Colour Rush comes to Harrogate

Bella, Laura, and Jo after the Colour Rush. (S)
Bella, Laura, and Jo after the Colour Rush. (S)

In memory of her mum, a Harrogate woman is set to paint the town in the St Michael’s Hospice upcoming event The Colour Rush.

Laura Dudley, who is herself a mum, will be covered in paint at the run at Ripley Castle on June 22 in a tribute to her mum Val who died suddenly in February 2012.

Laura’s daughter Bella, aged four, will also be taking part in the untimed 5km race.

Laura said: “I strive to do things that I’m sure would make my mum shake her head at me in disbelief albeit with a smile on her face.

“Since she has passed I find comfort in rainbows. It is my aim to keep the memory of her alive by doing things in her name. I can’t think of a better way than to become a walking, talking rainbow.”

Laura will also be taking part in the event with five colleagues from specialist education service West14 in Leeds to raise funds for families in the Harrogate district living with terminal illness and bereavement – a cause Laura is passionate about after receiving support from Saint Michael’s bereavement service, Just ‘B’.

When her mum died aged 56, Laura struggled through the weeks that followed until her GP referred her to Just ‘B’.

“I’d never heard of Just ‘B’, I didn’t know where it was or whether I’d have to pay for it; the details didn’t matter, all I knew was that I needed help,” she said.

“Struggling through grief doesn’t have to be the only option, there is light in the dark - my family, my friends, and Just ‘B’.”

Entry to the event, sponsored by Engage Mutual Assurance, will close at midnight on Sunday. Call 01423 856790 to book your place.