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RAINBOW RELAY: Unique event for Michael Sobell Hospice

 Published on: 29th May 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Rainbows have been a symbol of hope and resilience during this period of lockdown so they were a fitting theme for a virtual relay organised in support of the Michael Sobell Hospice on Saturday. 

More than 25 participants walked, ran or cycled in their allocated colour of the rainbow. 

Organiser, Chris Lloyd, had mapped a suggested route which took in the homes of all the Croxley Green based participants.

This meant that the virtual relay had the feel of a real event with participants cheering from their gardens as each relay leg passed by.

The Rickmansworth and Northchurch runners were cheered on virtually via Whatsapp.  

Dr. Kevin Barrett kicked off the relay at 7am, and the virtual baton was handed over on the group chat. The final runner was Dan Newman, finishing just over seven hours later. 

Cllr. Chris Lloyd, event organiser said: “I should have been running the Edinburgh Marathon for Michael Sobell at the end of May and I was also planning to complete the 100-mile Ride London challenge in support of the hospice, which has also been cancelled. I had been inspired to ride for Michael Sobell because of the excellent support they gave my friend Graham Metcalfe. I wanted an event that would be fun for the people taking part. We have so far raised over £1,100 for Michael Sobell Hospice, over twice our initial target. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Green Team fundraising for the work of Michael Sobell.”

Ophelia Chambers-Henry, fundraising organiser for the Michael Sobell Hospice charity, said, “Chris Lloyd is the type of fundraiser I would call a true ‘Warrior’, he planned an extensive list of challenges he wanted to take part in.  COVID-19 hit, and especially through this current time which has affected the whole country, he keeps going.”

If you want to sponsor The Green Team and the Rainbow Run for Michael Sobell uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/GreenTeam2

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