Weston Hospicecare brought a brand new event to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (5th August) when hundreds of people took part in a Bubble Rush.
The 5km Bubble Rush saw participants of all ages running their way through a sea of colourful foam, with special ‘bubble stations’ placed along the route at Apex Park.
Participants of all ages had a fun time running, walking or toddling their way around the course, and at the same time raising vital funds for Weston Hospicecare.
Following a brilliant warm-up and musical entertainment from an MC, who played lots of crowd-pleasing tunes, the first wave of participants set off through a sea of foamy, colourful bubbles as they took on the 5km course.
Event Manager Kelsey Dehaney thanked all who had taken part and told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “Events like this one are a really important part of our fundraising and by taking part you have helped us to deliver our free care to people in the area facing a life-limiting illness, and support to their families and friends.”
“With less than 21% of the £3.5 million that we need to deliver our services each year, we are reliant on the support of our community. With the summer holidays upon us, this is a great day out for everyone!”
A team of nurses, pictured below, from Weston General Hospital were among those taking part for Weston Hospicecare.
They include Jayne Biddiscombe from Burnham, who is a complex needs sister at the Trust. She said: “A few years ago I lost my wonderful uncle Paul to bowel cancer – he was just 57 when he died.”
“He and his partner received such compassionate and dignified care and support from staff in a wonderful hospice in Cornwall so I wanted to raise some money for my own local hospice to help them continue to deliver the same care for others.”
“Competing in this year’s Bubble Rush was my way of showing support to the hospice and remembering my uncle.”
Emma Newbold, lead nurse in palliative care, adds: “Weston Hospicecare do a fantastic job. Two years ago the hospice looked after my mother-in-law and took incredible care of her. I wanted to thank them by raising money through the Bubble Rush.”
Jan Dallard, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care at the hospital, added: “Weston Hospicecare are an invaluable part of the local community so I’m looking forward to taking part in the Bubble Rush with the rest of my colleagues to raise money for this fantastic organisation that do so much for others.”
Pictured (left to right): Jayne Biddiscombe, Emma Newbold, Jan Dallard and Jodie Fry (photos Jonathan Smith)