A VIRTUAL Rainbow Ramble is being held to raise funds for Rainbow Hub on Saturday, May 9.
Normally, at this time of year, the Mawdesley based charity which supports children and young people with neurological and physical disabilities, would be organising hundreds of people taking in their annual Rainbow Ramble. They had no option but to cancel this year's event which was devastating ‘as the Ramble is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the children, the commitment of supporters and it raises a staggering £30,000 each year.’
Now the organisers are calling on ‘all Rainbow Ramblers and Superheroes’ to join them on Saturday, May 9 for a virtual ramble and 'walk further for those who can't.'
As long as people stay safe and keep within the government guidelines, they are asking people to use their daily exercise to walk, run, or cycle the five or 11 miles usually undertaken for the Rainbow Ramble. If they are isolating, shielding or not a fan of walking or running, they can skip, hop, roll or jump around their house or garden, do the hoola hoop, press ups, star jumps or anything else they fancy.
The usual entry fee for the Ramble is £15 for adults; £5 for children and free for those in wheelchairs and pushchairs. But they say that any amount donated would be fantastic and help to raise some of the funds that will be needed when services can resume.
Lyndsay Fahey, head of fundraising at Rainbow Hub, said: “We are devastated that we have had to cancel the Ramble and many of our other popular events. We have no statutory funding and rely on events and grants to raise the funds needed to provide the services so vital for the children we support. We hope everyone will take part in our Virtual Ramble and share pictures and videos completing their challenge on the day. We’re hoping they may even set up their own just giving page and get sponsorship.”
Anyone wanting to support the event can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/rainbowramble2020