Colour Rush attracts the masses to Oakwell

Colour Rush attracts the masses to Oakwell

MORE THAN 1,000 people were covered head-to-toe in paint at Kirkwood Hospice’s annual Colour Rush last weekend.

Last Sunday kicked off with a colour party at Birstall’s Oakwell Hall Country Park where participants were doused in rainbow-coloured powdered paint before running, walking or dancing round the 5km course.

Kirkwood Hospice then put on a colourful family fun day with stalls and entertainment continuing into the afternoon.

Families of all ages enjoyed a range of food and drink stalls, family-friendly activities, live entertainment and giveaways from Pulse radio, who were supporting the event.

Participants Dawn Jowett and Jan Woodhead were taking part in their first Colour Rush in memory of Dawn’s stepfather Mike Swinton, who was cared for by Kirkwood in January.

Dawn said: “It costs over £7 million a year to keep Kirkwood open and the majority of that comes from fundraising, so I’m here to do my bit.

“The care my stepfather received was brilliant. From the minute those doors open they’re there with open arms to look after you and the whole family.”

All the money raised at the Colour Rush will go towards patient care through Kirkwood Hospice.

Event organiser Kathryn Box said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the people who came along and covered themselves in colour for Kirkwood. 

“It will make a huge difference to all those who need our support.”

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