somewhere to die, including respite care and facilities to enhance life and help patients and carers live well. Yet the mention of hospice care can set fear in the hearts of many people, including our Mum and Dad, who saw it as the end of the road. I so wish they’d realised what an amazing place Dorothy House is sooner because Dad would have had far more support to help him and Mum.“
Another participant, Debbie Cutler from Calne, whose son Tom Bowden sadly died in April 2016 said, “Eight members of our family took part in the 2017 Bubble Rush in memory of my son Tom. We as a family can never thank Dorothy House enough for everything they did for Tom, their kindness and care was outstanding and we will continue to support Dorothy House in whatever way we can.”
Amanda and John Tucker and their sons Jamie and Liam from Melksham did their first Bubble Rush together to celebrate Liam’s 8th birthday. Amanda said: “We all had a brilliant day and Liam loved celebrating his Birthday party at the Bubble Rush and playing around in the foam with his friends and family. We chose this event for his party as we wanted the money to go to Dorothy House because it is such a great local charity.”
Emily Knight, Events Fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care said, “Our second Bubble Rush was a great success with over 200 more people taking part this year, it was wonderful to see so many local folks getting involved and having fun while raising money for Dorothy House. I hope people will continue to donate their sponsorship money as every penny counts, for each £1 we earn from the NHS, the hospice has to raise another £4.”
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