2,200 ready for Saturday’s Bubble Rush

Staff and volunteers at Brian House get ready for the Bubble Rush with a practice session.  L-R are Toni Isaksen, Vicki Murphy and Sue Pelling.
Staff and volunteers at Brian House get ready for the Bubble Rush with a practice session. L-R are Toni Isaksen, Vicki Murphy and Sue Pelling.
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The final preparations are underway for the Fylde coast’s first Bubble Rush.

Around 2,200 people have signed up for the event, set to benefit Brian House Children’s Hospice in Bispham, and around £50,000 is expected to be raised.

Although online entry has now closed, there will still be some spaces available on Saturday, costing £14 for children, £16 for adults, or £48 for a family.

There are two ‘waves’ – the pink wave sets off at noon, followed by the blue wave at 1pm.

The spaces available on the day – at Lawson’s Showground opposite Stanley Park in Blackpool – are for the blue wave. The pink is sold out.

A spokeswoman for the hospice said entries have been received from as far away as Cheshire and Cumbria.

“It has really captured peoples’ imaginations: we never thought so many people would want to do it,” she said.

“We are hoping it will raise £50,000 for Brian House – a wonderful way to celebrate the 21st birthday year.”

The family friendly 5km run will take participants through four coloured bubble stations, and every participant will be given a new white T-shirt to wear for the run, and will also receive a free ‘Bubbler Medal’.

Joanna Allitt, fund-raiser at Trinity Hospice, said “It’s a brand new event and it’s going to be the first one nationally this year.

“This is the first time the Bubble Rush has come to Blackpool for Brian House’s 21st birthday.”

Brian House in Bispham needs to raise an extra £600,000-a-year just to break even, and earlier this year appealed to Gazette readers to help support a year of intensive fundraising.

Opened in December 1996, it currently supports more than 80 families but receives no government funding. As well as end-of-life care, it offers its facilities during the day for free so parents can have some well-needed respite, and constant support.