Barnsley bubbles with colour as hospice fundraiser returns

23 July 2018

Barnsley’s Locke Park was transformed into a rainbow of bubbles as over 1500 people gathered for Barnsley Hospice’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

The 5km ‘Bubble Rush’ fun run took place yesterday, Sunday 22 July, and is expected to beat the £30,000 fundraising total from the inaugural event in 2017.

Participants, known as ‘bubblers’, were given white t-shirts that were turned multi-coloured by four bubble stations, which were sponsored by Perfect Blinds, Copier Systems, Blue Line Taxis and Dean Forward Motorsports.

Martyn Hughes, events fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, said: “The support from the Barnsley community for this event has been outstanding and it felt quite emotional at times seeing just how many people turned up to support the hospice.

“The Bubble Rush has now secured its place as our biggest event of the year and we’d like to thank everyone involved in making it such a huge success.”

Participants are now being encouraged to submit their sponsorship money as soon as possible, with every penny helping the hospice care for patients and families affected by life-limiting illnesses. The charity has to raise £2.2m a year, in addition to £1.6m funding from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Barnsley Hospice is based in Gawber and provides specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease. It has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care at the on-site Limes Support and Therapy Centre.

Notes to Editors

Attached photograph shows Sam Silverwood and her daughter Libby enjoying this year’s Barnsley Hospice Bubble Rush in Locke Park (Photo credit: Tim Cragg).

Barnsley Hospice is based on Church Street, S75 2RL. It has been providing care for people in Barnsley with life limiting illnesses, and their families, since 1994.

For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to or call 01226 244244.

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