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'Splash dash' on course to raise £50k for Claire House
10:42am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
MORE than 1,000 participants ran, jogged, walked and danced through clouds of powdered paint in the first Claire House Splash Dash on Saturday.
Taking place in Sefton Park, Merseyside's messiest 5k aimed to raise £50,000 for the hospice.
Paint stations were situated at points across the park, with 150 volunteers throwing the coloured powder, made from hypoallergenic, water-soluble corn flower, to create a rainbow of runners through the finish line.
Official sponsors of the Claire House Splash Dash, Liverpool ONE, were in-charge of the red paint station.
Estate director Chris Bliss, who officially started the run, said: "Claire House is such a vital resource for families across the region and all the team work to make it the happiest place possible.
"As a big supporter of the charity Liverpool ONE was really keen to get behind the very first Splash Dash event.
"I was delighted to be invited to officially start the race and meet more of the team from Claire House.
"It was a fantastic event where it was clear all participants had the best time getting colourful."
The Claire House Splash Dash was the first event of its kind in the area and hopes to help the hospice meet its £2.7million yearly fundraising target.
Kirsty Simpson, hospice events manager, said: "We saw these 'colour runs' as a trend in events that was coming over the pond from America and we knew we had to be involved.
"It represents everything Claire House is about; colour, vibrancy, fun and laughter.
"This is the first Claire House Splash Dash we’ve done and we’re delighted with the success.
"I'd like to thank Liverpool ONE and all our supporters for creating such an amazing event. We can't wait to see you next year!"
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