AN EXPLOSION of colour is due to hit Holsworthy this autumn to raise cash for a new North Devon Hospice building.
The charity will be holding a Colour Me Happy event on Sunday, October 5 to raise funds for its Longhouse Appeal.
The event, which kicks off at Stanhope Park in the town, is a 3km route where people will be showered with a rainbow of powder paints.
Jenny Richardson, from North Devon Hospice’s fundraising team, said: “This is going to be the happiest 3km you will ever walk, dance or run.
“The idea is not to race around the course, but to savour the experience together and enjoy the unique feeling of being covered head to toe in every colour under the sun.
“It’s suitable for anyone over the age of 12, so grab your family and friends and sign up today. It will be a wonderful way to come together and celebrate health, happiness and well being.”
The idea for the Colour Me Happy event originated from the Hindu festival of Holi.
Jenny said: “We’re thrilled to be staging the first local event of this type, because it will be such good fun and I think the whole community are going to jump at the chance to take part.
“All they need is white clothes, and we’ll take care of the rest. There will be plenty of stations along the way where everyone will get showered with colourful powder paints.
“By the end each person will look completely different, but equally beautiful in their rainbow of colours.
“Stanhope Park is going to be transformed. It will be a spectacle not to be missed, so I hope people sign up soon to guarantee their place.”
The route starts and finishes in Stanhope Park.
People will do a lap of the site where the hospice is hoping to build The Long House, where people will be able to access hospice facilities. The Long House will be next to Holsworthy Medical Centre and will provide extra support to families facing the challenges of cancer and life-limiting illnesses
There will be spaces for one-to-one counselling, support groups, complementary therapies, outpatient clinics and more.