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Hospice rainbow ‘Bubble Rush’ raises more than £30,000

Barnsley’s Locke Park was transformed into a rainbow of bubbles yesterday as over 1500 people gathered for Barnsley Hospice’s biggest fund-raiser of the year, the 5k ‘Bubble Rush, which is expected to beat the £30,000 total raised from last year’s inaugural event.

Participants, known as ‘bubblers’, were given white t-shirts which turned multi-coloured by four bubble stations, which were sponsored by Perfect Blinds, Copier Systems, Blue Line Taxis and Dean Forward Motorsports.

Martyn Hughes, events fund-raiser at Barnsley Hospice, said: “The support from the Barnsley community for this event has been outstanding and it felt quite emotional at times seeing just how many people turned up. The Bubble Rush has now secured its place as our biggest event of the year and we’d like to thank everyone involved in making it such a huge success.”

Participants are now being encouraged to submit their sponsorship money as soon as possible, with every penny helping the hospice care for patients and families affected by life-limiting illnesses. The charity has to raise £2.2m a year, in addition to £1.6m funding from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Barnsley Hospice is based in Gawber and provides specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease. It has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care at the on-site Limes Support and Therapy Centre.

  • Photograph shows Sam Silverwood and her daughter Libby enjoying this year’s event.

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