Thousands complete Bluebell Wood Colour Dash

Over 3,500 people completed the colourful 5k course.

3,500 people have had a rainbow adventure this Bank Holiday weekend at the Bluebell Wood Colour Dash at Rother Valley Country Park.

Among the thousands of people that walked, jogged, ran or skipped through five colour stations at the 5k Colour Dash, was Maxine Strong from Epworth, who was fundraising for the children’s hospice in memory of her son Lex.

Since the Colour Dash started four years ago more than 10,000 dashers have completed the colourful course to raise money for Bluebell Wood. Over £40,000 has been raised from the 2017 event so far, which will help create special memories for families that they can treasure; whether they have days, weeks, months or more together.

Orange clouds of colour surrounded Bluebell Wood dashers.

Maxine’s son Lex passed away at Bluebell Wood in 2013 at just seven years old after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer. Maxine said:

“It was an honour and privilege to do the Colour Dash in Lex’s memory. Bluebell Wood is a very special place and I always feel warmth and love there whenever I go back.  I know Lex was happy when he was there and I intend to visit and fundraise in a positive manner as my inspirational son would want.”

Maxine and her daughter, Olivia, ran in memory of Lex, who passed away in 2013.

Bluebell Wood provides care and support for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions, with services including end of life care, short breaks, music therapy, counselling, sibling support, home visits and much more.

If you would like to dash with Bluebell Wood next year, keep an eye out on the website or on the Bluebell Wood events app (available for free on IOS and Android). You can also find photos or videos of the Colour Dash on the Bluebell Wood Facebook page.

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