Almost £25,000 has been raised at the successful Bubble Rush

Grantham Bubble Rush raises almost £25,000 for local Hospice

Almost £25,000 has been raised at the successful Bubble Rush hosted by St Barnabas Hospice on Sunday 8th July

On Sunday 8th July, around 550 people came together to run the 5k Bubble Rush at Stoke Rochford Hall in support of St Barnabas Hospice. These inspiring runners have collectively raised almost £25,000 for the Hospice.

People young and old joined forces at Stoke Rochford Hall, with the youngest participant being just a toddler and the oldest participant being 79-years-old!

The Bubble Rush is a 5km route around Stoke Rochford Hall, with bubble cannons pumping out brightly coloured foam at each kilometre. Although the weather was hot, it didn’t stop the first runner back completing the course in less than 30 minutes!

79-year-old Helen Smith from Croxton Kerrial near Grantham completed the Bubble Rush in less than two hours, with the help of a walking frame. Helen was taking part in memory of her husband, John, who sadly died a couple of years ago in the St Barnabas Hospice in the Hospital from metastatic cancer of the lung. Prior to his fifteen days spent in the Hospice, he received Hospice at Home care from St Barnabas, as well as attending Day Therapy sessions in Grantham.

Before setting off, Helen said:

“I read a story about a five-year-old who took part in last year’s St Barnabas Bubble Rush, and she really inspired me. If she can do it, then why can’t I?

“I have been very unwell myself and cannot walk without the use of sticks, so I see this as a goal to help get my life back to normal.

“John will definitely be looking down on me and chuckling the whole way round, but I know he’d be very proud.”

Amelia Mochan, Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“It was such an emotional moment when Helen crossed the finish line, and the spectators had all gathered to cheer in her amazing effort. I couldn’t be prouder of the lengths our supporters go to when fundraising for our Hospice.

“The money raised from the Bubble Rush is crucial in helping St Barnabas deliver care and support across Lincolnshire. With it, we can care for more patients living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers.”

“A lot of our mass participation events involve a level of activeness – whether that be running, walking or climbing over inflatables!

To get in touch with the Events team about this event or future events, call 01522 540 300 or email fundraising@stbarnabashospice.co.uk. You can see a full list of the Hospice events at www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/events

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