Staff from Eton Environmental Group put some colour in their cheeks when they raised money for charity.

Eight members of our team recently took part in the Color Obstacle Rush at Sedgefield Racecourse. The event, which has become the latest ‘fun run’ craze, involves people navigating a 5K course by pushing through foam and getting doused with colour powder while climbing up and down nets, making their way down giant slides, leaping through bouncy castles, crawling under inflatable beams and digging through a giant ball pit before being rewarded with a party at the finish line.

The Eton team – Sam Alderton, Sammy Towes, Lee-Ann Banks, Angela Coward, Russell Ingledew, Fergus Hanrahan, Lisa Hanrahan and Shannon Williams – all managed to complete the course and raise £250 for Hope for Holly, a Middlesbrough-based charity which supports children with cancer.

Lee-Ann Banks, Eton’s Administration and Scheduling Manager, said: “It was the first time any of us had done something like this but we had a fantastic time and it’s great to have raised money for such a worthwhile charity.”

Hope for Holly was set up by Andy Gowland and Lucy Toner-Gowland, of Marton, in the name of their brave daughter, Holly, now seven, who has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukaemia since she was diagnosed a week before her fourth birthday.

The charity has since been helping to fund research into blood cancers as well as giving money back to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where Holly receives her treatment. To date around £50,000 has been raised.

To donate to Hope for Holly visit