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Glorious sunshine cements success of first ever East London Bubble Rush

PUBLISHED: 16:26 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:03 22 May 2017

The Bubble Rush team from Western Road Medical Centre, Romford. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

The Bubble Rush team from Western Road Medical Centre, Romford. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

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More than a thousand fundraisers were bathed in glorious sunshine – and colourful bubbles – as they tackled a 5km course.

Wendy Neale with her son Ross. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice Wendy Neale with her son Ross. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Families and friends converged on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park yesterday for the first ever East London Bubble Rush, in aid of Saint Francis Hospice (Havering-atte-Bower), Haven House Children’s Hospice (Woodford Green), Richard House Children’s Hospice (Beckton) and St Joseph’s Hospice (Hackney).

The route featured four different bubble stations, entertainment and a range of merchandise stalls, with the fundraisers passing the finish line in shades of blue, yellow, pink and green.

Saint Francis Hospice volunteer John Carter, of Upminster, took part with his daughter Laura and grandchildren Jack Kelleher, seven, and Jessie Cohen, 10, with the group raising more than £745 between them.

Jack and Jessie’s great-grandmother Joyce Jones volunteered at the hospice for 29 years, and their grandad Dennis Kelleher received care from the charity before he died.

“My dad did the marathon for the hospice last year and I wanted to do a run,” said Jack. “I was running for my great-nanny and my grandad.

“I want to do it again next year.”

Wendy Neale, who ran with her 14-year-old son Ross, added: “Ross and I had a great time at the event. Even though it was a fun run rather than a race, Ross’ competitive side was awakened and he came fifth!

“In some of the bubble stations the foam was so high it was above my head! We are both already looking forward to doing it again next year, although we did receive lots of strange looks on the way home to Shenfield!”

Big groups as well as small pulled on their trainers, with 25 staff, friends and family from Western Road Medical Centre, Romford, getting involved.

Practice manager Alison Lipman said: “It was really good fun and we all had a brilliant time.

“We are big supporters of the hospice and we wanted to do this to raise money for a great cause and have a great day out with our team.”

Saint Francis fundraiser Linda Borg added: “We were so proud to team up with three other hospices to host such a fabulously fun event.

“A massive thank you to everyone who took part and helped to make the East London Bubble Rush the phenomenal success it was.”

All proceeds will be shared equally between the four charities.

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