[A] local landscaping company helped transform the playing field at a Hensingham school this week by changing it from its natural green to a host of rainbow colours.
Coombe & Sharpe Landscaping Ltd. generously sponsored Jericho Primary School’s first Mini Colour Run, meaning that all money raised from the day can go towards vital palliative care services delivered by Hospice at Home West Cumbria.
Children, parents and staff joined together on the school field on Thursday afternoon to battle the rain and bravely tackle the 400 meter course. Over 240 pupils, aged from three to eleven, took part in the non-competitive event, and were showered with a sea of colourful powder paint.
Coombe & Sharpe, who regularly fund and support local community activities, have been working with the primary school and Hospice at Home West Cumbria in support of the event. Entrants were charged a small fee to take part and then asked to raise additional sponsorship. Fundraising totals will be announced next week.
The race was started by Paul Coombe, partner and director at Lillyhall-based, landscaping company Coombe & Sharpe Landscaping Ltd, and despite the grey skies and pouring rain, the children couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Parents, teaching staff and Hospice volunteers enthusiastically manned the paint throwing stations and were even joined by local Police Community Support Officers.
Shaun Monaghan, Headteacher said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be supporting Hospice at Home West Cumbria today by taking part in this innovative event. Many of our families have been touched in some way by the charity and lots of our teaching staff care deeply about the cause. Our children are always up for some excitement and fun but they are also a very caring lot and they enjoy raising money for people in need. Teaching the children to support and care for people within our immediate community is always a high priority for us and what better way to do it than through something like this? It’s been great working with Hospice and parental support has been overwhelming. It’s been fantastic to see so many pupils taking part and the huge number of parents who have come out to cheer them on.”
Paul Coombe, partner and director at Coombe & Sharpe said, “We were delighted to sponsor today’s event and it’s been great to come down and see all the kids taking part and having fun. We started our company 28 years ago and in that time we have done lots of work in the area, helping us to slowly expand and get to where we are today. The great thing about the Colour Run is that everyone wins. Not only have the school been able to take part in a really fun event but we’ve raised much-needed funds for a fantastic local charity. It’s so important that businesses get involved in community activities like this – it’s great to be able to give something back.”
Local parent, Rikki Dillon, aged 32, from Caldbeck Road added, “My son Joseph, aged 7, has been excited for months. It’s great to be able to support Hospice at Home West Cumbria as it’s such a worthwhile charity. We’ve had several family members affected by terminal illnesses so it’s a very personal cause. I ran the Cumbrian Run for Hospice in 2014 but the Colour Run is a great way for kids to get involved – it’s so much fun. I coach the Whitehaven Amateurs Under 7s football team and we’ve got a session tonight. Lots of my team members are here this afternoon too so I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ll look like when they turn up at practice!”
And the children had plenty to say too! One Y5 pupil said, “I recently lost my gran and she was looked after by Hospice nurses so it’s great to be doing this today so we can all raise money for the charity.” Another said, “It’s a really good thing for us to be able to raise money to help people and it is so much fun too!”
Mini School Colour Runs will also take place at Ashfield Infants & Junior School (May 25) and Orgill School (June 9).
For more information on Hospice at Home West Cumbria and its services contact 01900 873173.