Derek Hayward with his daughter Claire-Emma who will be raising money for St Barnabas Hospice.

Bubble Rush run will raise hospice funds

A Spalding woman is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for charity in memory of her dad who died earlier this year.


Claire-Emma Overton (37), and her five-year-old son Daniel join friends in the St Barnabas Hospice Bubble Rush on September 30.


Her father, Derek Hayward (65), of Swineshead, was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in February and died 11 weeks later at his home.


The hospice helped in his care during the last weeks of his life.


“Dad tried his hardest to fight it, but it was just too late, cancer had taken over his body and he passed away with mum and I by his side. It had been his wish to remain at home, and with the help of St Barnabas, we were able to make that happen,” said Clare-Emma.


She will be taking part in the 5k Bubble Rush around the parklands of Stoke Rochford Hall. High-powered foam cannons will blow bright, foamy bubbles to cover participants as they make their way round.


“It is my way of being able to give something back, to ensure other families received the same help and kindness that we did,” said Claire-Emma.


She is aiming to raise £300 for the hospice with the run. For sponsorship details see the website


Runners wishing to help can register for the event at

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