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Bubble Rush boost for county charity

Hundreds of people ran, toddled and walked their way through millions of coloured bubbles at Longfield's Bubble Rush.

They all emerged from the course at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester covered in green, pink, blue, yellow and white froth.

Among those taking part was Ann Jackson and her daughter Sue who wanted to say thank you to Longfield, based in Minchinhampton near Stroud, Gloucestershire.

The charity's hospice at home team supported Ann so that her husband David could spend his last days at home surrounded by those he loved.

"The Longfield team were just wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble for them," said Ann, from Nailsworth.

David died at home two days after his 72nd birthday in March 2017.

More than 600 people of all ages took part in this year's Bubble Rush. From toddlers to pensioners, they all took the bubble plunge.

Among those taking part was Laura Juggins, from Gloucester and her 19-month-old daughter Quistis.

"We're taking part because Longfield's hospice at home team looked after my grandad," said Laura.

The charity, which is the largest hospice at home provider in the county, hopes the Bubble Rush will raise £10,000.

Dr Mark Porter, presenter of Radio 4's flagship medical series Inside Health, joined his colleagues from Culverhay Surgery in Wotton-under-Edge to complete the 5k course.

"I'm hoping this blue stuff on my hands comes out, otherwise I'm going to look like a Smurf at work tomorrow," he said.

Cirencester dad Mat Edwards donned super-sized sunglasses to take part in the event with his family.

"We wanted to raise a bit of money for a worthy charity and it's good run," he said.

"It's been an absolutely fantastic event with a great atmosphere and lots of smiles. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has taken part. Their support will enable us to provide that needed support and care to families in Gloucestershire who are facing the most difficult time in their lives," said Ali Russell, Chief Executive of Longfield.

The charity, which is marking its 30th anniversary, supports more than 700 people every year. All of its services are provided free of charge.

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