In pictures: Colour Rush 2016 for Saint Michaels Hospice

More than 1000 people flocked to Ripley Showground on Sunday for Saint Michael’s third vibrant Colour Rush 5k, supporting local families living with terminal illness and bereavement.

The exuberant crowd enjoyed an energetic Zumba warm-up from Gaynor and Lucy Robinson before tackling the picturesque course through Ripley parkland.



Sponsored by CNG and hosted by Stray FM’s Will Smith and Chris Dean, the popular event saw families, groups, workmates, friends and couples doused in dazzling hues of pink, red, yellow and blue powder paint at every kilometre.

The non-competitive course also featured fun obstacles which colour rushers tackled with relish. Afterwards, as participants celebrated with yet more paint, York band Blindeye took to the stage.

Saint Michael’s chief Executive Tony Collins said:

We are delighted at the amazing response to the Colour Rush – it’s fantastic to see hundreds of people having so much fun while supporting their local hospice care charity.

We are very grateful to our tremendous team of volunteers who helped on the day, to all the local businesses and organisations who supported us and of course, all those who took part in the event and collected sponsorship.

It is too early to tell how much has been raised through the event, but sponsorship raised by Colour Rushers helps Saint Michael’s continue to deliver its vital services to more than 2000 local people each year. Services include specialised support at home to people with living with a terminal illness, day therapy, a hospice inpatient unit, lymphedema support and treatment and bereavement and emotional wellbeing support to adults, children and young people.

Participants are urged to send back their personal sponsorship as soon as possible so that Saint Michael’s can let everyone know how much their efforts have raised to support local people living with terminal illness and bereavement.

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