23 August 2017

Mother and daughter duo run in memory

Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Colour Blast: The Scramble explodes onto the stunningLorraine and Amelie Upton grounds of Penn House Estate near Amersham on Sunday 24 September.  Participants will be gearing up to tackle obstacles on a 1k or 5k route whilst being blasted with brightly coloured powder paint.

Lorraine Upton and her daughter Amelie (6) from Amersham have signed up to the 1k, featuring child-sized obstacles and bursts of non-toxic powder paint.

Lorraine said: “Rennie Grove cared for my father when he was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in 2011.  The charity’s services supported us as a family as well caring for my father in our family home.  They gave help and advice with his personal and medical care and gave us a ‘shoulder to cry on’ when we needed it most.  They truly understood our situation every step of the way.”

Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides 24/7 responsive care and support to adults and children diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness and their families.  They rely heavily on events such as Colour Blast: The Scramble to raise 87% of their £7.6 million annual running costs.

Lorraine continued: “Having experienced Rennie Grove’s services first-hand, I know how important they are to the patients and families that really need them.  Events such as this are vital so the charity can continue to provide local patients and families with invaluable support.

“I also wanted my daughter to participate as she was just a few months old when her grandfather passed away.  We will be taking part in his memory and raising money so that Rennie Grove can continue to provide end-of-life care and support to other patients and families into the future.

“I would definitely encourage people to just give it a go. You might meet people who have been through a similar experience, plus it’s fun and for a good cause!”

Urban Attack are providing the obstacles, the cost of which has been kindly covered by headline sponsor and High Wycombe company, Original Global.  From monkey bars to high walls, hay bale barricades to scramble nets, the 5k route will put participants through their paces amidst burst of vibrant colour.  Mini obstacles, ideal for smaller members of the family to clamber over and under, are an added extra this year.  Little ones will love being showered with the brightly coloured powder paint and will all be wearing coats of many colours by the time they cross the finish line and claim their well-deserved medal. 

The 1k is open to all ages and costs £10.  The 5k is open to over 12s only and costs £25. All participants will receive a t-shirt and a pair of sunglasses as well as a medal. Sign up at here and watch the video from last year’s event - or call 01442 820740 for more information.