Colour Rush 2017

Showered in a rainbow of red, blue, green and orange powder paints, over 600 adults and children took part in the Treetops Hospice Care Colour Rush on Sunday 16 July at Markeaton Park.

Colour Rush 2017The sponsored event, part of a packed family fun day, has raised over £20,000 for the charity which provides nursing care and emotional support for adults and their families in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The coloured powder paints were fired at participants from colour stations along the 3km route around the park.

It’s been fab

Amongst those taking part was Donna Nolan, 41yrs from Ockbrook and her family (main picture – courtesy of Jeff Gill).  Treetops supports Donna with bereavement counselling as she explained:

“Our son was just 22 months old when his Dad, Mikey, died very suddenly and I look back now and I don’t know how I did it but you just manage day by day, minute by minute.

“Mike died six years ago but a couple of years ago I approached Treetops as I needed some counselling support with trying to live my life and deal with the overwhelming grief and guilt. Treetops have been really good to me and Oliver,  and we saw the Colour Rush and thought we just want to support it. It’s been fab.”

Georgia Hollingworth & familyEighteen year old Georgia Hollingworth from Derby and her family also took part in memory of her late father:

“My dad passed had pancreatic cancer and passed away July 2015. I got really depressed and when I went to the doctor, she referred me to Treetops.

“When I came to Treetops I was expecting it to be more clinical but it wasn’t like that. Even on my first day everyone was really welcoming and wanted to have a chat and it was a nice, homely environment.

“I saw a counsellor called Teresa and went every week to talk to her. I found talking to someone I didn’t know really helpful. What I said stayed between four walls. I felt I was a rock for my family and they would come to me but I needed someone to talk to as well, someone I could trust, so I could cope. It’s how I got my life back on track.

And they're off - Colour Rush 2017Spectacular ocean of colour from start to finish

Mary Rose, senior community and events fundraiser thanked everyone for taking part:

“We love the Colour Rush – it’s one of our favourite Treetops events as it involves the whole family and all ages. It’s a spectacular ocean of colour from start to finish.

“Our huge thanks to everyone who took part – we’ve raised over £20,000 from today and we hope everyone had a wonderful, colourful day.”

The fun day also featured a range of live music provided by Furthest from the Sea, fairground rides, bouncy castles and stalls.

Further photos of the Colour Rush and Family Fun Day can be found at the Treetops Facebook page.

Treetops Hospice Care services include Support and Information, a Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.

Colour Rush 2017


Colour Rush 2017 Credit Jeff Gill

Photo Credit – Jeff Gill