Colourful day out raises funds

The first ever colour dash raised approximately �25,000 for Keech Hospice
The first ever colour dash raised approximately �25,000 for Keech Hospice

More than 500 runners raised an expected £25,000 and painted Wigmore Valley Park in Luton all the colours of the rainbow for Keech Hospice Care.

Runners included Lisa Zsentko and her son Stone from Stotfold who were featured in the Biggleswade Chronicle last week.

Lisa Zsentko and son Stone from Stotfold took part

Lisa Zsentko and son Stone from Stotfold took part

With an electric atmosphere, Bedfordshire’s first ever Colour Dash on Sunday saw 100 colour bandits cover participants from head to toe as they ran the 5k course in aid of the hospice.

“We had a ball,” said Lisa. “Without Keech, my son would not be alive today. Stone was diagnosed with meningitis which left him severely brain damaged. Keech has helped and supported my whole family to come to terms with what’s happened and deal with our newly found circumstances.”

Mark Relf, Keech’s community and events fundraising manager said the support and money raised for adults and children with end of life illnesses was “truly amazing”.

He said: “What can I say, it was a sell out, everyone had a brilliant time and raised an amazing amount of money for Keech.

“Keech’s care extends to the entire family and events like today mean when it seems nothing will ever be the same again, Keech can be there to help and support the whole family whilst caring for their very sick loved ones either at the hospice, in their own home – wherever the support is needed.

“So thank you Bedfordshire for coming out, having fun and showing your true colours.”

First to cross the finish line was 21-year-old, Paul Whyman from Welwyn Garden City.

He said: “I was promised I would look like I’d walked through a rainbow and I do!”