Dash of Colour 2016 Raises £36,000 for Hospice Care

Dash of Colour 2016 Raises £36,000 for Hospice Care

Caption: Dash of Colour 2016 participants are showered in powder paint as they pass the orange station.

Local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell held its popular Dash of Colour fundraising event this year on Saturday 3rd September at Frimley Lodge Park, raising a spectacular £36,000 so far, with sponsorship money still coming in.

Dash of Colour is a regular part of Phyllis Tuckwell’s fundraising calendar, highlighting the colour which the Hospice Care charity brings to the lives of its patients and their families, as it cares for and supports them through the most difficult of times.

1,200 participants of all ages took part in the event, running, walking or jogging the five kilometre route to raise funds for the charity, many of them taking part in memory of a loved one whom Phyllis Tuckwell had cared for. Hundreds more turned up to volunteer and spectate, and an incredible 1,085kg of paint was thrown – covering participants and volunteers alike! All those who took part received a medal, goodie bag and piece of fruit at the finishing line, and completed the course with their once-white t-shirts all colours of the rainbow!

“We would like to thank everyone who took part in this fantastic, colourful event, from the participants and spectators, to the volunteers and sponsors,” said Laura Moody, Events Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “Without your help we just couldn’t provide the care we give to our patients and their families.”

Phyllis Tuckwell would like to thank all those who helped to make the day the success that it was, particularly the Greenspace team at Frimley Lodge Park and the sponsors who manned the six paint stations: Cane Adams – the main sponsors of the event, Premier Panel Skills, Nuffield Health, Branston Adams, Red Mist Leisure, Big Yellow Storage and Morrisons Law. Thanks also go to the Spar at Elstead and Costco for providing the water for all the participants, and The Window Cleaning Company for helping with the mammoth task of washing away the paint that was used!

All of the money raised by this colourful event will help fund the supportive and end of life care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides for patients and families living with cancer, or another terminal illness. Every day its staff and volunteers support over 250 patients and relatives, through a mix of medical care, nursing, therapies, counselling, social work and practical support. However, as the NHS/Government funding which the charity receives only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day – something which fundraising events such as Dash of Colour contribute significantly to.

If you would like to take part in a fundraising event for Phyllis Tuckwell, please visit the Event Diary to see what’s coming up next!

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For press enquiries and alternative pictures contact: Jen Barnes at Phyllis Tuckwell on 01252 729433 or email jen.barnes@pth.org.uk

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