Bubble-tastic fun for hospice

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South Side woman Joyce Gallen and 10 members of her family are taking part in a foam-filled day out to raise funds for The Prince & 
Princess of Wales Hospice.

It’s all in memory of Joyce’s dad Jamie, who died at the hospice last year.

Jamie, 72, had never picked up a paint brush until he 
was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

When he was attending the hospice as a daycare patient he visited the art room and 
discovered a new talent.

Originally from Killygordon in Donegal, Jamie worked as a gas mains layer when he lived in Glasgow and brought up his family. The world of art couldn’t have been further from his mind.

When he started painting at the hospice, the artists on staff compared his work to that of Ben Nicholson and early Piet Mondrain. He had an exhibition of his work before he died and now every member of the family has a piece of his artwork in their home.

Joyce, from Pollok, said: “My dad’s birthday would have been on May 27 and the hospice’s Bubble Rush event is two days later. We thought this was a lovely way to remember him and celebrate his life,”

“He had a great time and fond memories of his time spent in the art room at the hospice. That’s why I thought, we need to do something for the hospice.

“He took great pride in the work he made in the art room, I think it gave him a boost. The staff encouraged him so much and he learned so much about art.

“I remember someone called him Picasso, he joked that he was more of a Monet man. He would never have known that before going to the art room.”

This is the first time Bubble Rush has been staged in Scotland, at Bellahouston Park on May 29.

The event for all ages follows a course that is less than 5K and filled with masses and masses of bubbles. Open to all ages, the whole family can get involved. The course is not timed so take as long as you like to complete the challenge - run, walk or jog through the frothing bubbles to get to the finish line.

Along the route, high-powered bubble stations will shoot out coloured foam, blowing a massive 30 cubic metres a minute of froth. All you need to do is dive in.

Bubble runners are invited to dress up for the occasion: wear tutus, sunglasses, wigs and wings.

The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice at Carlton Place, Glasgow, is a charity, founded in 1980.

It provides free person-centred and family-focused palliative care and support.

To register for Bubble Rush, call Caroline Watson on 0141 429 5599 or email caroline.m.watson@ppwh.org.uk.