Rainbow Runners Raise Pot of Gold for CHSW

RAF St Mawgan was covered in all colours of the rainbow on Sunday, June 23 at Children’s Hospice South West’s (CHSW) 6th annual Rainbow Run sponsored by Ann’s Cottage. The day also marked the last day of Children’s Hospice Week – a national awareness week for children’s hospices across the country.

1,500 people of all ages took part, running, jogging and walking the 5k route around RAF St Mawgan’s training ground where they didn’t let the Cornish rain dampen spirits as they got covered in different coloured powder paint along the way.

Organisers of the event from CHSW hope the Rainbow Run will raise in the region of £75,000 for Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell.

Kiley Pearce, Events Fundraiser for CHSW said “On behalf of all of the families that Little Harbour supports I would like to thank everyone who was part of the Rainbow Run; from participants to volunteers, all of our sponsors and everyone who helped make the day such a success. Thanks also to RAF St Mawgan for being such generous hosts, to all of the local businesses who supplied items for the day and were part of the event as well as the team of over 100 volunteers. We couldn’t offer the care that we do to so many families without the generosity of those that support events such as this so thank you.”

Providing entertainment on stage before the run were Pirate FM, Truro School of Samba, 4 Funx Sake dance group and Versatile Fitness Choice who also led the warm-up. As runners crossed the start line they were sprayed with water by fire engines from the Emergency Services Museum ensuring that every last bit of powder paint they were about to run through would stick.

Each paint station along the route was also sponsored by local businesses; Biffa Waste Services, Happy Days Nurseries, Steve Andrews Tyres and Autocare and Cornwall Training and Consultancy.

Money raised in sponsorship by those who took part in the event will help Little Harbour to continue supporting children with life limiting illnesses and their families. It costs over £3 million a year to run the hospice which now supports 125 families from across Cornwall and Plymouth with short breaks, palliative care, emergency stays, end of life care and bereavement support.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW)

  • Children’s Hospice South West was first registered with the charity commission in 1991 and celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2016
  • It is dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for life-limited children and their families
  • There are three hospices in the South West: Little Bridge House in Barnstaple (opened 1995), Charlton Farm in Bristol (opened 2007) and Little Harbour in St Austell (opened 2011)
  • CHSW is the only children’s hospice in the South West. It costs around £9million to run the 3 hospice sites each year and the charity relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions
  • CHSW delivers a range of services including short breaks, specialist play, music therapy, activities for siblings, palliative and emergency care, end of life care, bereavement support and specialist medical care – all available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

The services are free for families. To find out more about our work, visit Children’s Hospice South West.