On Sunday 1st July Ryelands Park was filled with bubbles as the first ever Bubble Rush arrived in Lancaster, brought to the city by St John’s Hospice.
1,100 people took part in the 5km family fun run at the park, with eager participants running through coloured bubble stations en route. Before the event, music and entertainment was provided by Heart FM DJs Chris Kirk and Darren Milby and there were lots of family attractions including funfair rides, kid’s activity area, football Skillz Skool, food and drink and a giant inflatable bubble dome.
The runners (and walkers, dancers and everything in between) set off to cheers from the crowds and a huge foam bubble cannon. They then ran through blue, pink, green and yellow bubble stations twice before crossing the finish line to more cheers and their commemorative bubble rush medals.
The event, which has been a huge success all over the country, was brought to Lancaster by St John’s Hospice and, with the pennies still being counted, it is hoped to have brought in over £30,000 for the local charity hospice. Karen Crossley, Community Fundraiser at St John’s, led the event management, “Today has been a long time in the planning and we are delighted that so many people came and enjoyed the day with us, from the family activities to the Bubble Rush itself. The sun was shining, the atmosphere was electric and we have had loads of great feedback from people wanting us to bring the event back next year! We owe thanks to so many people, the volunteers who helped on the day, the people who took part, and also our media partners Heart FM and sponsors Rayrigg Motors and Ratcliffe & Bibby. The support we receive from local businesses such as these is vital to sustain our position in the community. We can’t wait for 2019!”
Public feedback online has been fantastic:-
“We all had a great time…same time next year?!”
“My son can’t wait to do it again.”
“We loved the St John’s Hospice Colour Dash, but this was even better! What a brilliant time we had.”
“I don’t think I have ever seen so many people in one place smiling and laughing all day, well done to the people that put this kind of day together I know how hard it is so you should be very proud of yourselves… keep it going for the hospice.”
“We came from Barrow to do this and what a blast, we both laughed the whole way round! Same time 2019?”
Check out the St John’s Hospice Facebook page for all the photos of the day, and keep an eye on their social media and website (www.sjhospice.org.uk) for more exciting family events and ways to support your local hospice.