Muncaster Castle gets colourful for Hospice at Home

By Rachael Grealish

AN explosion of colour descended on Muncaster Castle to raise money for charity.

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The annual Hospice at Home West Cumbria colour run had almost 1,000 people run 1K or 5K through a sea of colour on the grounds of Muncaster Castle, on July 2.

Over £30,000 was hoped to be raised from the event.

Linda Hewit, Hospice at Home West Cumbria chief executive, said: “It’s really wonderful to see so many people turn out for the run, the work done by the hospice really makes a difference to so many families and we couldn’t do that work without people raising money – like they’ve come to do today.

“The event has been a huge success, but it couldn’t be done without all the volunteers who help make it happen with fantastic organisation.”

Jake Burgess, 13, from Egremont, ran the 5K course on behalf of a family friend, Kathleen Cake, who wasn’t able to do it herself this year.

Jake said: “I felt so proud to stand in as Kathleen’s legs for the run and people have been very generous with their sponsorship.

“Best of all Kathleen managed to make it to Muncaster and, being the amazing unstoppable person she is, she managed to go around the 1K route in her wheelchair.”

Jake, Kathleen and friend Debs, so far, have raised £1250 for the charity.

Debbie Saldanna, Kelly Newland, Isla Bowden and Andrew Bowden, from Ravenglass were running in memory of Tom Newland, who passed away only a month earilier – but knew the family would be running for him on the day.

On the day Mokyfit were there to warm the runners up and CFM to keep spectators entertained.

Hospice At Home spends over £1.2 million a year to provide its service – with only a quarter of the funding coming from the NHS.