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Kaleidoscopic fundraising event returns in aid of local hospice

Photo Paul Mitchell Wildman Media
Photo Paul Mitchell Wildman Media

[V]ivid colours will again brighten up Carlisle later this year as fundraising transform themselves from a blank canvas into a rainbow of colour in aid of a local charity.

On Sunday 14 May Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice will host their third 5km Colour Run event at Carlisle Racecourse and registration for the fundraising event is now open.

Since 2015 more than 3,000 people have taken part in colourful fundraising event which has helped to raise over £150,000 in aid of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw.

Katrina Sander, Community and Events Fundraising Manager, said “We cannot thank our supporters enough for all their efforts raising so much money in sponsorship at the Colour Run. We are hoping 2017 will be even more popular. We can guarantee that everyone taking part will have a bright and colourful day – whatever the weather.

“Here are just a few comments we received following last year’s run ‘Had a fabulous day! Can’t wait until next year’, ‘My first time doing the Colour Run, definitely doing it again next year!’”

The vibrant event will see fundraisers transformed from a blank canvas into a rainbow of colour as they pass through the different paint stations where they will be showered in coloured powder paint. This year’s 5km run, which is twice around the racecourse, will include a special surprise to add to the days entertainment.

The money raised from the Colour Run will help the local charity to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to local adults and children with life limiting illnesses. This care and support is extended to all of the patients’ families, friends and carers.

Year on year it costs Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw over £3.7million to provide the care, support and activities to local people. Approximately 28% of the funding is received from the NHS with the remaining £2million raised by the kindness, support and generosity of the local community.

Registration for the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Colour Run at Carlisle Racecourse is now open. Prices are £20 Adults (16+), £10 Children (5 to 15) FREE Under 5s, £45 Family (two adults and two children) and £60 group (four adults). Entry to the event includes a white t-shirt and a pair of funky fun glasses.

To register today or for more information please call the Fundraising Team on 01228 817613 or visit

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