More than 500 people took part in the Rainbow Run at Ridlins Stadium in Stevenage on 23 June and raised over £20,000 for our hospitals.

Now in its third year, Rainbow Run is Hertfordshire’s most colourful, family-friendly fun run with participants as young as 2-years-old taking part.

The event raises funds for projects to support patients, families and staff at our four hospitals: Hertford County Hospital, Lister Hospital, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and New QEII Hospital.

The 2024 event was officially opened by Stevenage Mayor, Jim Brown, and charity chair and non-executive director of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Dr David Buckle.

As well as members of staff from the NHS Trust, runners also included former patients and families who wanted to thank a hospital department for the care they had given. 

Emma Gunn, from Hitchin, now living in Langford, took part with her 15-year-old triplets, Seb, Jack and Milo (pictured below).

Emma said: “It was 16 years ago when I fell pregnant with triplets. The pregnancy was high risk and complex which meant I had to spend a lot of time at Lister Hospital. The care I received was amazing. They looked after me through every hurdle and as a result, I have three amazing boys.

“I will never be able to repay the kindness and incredible care we all received. We took part in the Rainbow Run to raise money for projects to help other patients and families.

“It was a brilliant day. I had wanted us all to run together as it was my birthday, but my boys are very competitive, so they went off to run their own race. For the sake of peace at home, I’d better not say who won!”

Beth McNeil, head of fundraising at the charity, said: “This is our third year of putting on Rainbow Run and it gets better each year. Thank you to everyone who took part and made it such a brilliant, fun-filled day. 

“We’re thrilled to have raised over £20,000 to support our hospitals. We have raised funds for so many different areas of the hospitals: from the maternity department to the children’s wards; from cancer services to dementia support, we have raised funds for nearly all the areas of the hospital.

“It’s been lovely to hear why people wanted to thank a particular department and see everyone supporting our wonderful NHS. We can’t wait for next year!

“We would like to thank the amazing sponsors whose support ensured we could put on a brilliant day: Roderick Mortgage Services, Raymond James Hitchin, Nationserv, Caremark, Avocado Properties and Numerous. We’d also like to thank Extreme Scaffolding and All Signs All Print. Thank you all so much for helping us put on such a great event.”