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10:47 AM 13th June 2024

Forget Me Not’s Colour Run Raises A Record-Beating £48,000!

Photo: Mike Robinson, Forget Me Not children's hospice
Photo: Mike Robinson, Forget Me Not children's hospice
Fundraisers at Forget Me Not children’s hospice have expressed their surprise and delight at the incredible amount raised at last Saturday’s Colour Run which saw over 1000 participants run, walk and jog through clouds of colour at Greenhead Park. Together, they raised over £48,000, an increase of 50% on last year’s fundraising total.

Vicky Lough at the Colour Run
Vicky Lough at the Colour Run
Vicky Lough, event manager at Forget Me Not, said:
“We’ve counted and recounted, just to be sure, but yes this year’s Colour Run has raised more than ever before!

"A huge well done and thank you to everyone who got colourful with us – for making it such an amazing day and for raising such a magnificent amount! Every penny of the £48,000 raised will fund our work supporting local children and families.”

One of the competitors was Rhys Connah, who played Ryan in BBC drama Happy Valley and who is now an ambassador for Forget Me Not. He said:

“I think it went quite well considering I was carrying my one-year old brother with me! I’m quite happy with my time.

"Events like this, for the charity and the community in general are unbelievably important. 10% of Forget Me Not’s funding comes from the government, that means that 90% comes from events like this, by people being willing to give things up to support a local charity.

For the local community as well, just as I’ve been running round I’ve seen how much people have been looking and enjoying themselves, even if they’re not participating in the race, they’ve still been having fun.”

Vicky Lough added, “As well as everyone who took part in the event, lots of local businesses and people have contributed to its success.

We couldn’t have done any of it without the generous support of our main sponsor Charlesworth Family Group, paint sponsor Ministry of Colour and colour station sponsors: Charlesworth Family Group, Shepley Spring, Advanced Supply Chain, Purple Pebble People, Mercedes-Benz Huddersfield, Aflex Hose and FMG.

Thanks are also due to Shepley Spring, Myers Group and Yorkshire Fence Hire for supplying essential kit free of charge. And to Pennine School of Dance, singer Beth Hannaway, Alex from Kirklees Active Leisure and Georgina Kate for entertaining the crowds, photographer Mike Robinson for capturing the day so beautifully, and the Fire Service for their help cleaning up! All of whom volunteered their time so that every penny raised on the day will help local children and families.”