Rainbow Run success as thousands raised for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity has received nearly £4,000 in donations following their successful Rainbow Run.

By Catherine Musgrove
Thursday, 5th November 2020, 12:30 pm
Members of the Trust's Education Centre’s who donned the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity trademark pink t shirts for the occasion.
Members of the Trust's Education Centre’s who donned the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity trademark pink t shirts for the occasion.

The virtual event ran from October 5 to 25, and supporters were encouraged to raise funds by setting their own challenge, choosing their own distance, location and form of exercise, be it running walking or cycling.

The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity ensured all of this was done in a Covid-secure and socially distanced way, whether participants completed the Rainbow Run alone or with people inside of their bubble.

Roya Armstrong, fundraising co-ordinator at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We wanted to engage with our supporters and the local community to help raise vital funds for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals during these unprecedented times.

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Ward Manager and Staff Governor Anneen Carlisle

"We were thrilled to have more than 70 people take part, and those lovely supporters of ours have so far raised an incredible £3,840.

"So many members of our local community got involved, and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their support, as well as those who helped by sponsoring someone to take part and of course, our wonderful staff here who set up a JustGiving page and signed up themselves.

“We have been so overwhelmed by the success of the event that we are now planning to make it an annual event – hopefully, one we can do together instead of virtually! The image of a rainbow continues to represent hope in recent months, and it is a symbol that has pushed us to carry on our efforts no matter what. Watch this space."

Participants included pupils and staff from Albany Academy in Chorley, members of the community running club Penwortham Pavement Plodders and a member of the Rotary Club of South Ribble.

Helen Bleasdale, a Penwortham Plodder

Staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals also took part in the Rainbow Run, including Ward Manager and Staff Governor Anneen Carlisle and the Education Centre’s team of ‘Pink Ladies’, who donned the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity trademark pink t shirts for the occasion.

All funds raised will go towards making improvements for patients and staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, such as new equipment and facilities which are over and above what the NHS can provide. Funding like this helps the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity team to ensure the hospitals have access to state of the art equipment, funding for vital projects and research studies.

To see how funds like this can really make a difference, please visit the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity website and take a look at some of the projects the team has recently funded: https://lthcharity.org.uk/what-we-do/funded-projects/

Penwortham Plodders got in on the action
Rachel Wiseman clocking up the miles in the gym
Ken Hawarden of South Ribble Rotary Club