Ilkeston teen signs up for 5k event in memory of dad

Colour rush. Left to right: Jane Widdowson, Lydia Widdowson, Maisie Sampson-Giles, Alex Ward, Miriam Widdowson, Macey Bonfield, Millie Bonfield, Mary
Colour rush. Left to right: Jane Widdowson, Lydia Widdowson, Maisie Sampson-Giles, Alex Ward, Miriam Widdowson, Macey Bonfield, Millie Bonfield, Mary

An Ilkeston teenager will take part in a charity event in memory of her dad who died from cancer.

Lydia Widdowson, 17, is amongst 200 people who have signed up so far for the first ever Colour Rush, organised by Risley based Treetops Hospice.

Lydia has just raised £1,540 for Treetops by doing a parachute jump. 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’s jump took place on what would have been his 55th birthday.

Lydia said: “Treetops was always there for me when I needed them so I wanted to give something back, it was very appropriate that the jump happened on dad’s birthday. I’m now planning to do the Colour Rush which looks like it’ll be really good fun.”

Participants run, walk or dance 5k around the grounds of Elvaston Castle, while coloured powered paint is thrown into the air above them. The aim is to be covered in a kaleidoscope of colours at the end. The event will be followed by live music and entertainment in the showground area of the country park.