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09 Oct 2017

Five-year-old raises hundreds for local Hospice

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Amber Searle, age five

A five-year-old girl from Grantham has raised an astonishing £340 for St Barnabas Hospice

Amber Searle, aged five from Grantham, took part in Grantham’s first ever Bubble Rush with her mum, and raised an amazing £340 for St Barnabas Hospice.

The Bubble Rush was held on Saturday 30th September at Stoke Rochford Hall in Grantham, and saw over 500 people attending to walk or run five kilometres through coloured bubbles and fantastic scenery. Over £30,000 was raised overall, making the day a huge success.

Amber, aged five, said:

“I was sitting with Mummy when I saw a photo on her phone of some people covered in bubbles. I asked her about it and she said it was to raise money for a charity for poorly people, and you had to walk a long way through lots of bubbles.

“I wanted to take part because it looked like fun and I wanted to help the poorly people.”

Amber attends St Sebastian’s Church of England Primary School at Great Gonerby, and has lived in Grantham her whole life.

Amber’s mum, Sarah Searle, said:

“Amber was so eager to do the Bubble Rush that she asked me every day for a week whether we could do a practice walk! In the end, we walked from our house in Gonerby Hill Foot to her Granny’s house three miles away. I agreed to sign us both up after the practice walk was finished.”

Sarah has previously fundraised for St Barnabas Hospice by taking part in several of their Moonlight Walks when Amber was younger.

Amber is already excited about next year’s Bubble Rush, which St Barnabas has planned to host at Stoke Rochford Hall on Sunday 8th July 2018.

Amber said:

“I want to do the Bubble Rush next year with my Daddy and my little brother. I loved the bubbles which went even higher than my head, and they made me and Mummy all colourful!”

Amber’s amazing fundraising efforts came about by asking her school friends and her family for sponsorship. Her mum also helped by sharing the JustGiving link on Facebook for people to donate.

Amelia Mochan, Events Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“It’s lovely to see Amber’s amazing fundraising efforts on behalf of our Hospice, and she truly is an inspiration to other children who want to make a difference from such a young age.

“I’m delighted that Amber had such a great time, and it would be amazing if other school children read her story and decide to take part in next year’s event!

Tickets for next year’s Bubble Rush on Sunday 8th July at Stoke Rochford Hall are set to go on sale on Monday 12th February. What better way to work off the Christmas weight and get in training for such a unique 5k run?

For more information on next year’s Bubble Rush, or to book a stand, please email Amelia Mochan at amelia.mochan@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or call 01522 540 300.