On Sunday 23rd September Alpha Plus Fostering took part in one of the most colourful events of the year – Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Colour Blast Run!! The team of ten ran (or walked) around Alexandra Park on Sunday, while being blasted with colourful powdered paint.
Dr Kershaw’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for adults with non-curable, life-limiting illnesses in a peaceful and homely environment. Palliative care is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. It’s appropriate for patients at all stages of illness and the hospice serves a population of around 220,000 people drawn from Oldham and surrounding districts.
Upon arrival, music was booming with performers and the crowd singing ‘This Is Me’ at the top of their lungs, bouncy castles and a giant slide drew attention, and the crowds of people were enjoying the entertainment from the stage.
With excitement building in the air, the paint packs had been cracked open and thrown around – people wore wigs, fairy wings and the common favourite; tutus, whilst throwing colourful powder over the heads of those they knew and even those they didn’t! It was particularly fun to turn our Registered Manager, Gill into a blue smurf!
Before the running shoes were put to work, a group warm-up took place by the stage, where everyone danced to the incredibly well-known, social media frenzy song, ‘Baby Shark’. We might not be the best dancers but we certainly gave it our all.
Then, finally, it was time to get sweaty and covered in paint!! The course consisted of two laps around a quarter of the park, with colour stations distributed evenly around. Thankfully the weather turned out for us and the sky was clear, so it was an enjoyable experience throughout! What a brilliant day we had and for a fantastic cause!
For more information and to see how you can get involved with this charity, visit www.drkershawshospice.org.uk