Islanders who took part in Jersey’s first ever colour run helped to raise over £25,000 for Family Nursing & Home Care (FNHC).
800 people took part in the Dandara Colour Fun Run on Sunday 5th June, which saw participants being showered with coloured paint as they made their way along a five-kilometre stretch of the beach at St Aubin’s Bay.
Proceeds from the event are being used to fund the provision of a new Paediatric Care Worker at FNHC, and organisers say they the charity is now well on its way to securing this vital new role for the community.
‘The complex nature of life-limiting conditions in children means there is sometimes a shortage in the availability of respite care when something unexpected happens. This new appointment will help us to go above and beyond the level of respite care that is currently available for families, which means we will be able to provide responsive respite care support for more families in the Island than ever before,’ said Julie Gafoor, Chief Executive Officer at FNHC.
The money raised by the Dandara Colour Fun Run was generated through ticket sales, individual sponsorships and sponsorships from the local business community.
Each colour station was sponsored by a local organisation; the headline sponsor Dandara was blue, UBS was red, JTC was purple, The Enhance Group was green and NED Bank Private Wealth was neon yellow.
‘On behalf of everyone at Family Nursing & Home Care, I would like to thank our corporate sponsors for helping to make the colour run such a success in its first year. We would also like to thank the hundreds of people who took part and raised additional sponsorship money from friends and family – every penny will go towards improving the lives of families that have children with life-limiting illnesses,’ added Mrs Gafoor.
‘The feedback we have received from everyone who took part this year has been amazing. We knew an event like this would be popular but it was difficult to predict just how successful it would be. We’re hoping to expand the event next year so even more people and organisations can take part. We’ll be announcing details on our Facebook page later this year,’ added Ivo Le Maistre Smith, Fundraising Manager at FNHC.