Get foamy and help raise cash for Naomi House hospice

Staff and volunteers from Naomi House hospice
Staff and volunteers from Naomi House hospice

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THIS foamy fundraiser is guaranteed to raise a lot of laughs as well as cash.

Naomi House children’s hospice and Jacksplace is holding its first-ever Portsmouth fundraising event.

Southsea Common will be transformed into a 5k inflatable obstacle course – complete with foam cannons to make it that bit more difficult.

The Foam Fest event takes place on April 25.

Participants will have to dodge, dive, climb and laugh their way through a 5k course.

Keith Wilson, senior communications officer at Naomi House and Jacksplace, said: ‘This has got to be one of the most unique events we have ever staged and we’re delighted to be bringing it to the incredibly supportive city of Portsmouth.

‘We have all seen how successful and fun programmes like Total Wipeout have been, and we wanted to turn this into a fundraising event.

‘The reaction to Foam Fest has been huge and I’d urge anybody hoping to take part to secure their place soon.

The charity launched the event on its social media pages and was delighted when more than 200 people signed up in under a week.

With only 600 places available, staff at the hospice are confident the event will sell out.

The event is open to all and will feature miniature obstacle courses for children, as well as a day-long party 
atmosphere with music, games and refreshments.

The run is open to over-14s only and runners will be set off in waves. The first wave begins at 10am.

All money raised from the event will go towards the care and support offered to children and young people with life-threatening illnesses and their families, including those in south-east Hampshire.

Places cost £15 in advance and runners are asked to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship.

Each year the hospice needs to raise £7m in order to keep the service running seven days a week, all-year round, and free.

The hospice is also being renovated through the Caterpillar Appeal – a separate fundraising drive to get more than £4m in order to update the site.

To secure your place visit naomihouse.org.uk/events/showevent/foam-fest