Durham-based charities rally together at Colourama

As one of the main sponsors of Durham’s most colourful fun run, Safe Families for Children UK, along with the Vardy Foundation, has significantly supported St. Cuthbert’s Hospice during this year’s fundraiser event.

A team from the charity, which helps vulnerable families, sponsored and took part in Colourama for St Cuthbert’s Hospice, throwing powder paint over runners as they passed.

Colourama, held in Aykley Heads, Durham, saw hundreds of runners and walkers coated in brightly coloured powder paint as they took on the five kilometre route, which included obstacles such as a water slide, hay bales and cargo nets.

St Cuthbert’s Hospice is a Durham-based service, which offers a ten-bed inpatient unit and provides care for 75 day-visitors each week. The facility costs in excess of £1.3million to run annually and relies on donations and fundraisers to maintain its services.

Founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Peter Vardy, Safe Families for Children UK aims to prevent children from needlessly having to be taken into the care system. The Durham-headquartered charity has been pleased to offer sponsorship to Colourama in 2016, with a number of employees taking part in the event.

Mark Buchanan, North East Programme Director for Safe Families for Children, said: “Safe Families staff were really pleased to contribute to Colourama and do our bit, throwing paint on runners as they streamed past the start and finish lines! It’s a really fun family event in aid of a great charity, St. Cuthbert’s Hospice. We were fortunate to have such a lovely warm day for the run and everyone had a great time.”

Stuart Hann, Community Volunteer Manager for Safe Families for Children, said: “It’s really important to rally behind such vital local charities, which do incredible work in our communities.”

“I came along with my children and grandchildren and we had a great time together practising our paint throwing techniques.

Safe Families for Children UK, works with more than 20 local authorities across the country to recruit volunteers who provide early intervention help, ensuring children are able to stay in safe, happy environments. They offer respite care to struggling families, a mentoring and befriending service to support parents and help to provide goods and services to families in need.