Fundraisers join foam fest for Naomi House Hospice

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FROM a giant inflatable slide to a foam cannon start and finish, the first-ever charity run for Naomi House took place in Portsmouth.

Hundreds of people packed Castle Field where the Foam Fest started, before moving on to Southsea Common.

(l-r) Emelia Davis (12) and Sydney Guppy (13) both from Southampton, covered in Foam after the race.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7874)

(l-r) Emelia Davis (12) and Sydney Guppy (13) both from Southampton, covered in Foam after the race.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7874)

There the challenge was set – four inflatable obstacles that people had to dodge, duck, dive and slide through, before carrying on with the 5k course.

Jo Trotter, 39, from Winchester, took part in the event.

She said: ‘I live close to Naomi House and know a few people who volunteer there.

‘It was a lot of fun and the great thing about it was I was running on my own, but a group stayed behind and helped me up one of the obstacles.

Leanne Slatford (19) from Southampton, who ran the Foam Fest dressed as an Oompa Loompa. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7773) PPP-150426-134400001

Leanne Slatford (19) from Southampton, who ran the Foam Fest dressed as an Oompa Loompa. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7773) PPP-150426-134400001

‘It was a brilliant event. With even more foam I think there will be even more people at the next one.’

There was a Zumba dance warm-up to get the crowds fired up and in the mood for the event.

Katy Popplewell, 31, from London, said: ‘It was a great route and the obstacles were fun,

‘There was a very friendly atmosphere as a I ran around and everyone was enthusiastic and happy about what they were doing.’

Runners warm up with a Zumba session.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7791) PPP-150426-134536001

Runners warm up with a Zumba session.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7791) PPP-150426-134536001

Money raised will go towards keeping Naomi House children’s hospice running.

Nicole Denison, events fundraiser for Naomi House and Jacksplace, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with the success of our first Foam Fest and are so grateful to everybody who took part.

‘This was our fastest-selling event of all time and has already raised close to £10,000.

‘The money will go towards the care and support we offer families at our hospices.

(l-r) Adam Radburn (26) and Iain Davies (27) both from Lymington also took part in Foam Fest.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7805) PPP-150426-134642001

(l-r) Adam Radburn (26) and Iain Davies (27) both from Lymington also took part in Foam Fest.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7805) PPP-150426-134642001

‘This is almost enough income to fund a full day of specialist nursing care at our charity.

‘We hope Foam Fest will be coming back to Portsmouth soon so even more people can enjoy this fun and frothy fundraiser.’

It costs £7m a year to run the hospice in Sutton Scotney, near Winchester.

It is also raising more than £4m for its Caterpillar Appeal, which will be used to update the site and buildings.

To find out more, visit caterpillarappeal.org.uk

Runners set off on the first Foam Fest. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7839) PPP-150426-134816001

Runners set off on the first Foam Fest. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7839) PPP-150426-134816001

Jim Hill (44) from Staines, at the end of the Foam Fest.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7864) PPP-150426-134938001

Jim Hill (44) from Staines, at the end of the Foam Fest.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150784-7864) PPP-150426-134938001