There were bubbles and beaming smiles galore on Sunday (20 May) when a frothy and foamy fun run with a difference took place at Hove Park, near Brighton.

The event was the Demelza Hospice Care for Children Brighton Bubble Rush 2018 – where ‘bubblers’ of all ages made their way through 4ft (1.2m) walls of coloured foam going twice around a 2.5km course – all in support of the charity.


The event is now in its fourth year and this time round there were more than 600 participants who included children, dads, mums, aunts, uncles, grandparents, carers and even the odd dog or two.

Brighton Bubble Rush 2018 was started by the new mayor for Brighton and Hove Councillor Dee Simson and Ella, aged 18, who was able to take part in the wheelchair-friendly event with the assistance of two carers. Ella and her family have been receiving support from Demelza’s community team for several years. Ella needs round the clock care and the team visit the family home in Lewes twice a day, Monday to Friday.

Her mum Andrea said: “Demelza are amazing and have given us lots of support. They’ve been a lifeline.”

The mayor Cllr Deeson took her daughter and grand-daughter along to the event. She said: “Demelza is such a wonderful organisation. The charity does amazing work.”

All bubblers were given a Bubble Rush T-shirt, a commemorative medal, a goody bag and there is a prize up for grabs for the bubbler who raises the most in sponsorship.


Those taking part included families supported by Demelza, those who wanted to raise money for a good cause and others who were simply looking for a fun family day out.

Entrants included father and son Stewart and Dexter Turner-Murrell, from Brighton, whose dog Woodie also ran the course, with the family wanting to raise money for a good cause. A family from Bexhill ran to raise money for Demelza as they have had support by Demelza. Kerry Taylor, from Lancing, went along with her children – Beth, nine and five-year-old Barney – and other relatives for a fun day out with the family.

First over the finishing line was Felix Hazlewood, 13, from Brighton, closely followed by Nicole Bleasdale, 11, Ilse Saunders, 11 and Lexi Harker, 11, who are all members of Brighton and Hove Athletic Club.

Hayley Richardson, Head of Community and Events at Demelza, said: “As a charity, Demelza is almost entirely dependent on the generosity of our supporters to provide the funds that keep our services going. We are so thankful to everyone who turned out at Bubble Rush Brighton and made this fundraising event such a brilliant day.”

Those who missed the fun need not despair as Demelza has another two Bubble Rush events this year which take place at Avery Hill Park, Eltham on Sunday 15 July and Mote Park, Maidstone, on Sunday 12 August.

Find out more on the Demelza website at:, follow the charity on Facebook at or @demelzahospice on Twitter.


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