The Claire House Splash Dash returns for the final time this September
One of Merseyside’s biggest charity events, the Claire House Splash Dash, is taking place for the last time in September.
Since 2013, Claire House have organized eight Splash Dash events in Sefton Park and Birkenhead Park, with over 10,000 people taking part, raising over £300,000 for their local children’s hospice.
The Splash Dash is Claire House’s version of the colour run, where participants can run or walk the 5K course, getting covered in different colours of powdered paint. Claire House were the first charity to organize a colour run in the North of England and the original objective was to highlight exactly what the hospice is all about – fun, laughter and living life to the full.
Event Manager Mark Pearson said: “The Splash Dash has been one of Claire House’s main events for many years and the atmosphere is incredible on the day. What is really important is that each paint station is managed by a family that have been supported by Claire House, and also, lots of the children and families that use the hospice take part too.
It really is a great family event, as there’s no minimum or maximum age, the route is perfect for wheelchairs, scooters and trikes and the event is not timed – so you can run, walk or dance your way round. Be warned though – you will get messy!”
Since the first Splash Dash in September 2013, the amount of children being cared for by Claire House has increased by 84%, so the charity have to raise even more money to ensure that they can be there for every local child and family that needs the hospice.
Mark continued: “With increasing costs each year to organize the event, we have decided to have one last big Splash Dash. We hope as many people as possible will sign up and be there on the day to celebrate the event and raise vital funds for Claire House. The charity has a dream to be there for every local child, but that is only achievable because of incredible people in the community doing amazing things.”