Hundreds of local people have signed up to a brilliant neon night-time 5k event marking 30 years of hospice care across the Harrogate district – and organisers are hoping even more will join in the fun.
With two weeks until Let’s Glow on Saturday June 17, Saint Michael’s is inviting people to grab their glow sticks and get set for a vibrant night of light and laughter with an 80s theme.
Let’s Glow – which starts and finishes at St Aidan’s School – will kick off with ‘pre-glow’ party at 8pm where participants can enjoy popular 80s hits from the Stray FM team and warm up with an energetic workout.
At 9.30pm, hundreds of runners decked out with glow sticks will set off to light up the streets as they walk, run, jog or dance their way around the vibrant course. Runners will be doused in neon paint and boogie under UV lights before running through a twinkling tunnel of fairy lights to cross the finish line.
Helen Falgate was the very first person to register her place in Let’s Glow, keen to give something back to the charity who cared for her beloved Granny in her final weeks of her life.
Helen said: “My Granny, Sheila Dutton, spent around four weeks at Saint Michael’s before her death in 2013.
“She had been feeling so stressed but as soon as she found out she was coming to the hospice, she relaxed. She received incredible care, and the support all of us in the family received was unwavering. We couldn’t have got through that time without Saint Michael’s and the support didn’t stop after Gran passed away.
“I’m very much looking forward to Let’s Glow in June, and the chance to challenge myself by running the whole way in memory of my Gran.”
Helen, her sister Alex Bryer and mother Pauline Bryer also took part in Saint Michael’s first Colour Rush 5k in 2014.
Participants are encouraged to raise as much individual sponsorship as possible to support Saint Michael’s services and patient care to people living with terminal illness and bereavement in our community.
To sign up for Let’s Glow, visit www.saintmichaelshospice.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org