EACH Ready To Bring Back Popular Summer Events Programme

Tickets for fun events that involve rushing through multi-coloured bubbles and splashing through water obstacles are proving popular ahead of their anticipated return this summer.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has been pleasantly surprised by the confidence of families and groups looking to get involved in its packed and very important schedule of events that had originally been due to take place in 2020. Whilst some original ticketholders have retained their spots, over 1,000 people have bought tickets since last month.

In Norwich, more than 950 people are signed up to take part in the Bubble Rush at Earlham Park on Saturday, 3 July, with spaces in the first wave already sold out. The event is sponsored by Bateman Groundworks and will see participants running, walking, dancing or toddling through four stations where cannons will pump out coloured foam to create a four foot deep bubble bath!

Bubble Rush, photo by ROSE PEASGOOD

In Bury St Edmunds, at Nowton Park on Sunday, 11 July, over 550 have got their ticket to be part of Splash Out! The brand new event is sponsored by Saffron Insurance and will see runners and walkers of all ages tackling five inflatable foam and water obstacles.

In Huntingdon, at the racecourse on Saturday, 24 July, more than 750 are set for a Bubble Rush. The first wave is sold out and participants will, again, enjoy four bubble stations splurging out coloured foam.

At Wantisden Hall, near Woodbridge, on Sunday, 25 July, over 400 are preparing to take on all manner of mud obstacles in the Piglet, Junior Hog. This entry level version of the popular Whole Hog and Boss Hog events, sponsored by Taylor Wimpey, allows families to run together.

Whole Hog Piglet 2019 Piglet, photo by BEN MATTHEWS

In King’s Lynn, the Bubble Rush foam cannons will be back at The Walks on Sunday, 26 September, with 350 people already signed up.

Tickets and full details on each event, including timings, ticket prices, COVID safety plans and more, are available at www.each.org.uk/each-events.

There are also details about a virtual event, a balloon race starting at London’s Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, 2 June, to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation Day.

Becky Redbond, EACH Events Fundraising Manager, said: “Our events usually bring in around £275,000 a year, so they’ve been sorely missed and we’re delighted at the prospect of them finally returning. We are, of course, taking every possible precaution in relation to COVID and it’s really pleasing to see the appetite of many to get back involved in events we know put so many smiles on faces. What we also need to help ensure the smooth running of things are volunteers, so if anyone is interested please do get in touch to find out more.”

It has been over a year since EACH last managed to hold an in-person event. The charity has been forecasting a deficit throughout the pandemic and this remains the case for at least the next 12 months, meaning this summer’s events programme will be a big help towards continued care for the region’s most vulnerable families, who have never needed more support after such prolonged periods of shielding.

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