Painting the town red took on a whole new meaning at the end of April, as thousands of people charged across Swansea Bay beach, being showered in multi-coloured paints, as they took part in the Rainbow Run to raise money for Tŷ Hafan, the hospice for children in Wales.
In Tŷ Hafan’s last ever Rainbow Run, which took place on 28th April, 1650 participants of all ages took on the 5km course, running, walking or toddling past paint stations positioned all along the route, getting covered from top to toe in all the colours of the rainbow.
This year, Tŷ Hafan asked its Rainbow Runners to make its last Run a special one and raise funds so the hospice’s team of nurses can continue to provide medicine and magical moments to children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
“Each year more families are turning to us for care and support than ever before. The Tŷ Hafan nurses provide specialist care and support 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, and we simply can`t open our doors without them”, said Jodie Harris, Events Manager at Tŷ Hafan.
“To reach our £60,000 target, we’re reminding participants to hand in their sponsorship as soon as they can. We’d like to thank our Rainbow Runners so much. They’re helping our families make the most of the precious time they have left together”, she added.
One Swansea dad to have received help and support from Tŷ Hafan’s nurses is Gary Footman. He and his partner Sian were devastated when their daughter Evie was diagnosed with a life-limiting condition and passed away in January 2013. But the couple remain committed to supporting the charity that helped them in their darkest moments.
“My daughter Evie went to Tŷ Hafan for end of life care. This meant that we could spend all the time we had left with her without having to worry about all the other things in life, like cooking and cleaning,” said Gary.
“It’s a beautiful place to stay and there is so much to do and so many ways to make memories that would not have been possible if we had stayed in hospital”.
Gary added: “The nurses give you the one thing that you want most at a time like that, time to be with that person, and that is something you cannot put a price on”.