Video: Hundreds enjoy Colour Rush for Treetops Hospice

It is hoped that £20,000 will be raised when sponsorship money is added up from a charity event held for Treetops Hospice in Risley on Saturday.

The 5k Colour Rush saw 700 people walk or run around the grounds of Elvaston Castle covered in powdered paint, thrown at them by spectators.

Pics from treetops colour rush

Pics from treetops colour rush

This was the first time the event had been held and it saw a number of people from Ilkeston take part, including a team of 11 from Ladywood Primary School in Kirk Hallam.

Amanda Speake, from the Ladywood Lovelies team, said: “We did Run or Die last year and where looking for something similar. We are all from Ladywood school and try and do as many charity events as we can. We registered late but are hoping to raise lots of money.”

Headteacher Melanie Lawson said they would be telling the children about it in assembly. She said: “The hospice has got to have touched Kirk Hallam as a community, so in that sense it’s not about the individual - it’s also good fun and a local charity.”

Also taking part was 17-year-old Lydia Widdowson from Ilkeston. Along with her mum Jane and younger sister Miriam, she received support from Treetops when dad John was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. He died aged 49 and Lydia also did a parachute jump for the hospice which took place on what would have been his 55th birthday.

Pics from treetops colour rush

Pics from treetops colour rush

Lydia said: “Treetops was always there for me when I needed them so I wanted to give something back.”

The event proved so popular that the amount of people that could take part was increased from 500 to 700, with a number of people registering on the day.

Treetops Hospice in Risley provides respite and end of life care for adults in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis. It also supports their carers and families.