Fareham centre receives thousands as runners race Great South Run

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THOUSANDS of pounds was raised by determined runners for a children’s centre.

The Rainbow Centre, in Fareham, has thanked all the Great South Run participants, particularly the 42 people that chose to run for them in October.

Runners of the 10-mile race have raised £7,000 to support children and adults with cerebral palsy and adults with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and those recovering from stroke or head injury.

Lara Bull, centre director, said: ‘We were absolutely delighted to have so many people running for us this year.

‘It was fantastic to see so many Rainbow tops within the crowds of runners.

‘What a brilliant event the Great South Run is for all local charities.’

The centre, on Palmerston Drive, has had a huge charity appeal following its potential closure earlier this year.

And there has been a huge increase in the level of support being shown by individuals and companies.

People in the community have organised football and golf tournaments, skydives, sponsored silences, a Russian balalaika music evening and an Indian Summer Ball.

The 42 runners in the Great South Run was also a record for them.

Next year is The Rainbow Centre’s 25th anniversary and it is planning a huge array of events all linked to the number 25.

For more information on the centre visit rainbowcentre.org