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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Beauty queen backing for fundraising Colour Run in Carlisle

A beauty queen is backing Carlisle’s first-ever Colour Run by signing up to take part.

Hannah McGeoghegan photo
Hannah McGeoghegan

Hannah McGeoghegan, 20, who lives in the city, is supporting the fun event, which takes place at Hammonds Pond this coming Sunday.

To date more than 130 runners have pledged to take part in the fundraiser, but there are still places available.

Hannah, a second year events management student at the University of Cumbria, said she wanted to support Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.

The aspiring model was recently named Beauty of Cumbria 2014 and is going on to represent the county in the Beauty of the UK finals.

In the past Hannah, a member of CFM’s Street Team, has taken part in several beauty pageants and had success in the Miss Galaxy and Miss Teen Galaxy competitions.

But she is keen to prove she is more than a pretty face – and is afraid to get covered in paint for a good cause. And she is urging others across the city to get involved and help boost the charity’s total raised.

She told the News & Star: “I decided to take part in the Colour Run because it’s such a great new event for Carlisle. There’s nothing like this going on in our area so it’s really good and exciting that it’s raising money for charity.”

The August 31 event will see participants jog, dance, run or walk the 5k course as volunteers throw coloured powder over them along the way. The event will also feature music from Mobile DJ Cumbria and warm-ups from Moky Fit.

Julie Blundell, from the charity, said: “Hospice at Home are really excited about this new event. The charity always aim to organise new fundraising opportunities to encourage new and past supporters to come forth to enjoy themselves and help raise funds along the way.

“ The good news is there is still limited places available so we encourage people to visit our website to register.”

Groups of friends, relatives and work colleagues are all urged to get involved.

Spectators are also encouraged to go along.

“All funds raised will be directly going to our nursing service, importantly caring for local patients who at the end of life choose to remain at home with their loved ones and also providing that vital support needed for families and carers,” added Julie.

Colour Runs have become a craze across England after starting in America in 2012, and one was held earlier this month at Muncaster Castle in aid of Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

The powder consists of natural corn starch coloured with fully tested food and cosmetic dyes. It is biodegradable, non-hazardous, non-toxic and easy to clean off.

Entry costs £18 and includes a white T-shirt, paint at four colour stations, a colour paint pouch and refreshments. The event is for over 16s only.

To find out more and register to take part visit www.hospiceathome.co.uk.

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