Nottinghamshire Hospice

Adding Life to Days

Nottinghamshire families get foamy for a good cause!

It was a glorious day of sunshine at the Forest Recreation Ground on Sunday, as local families turned out in their hundreds to support Nottinghamshire Hospice’s biggest – and messiest – event ever: the Bubble Rush.

The first of its kind in the East Midlands, Bubble Rush is one of the most fun 5k runs out there, as participants were greeted by four giant foam cannons blasting out waves of blue, green, yellow and pink bubbles as they went.

Those taking part were welcome to walk, wheel or run around the track, and of course, the colourful and fruity-scented foam was a big hit with younger participants, many of whom did an extra few laps back and forth at their favourite bubble station!

It was the family-friendly element that encouraged mother and daughter team Emma and Eleanor from Long Eaton: “My daughter runs anyway, but not all 5k runs are so family-friendly and we thought this looked like great fun!”

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Pictured: Emma and Eleanor. For more images from the day, head over to our Facebook page

Running with her husband and two children, Shilpa Kuckian also liked the inclusive approach: “This is the first 5k run we’ve all done together as a family – it’s just a bit nicer for the kids to join in instead of cheering me on from the side.”

Hospice staff were also well-represented on the bubble track, including Sutton-in-Ashfield shop manager Lynne Radford running alongside her niece Kelly and shop volunteer Macala, and Rehabilitation Support Worker Katie Gilvear taking part with her family.

Everyone was cheered on enthusiastically by Radio Nottingham’s Pip Watts, while runners were waved on by special guests including BBC Radio Nottingham’s Mark Dennison, Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Jackie Morris and Lady Mayoress Sandra Littlewood.

Luckily, the sun kept his hat on until the last bubble-rusher was through the finish line and there were lots of happy, multi-coloured smiles as people made their way home (attracting a few glances on the tram as they went!).

Thank yous!

Our very first bubble rush has also been our biggest event in our 35 year history. We couldn’t have held the event without support from volunteers from across the county, so we thank everyone who donated their time including:

Event partner, Heart of Experian Charity Fund; event sponsor, Capital One; The Cornerhouse; Belgo; Nuffield Health; Pip Watts, BBC Radio Nottingham (Compere); Mark Dennison, BBC Radio Nottingham; the Lord Mayor of Nottingham Jackie Morris and Lady Mayoress Sandra Littlewood; Dave Saunders, Chair of Trustees, Nottinghamshire Hospice; Bernard Brady, President, Nottinghamshire Hospice; Nathan Ashman; Ben Bieeu; Laura Gavin; Stuart Palmer Photography; Harvey Gibson, Victory Visuals; Raynet; Nottingham Tennis Centre; Nottingham City Council Parks Team; PCSO Lucy Oram; John Todd; Pete Hopkins; John Miles; Paul Hatton; Dave Moss; Lloyd Major, Nottinghamshire Police and all volunteers who helped support the day through various roles such as registration and marshalling.

Nottinghamshire Hospice Chief Executive, Rowena Naylor – Morrell said: “Events like Bubble Rush ensure we can continue to support local people who have life-limiting conditions. We are consistently and constantly amazed and impressed with the kindness and generosity of the people of Nottinghamshire. Events like Bubble Rush help us to support patients but it is also a way of creating fun and lasting memories.”

All in all, it was brilliant day and our supporters did us proud, helping the Hospice to continue caring for people with life-limiting illnesses across Nottinghamshire.

We will be holding many more varied events through the year, visit our Get Involved page to find the perfect event or challenge for you and your family!