Ben Launches Hospice Rainbow Dash

Ben Johnson (9) from Yarm is a boy in a million. His ambition is to raise £1 million for Butterwick Hospice to help people like his dad who was cared for by Butterwick Hospice in Stockton. 

Ben has become an extraordinary fundraiser since he started raising money in May 2015, just 3 months before his beloved dad passed away. Since then Ben has raised over £11,000 and on Friday 25th March he and his mum Jo met up with Butterwick Hospice Fundraiser, Helen Kirby, in Hamsterley Forest to launch one of the biggest fun runs of the year, the Butterwick Rainbow Dash. 

Ben invited others to join him in having lots of colourful fun by signing up to take part in the 5k/10k fun run which takes place in Hamsterley Forest on Sunday 22nd May 2016. The run last year attracted families from all over the north east who came to support Butterwick Hospice and who collectively raised over £27,000 for Butterwick services to adults and children across the north east. 

Ben and Jo are once again raising funds this year towards Ben's very ambitious fundraising target. To join Ben and hundreds of other people of all ages taking part in probably the happiest fun run in the region through the beautiful location of Hamsterley Forest you can sign up today at or telephone 01388 603003 during office hours. 

Adult registration for the event costs just £17.50, young people aged 10 to 16 can be registered for £12.50. Under 10s can participate FREE.

Watch Ben's story on YouTube and sign up to help Butterwick raise funds at this year's Rainbow Dash today.

Photo courtesy of the Northern Echo

Video courtesy of the Gazette and Journal Fundraiser of the Year Awards 2015

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