Over £17,000 has been raised during a Colour Dash in Harpenden.

The event took place on Sunday, June 25, in the town's Rothamsted Park.

More than 250 people took part in the event, organised for Keech Hospice Care.

Herts Advertiser: A range of ages took part in the event.A range of ages took part in the event. (Image: Keech Hospice Care)

Participants of all ages walked or jogged the five kilometre route, all whilst being showered in coloured powder paint - thrown by the event's 'paint bandits'.


Keech Hospice Care provides specialist care for adults and children who live with life limiting illnesses.

Liz Searle, the organisation's CEO, said: "It was fantastic to see so many people taking part in the Colour Dash, having fun and getting into the spirit.

Herts Advertiser: Over 250 people took part.Over 250 people took part. (Image: Keech Hospice Care)

"We really do rely on the generosity of the community to raise enough funds to keep Keech Hospice Care going.


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"We simply could not do our work without them, as the vast majority of our funding comes from donations. 

“The Colour Dash was the perfect way to raise funds as well as providing an inclusive event that people could enjoy with friends and family, and remember forever.

Herts Advertiser: Over £17,000 was raised.Over £17,000 was raised. (Image: Keech Hospice Care)

"Events like this wouldn’t happen without the support from sponsors and volunteers, and we just can’t thank them enough.

"A big thank you goes especially to the team from St Hilda’s School, Harpenden, and the teams from Amazon – they were all amazing!”

Anya Walker, a Harpenden resident who took part in the Colour Dash, added: "Our whole family had such a great time taking part in the Colour Dash on Sunday.

Herts Advertiser: Anya Walker and family, who took part in the Colour Dash.Anya Walker and family, who took part in the Colour Dash. (Image: Keech Hospice Care)

"The kids particularly enjoyed throwing the colours at each other (and us!).

"How often are they allowed to get that mucky!

"It was such a fun atmosphere as we ran round the course together and all of us were on a high for the rest of the day.

"We will definitely sign up for next year and hopefully can help raise some more money for Keech.”

Herts Advertiser: Keech Hospice Care provide care for those with life limiting illnesses.Keech Hospice Care provide care for those with life limiting illnesses. (Image: Keech Hospice Care)

Lastly, the headteacher of St Hilda's School, Daniel Sayers, commented: "St Hilda’s have been fundraising for Keech Children’s Hospice all year so we were thrilled to sponsor the red station at the Colour Dash in Harpenden.

"Many St Hilda’s families joined in the action, raising over £1700.

"We were delighted to be a part of this fantastic local event for such a wonderful cause.”