Dove House Colour Run 2016

Over the weekend I was involved in something pretty amazing and certainly different from everyday activities.

Dove House Hospice Colour Run took its place at Hymers College on Saturday. The event for the third year brought together fantastic people in urge to help and support Dove House Hospice.

The reason why I found myself covered in rainbow paint was my long-thought idea of running and photographing at the same time. I geared up with GoPro Hero, rather than carry the bulky Mark III, so I filmed as well as photographed. For the Colour Run I couldn’t really decide which way to go – run or photograph from the viewers point of view…and I think my decision to do both has got some success.

As just recently I have started volunteering for Dove House Hospice and start my End Of Life Celebrations project with them, I had the opportunity to bring the ideas forward to Fundraising team and they showed 100% support.

They loved the idea to have the Colour Run reflected from artists point of view within the actual run.

The GoPro Hero was an adorable little camera that took some shots from right of the middle of the action. I also filmed a lot whilst running, stopping for a close up action near the paint stations.

I have never used GoPro before and I wish I was. I have looked through the footage and the actual parts where I run are just…funny to say…a bit of a fail. Camera is jumping up and down with me and just doesn’t look right. But everything is a learning curve and I will master Adobe Pro and get a lovely short video from the footage I have.

Overall – really exciting event, brings different people together for one cause. The paint, sweat, water, smiles and fresh air literally made my day.

Thank you to Dove House Hospice and Phoebe for trusting me this awesome job, following my crazy ideas and lending me a GoPro.



P.S. Video to come soon….



I went back to Dove House Hospice to see Tania Wilson and have a look around the hospice, meet some people and hand in the volunteer application form.

Again I managed to get myself there early. I had a look through some booklets related to death and picked up a few:

  • Organ Donation is a bit separate from my project ideas, but I had a thought – not taking in account religion – donating organs is like providing spare parts for a different body that serves a great purpose -to live and fully execute the abilities that the body gives. Sounds strange, but I believe that our body and physical assets is just for us to get about and help others, love and live.
  • Getting the facts right about death and dying booklet is revealing the myths and gives an insight of how we should approach this sensitive subject.
  • Talk to children about dying booklet again is just there to explain the myths and gives information about how to help your children understand death. It is up to a parent how to tell the child if a family member or a friend passes away, but there should be that safe word or explanation. Also this is a subject to look into for the project Dove House Hospice have submitted for City Of Culture 2017, as I might be part of that.


Also I had a look around the hospice. Really friendly and homely vibes, I felt like I am part of an amazing place and community, great people and I can’t imagine the best place where to deal with death and share the sadness.

The garden is like a wonderland and I promised that I will photograph the garden and “photoshop” unicorns and angels, because I feel their presence there. Ha!

I also met lovely personnel and patients. It was a bit sad to realise the “end” for some, but if I am being honest – none of them looked down – all smiley, happy and full of life.
This is what makes this place special – the surroundings and people that do this amazing job of taking care of terminally ill.

Thank you #DoveHouseHospice