Run the Rainbow!

Children’s Hospice South West’s Rainbow Run is back on Saturday 17th June on Bristol Downs for its fifth year. It’s one of the city’s favourite fun runs; arrive in a white t-shirt and get showered with coloured powder paint around the 5k course and finish covered in colours of the rainbow and a great big smile!

Last year over 3000 people took part in the event, which raised in excess of £114k for the charity, whose Charlton Farm hospice is the only dedicated facility for life-limited children and their families from Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, and North and Mid Somerset.

As well as medical care, Charlton Farm offers music therapy, a dedicated sibling team and home from home respite care for the whole family. Its open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for palliative, respite, end of life and bereavement care.

Kate Parsons and her family have first-hand experience of Charlton Farm. Kate says, “As soon as we walked in to Charlton Farm we knew it was the place where we wanted to say goodbye and spend our last precious days with our special boy as a family. Since Max passed away, Charlton Farm has become our second home and we’re always welcome back. As a family we love to raise money in different ways, we especially enjoy the Rainbow Run as it’s a fun day for all the family and at the same time we remember Max and celebrate his life together.”

Children as young as five are able to take part in the Rainbow Run; the route is aimed at all levels and you can jog or walk the course if you prefer – the main objective is to get messy and have lots of fun while raising vital funds for your local children’s hospice.

Simply register online at For news and updates, join the Facebook event at