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Rainbows Bubble Rush fun draws 1,600 to Abbey Park

More than 1,600 people from across the East Midlands – including a number of celebrities - converged on Leicester’s Abbey Park to take part in the Rainbows Bubble Rush and raise money for youngsters with life-limiting conditions.

The bubbly feast of fun took place at historic city park for the first time ever on Saturday (23 September) in a multi-coloured foam-filled frenzy organised by the Loughborough-based charity.

Those taking part were joined by former EastEnders actress Rakhee Thakrar (who played Shabnam Masood) and Leicestershire county cricketers, with support from Leicester Riders during the bubble revelry which saw participants run, walk, dance, or skip their way around a 5km circuit. Along the way they encountered cannons blasting out walls of coloured bubbles.

After completing the event, Ms Thakrar commented: “I have just finished the Bubble Rush and it was wicked! I am a patron of Rainbows and I’m really happy to support them because they do amazing work with youngsters and their families going through unimaginably difficult times.”

Organisers say the event raised more than £30,000 for the charity which supports youngsters and their families from Leicestershire and across the East Midlands when they need it most.

Victoria Brunt, Events Fundraiser at Rainbows, said: “We are so grateful to the people of Leicester who turned out in their hundreds to support us and make the Bubble Rush such a success. It was all about celebrating, having fun with friends and family - and raising a smile for Rainbows. And everybody did exactly that.”

For more information visit www.rainbows.co.uk/bubble