We had a blast!

Last weekend we took part in one of the most colourful events of the year – Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Colour Blast Run!! A group of 13 Webbies ran (or walked) around Alexandra Park on Sunday, while being blasted with colourful powdered paint.

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for adults with non-curable, life-limiting illnesses in a peaceful and homely environment. Palliative care is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. It’s appropriate for patients at all stages of illness and the hospice serves a population of around 220,000 people drawn from Oldham and surrounding districts.

Decked out in our t-shirts, trainers and in some cases glitter, we headed to the park from the office. All in high spirits, we were ready to take part in an event for such a good cause.

Upon arrival, music was booming with performers and the crowd singing ‘This Is Me’ at the top of their lungs, bouncy castles and a giant slide drew attention, while you could smell the burgers on the barbeque cooking. Amongst the stalls there were pancakes, waffles, and more yummy goodies, as well copious amounts of beverages to ensure everyone stayed hydrated.

With excitement building in the air, the paint packs, that were meant to be used during the run, had already been cracked open and thrown around – people wore wigs, fairy wings and the common favourite; tutus, whilst throwing colourful powder over the heads of those they knew and even those they didn’t!

Before the running shoes were put to work, a group warm-up took place by the stage, where everyone danced to the incredibly well-known, social media frenzy song, ‘Baby Shark’. As I’m sure you can all imagine, attendees went to town when it came to smacking our hands together and moving our arms up and down with an obscene amount of concentration, making sure we were getting the moves correct (in particular, our Chief Exec. Craig).

Then, finally, it was time to get sweaty and covered in paint!! The course consisted of two laps around a quarter of the park, with colour stations distributed evenly around. The majority took a light-hearted approach. Thankfully the weather turned out for us and the sky was clear, so it was an enjoyable experience throughout!

Now, if you’ve read any of our previous blog posts, you’ll know how important it is for us to positively impact our community, so we had to get involved again this year! This isn’t the first time Web Apps has taken part in the Colour Blast run, however it was mine, and I can officially confirm that if you want to do something fun and different while you raise money for a good cause, then this is the way to do it – I’m already looking forward to participating again next year!

For more information and to see how you can get involved with this charity, click here.