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The Shakespeare Hospice, Meon Vale Leisure Centre’s charity partner, has praised the new health and fitness facility for hosting Warwickshire’s first ever Colour Blast.

Nearly 400 people took part in the 5k run at St. Modwen’s Meon Vale Leisure Centre on Sunday 28 September, during which they were showered with explosions of powder paint.

All participants, who ran, walked, skipped and danced their way around the course, set off wearing white clothing. By the time they reached the finish-line, they had been transformed into human rainbows, having made their way through blue, red, green, pink and yellow colour stations.

They raised a staggering total of £8,000 for the charity, which provides care and support to patients and families affected by life limiting illness in South Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds.

Organiser Lily Sutton, event fundraiser at The Shakespeare Hospice, said: “Meon Vale went above and beyond to help us with our first ever Colour Blast event, helping to create a clearly marked out route, ensuring it was safe for all people taking part and provided a brilliant venue.”

James Freeman, manager at St. Modwen’s Meon Vale Leisure Centre, said: “It was great to see such an exciting event taking place at the new leisure centre and there was a really good atmosphere. We are really pleased to have been able to support The Shakespeare Hospice Colour Blast while also giving lots of new people the opportunity to see our new facility.”

Meon Vale Leisure Centre, which opened in July 2014, provides high quality but affordable facilities that can cater for all ages, fitness levels and abilities.

Meon Vale is the transformation of a 470 acre former Ministry of Defence site into a new Warwickshire community. Along with the leisure centre, St. Modwen is also delivering a number of other important facilities as part of the first phase of development there, including a camping and caravan site, 18 apartments, a village hall, convenience store and 284 homes in partnership with Persimmon Homes