Climbing obstacles for St Christopher’s
Collette Byford and her team of 13 are taking part in a 5k Colour Obstacle Rush in Kempton Park Race Course on 28th May in memory of her father, Michael O’Grady.
Michael, also known as Tricky, died at St Christopher’s in December 2015.
“The staff were fantastic; we couldn’t ask for better people,” says Collette. “The amount of money it must have cost to provide full time care… I want to give something back to St Christopher’s.”
The Colour Obstacle Rush is a 5k fun run. There are 20 obstacles along with rapid fires of sponge balls, space hopper racing, colour blasting, foamy slip ‘n’ slides, and lots of coloured powder for the team to get covered in.
“We decided to do a Colour Obstacle Rush because it will be more fun than just running,” adds Collette.
Collette will be joined by staff from Beckenham café, Filled of Dreams.
“A lot of their customers also use the hospice, so everyone’s always asking after dad in there,” says Collette. “Filled of Dreams wanted to be involved with the event and have a collection tin for St Christopher’s too.”
Furthermore, transport has been arranged thanks to the Arriva London Heritage Fleet, who Michael was employed by for many years. The company have organised for an old route master and driver for group on the day of the event.
Collette tells us that she has many fond memories from her father’s time at St Christopher’s; he was admitted on his 70th birthday and celebrated his 49th wedding anniversary at the hospice. For his funeral, Michael requested friends and family wear brightly coloured clothes and for money to go to St Christopher’s instead of being spent on flowers. This meant a fantastic £1250 was raised for the hospice.
If you’d like to support Collette and her team, you can visit her Virgin Money Giving site: