A kids’ sporting event offers a fun day out for families, as well as helping create awareness and raise funds for a charity’s work with bereaved children.
Jessica’s Rainbow Run takes place from noon to 4pm on Saturday, June 6, at the Wolverton Recreation Ground.
Now in its fourth year, the annual event is organised by the Harrys Rainbow Charitable Trust.
The idea is for children to run, walk, hop, skip or jump along a one-mile route which has been mapped out for them.
And this year, the event has been expanded to become a family fun day with lots of activities, entertainment, food and drink on offer.
Harry’s Rainbow was formed in 2011 by the parents of Harry Mould, after his sudden death at the age of five.
It aims to provide support and advice for children, young people and their families following the loss of a close relative.
It also works to raise awareness of the need for support and guidance.
Jessica’s Rainbow Run began as ‘Jessica’s Mile’ in March 2012, when Harry’s twin Jessica, then aged eight, wanted to join in the adult running events aimed at raising funds for Harry’s Rainbow.
Since then, the event has attracted about 125 children of all ages each year, raising a total of about £5,000.
The money goes to support bereaved children and their families in a number of ways, including taking them on trips and activities, to improve their quality of life and reduce isolation.
It also helps fund the Monthly Rainbow group, where bereaved children can meet and take part in arts and crafts.
Following the purchase of a static caravan on a holiday park at Camber Sands, Harrys Rainbow is now fundraising towards the annual fees, so it can continue providing short breaks to families in need.
Booking forms for Jessica’s Rainbow Run are available at www.harrysrainbow.co.uk and registration costs £4.