Hospices host Bubble Rush in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 May 2017

East London Bubble Rush is taking place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

East London Bubble Rush is taking place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Richard House

Richard House Children’s Hospice is teaming up with three other hospices on Sunday to host the East London Bubble Rush to raise funds for hospice care in east London and Essex.

Hope Dixey with a Richard House nurseHope Dixey with a Richard House nurse

Hundreds of participants can walk or run five kilometres in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where four colour bubble stations will line the route.

Along with the run, the event will have entertainment, merchandise stalls and refreshments.

All money raised will be split evenly between Saint Francis Hospice, Richard House Children’s Hospice, St Joseph’s Hospice and Haven House Children’s Hospice.

Among the hundreds signed up are John Roden and his five-year-old granddaughter Hope who suffers from neutropenia, a condition causing Hope to have not enough white blood cells in her blood stream.

Hope was born with further complications that caused brain damage, delaying her development.

“The respite care gives me the chance to have a little break and regain the strength needed to give my most to Hope,” John, who lives in Hackney, said.

John and Hope have been visiting the Beckton hospice since 2014.

“She loves coming to Richard House as she gets to meet other children and take part in fun activities,” John said.

“We are really excited to be taking part in Bubble Rush so that we can give a little back to Richard House by raising money.

Richard House focuses on providing care and services for free to children from birth to age 20 with life-limiting, life-threatening and complex healthcare conditions. They also run numerous family support groups.

Tom Murtagh, fundraising manager, said that it’s great to be working with Haven House, St. Joseph’s and Saint Francis.

“This event is shaping up to be a fantastic way to raise money for hospice care across east London and Essex and support the thousands of families that use our services,” he said.

Ticket prices start at £15 for adults and £10 for children with family discounts available. Participants can sign up at

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