VOLUNTEERS are being sought to turn runners into rainbows, at a charity event taking place in Poole.

Dorset's Rainbow Run, hosted by children's hospice Naomi House & Jacksplace, is returning to the town for the third year running, with the 3k race being held at Upton Country Park on Sunday, July 7.

The charity is looking for willing volunteers to man the pink, blue, green and orange paint stations on the day, and throw powdered paint onto the passing participants.

Charlotte Patrick, events fundraiser at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said: "Volunteering at one of the Rainbow Run paint stations is so much fun! We often have groups of colleagues or friends volunteering together to shower the runners with powdered paints. Should anyone want to volunteer their time on Sunday 7th July, they can get in touch by emailing hello@naomihouse.org.uk or calling 01962 760060."

The family friendly event is suitable for all ages and raises money to support of life limited and life threatened children, young adults and their families."

Nearly 400 runners have signed up to support their local hospices so far, but the charity is hoping for upwards of 1,000 runners to sign up to help raise money to transform short lives. Previous Rainbow Runs have attracted as many as 1,600 runners and raised in excess of £40,000.

Tickets are available until June 30, priced £20 for adults and £15 for children. Visit naomihouse.org.uk/dorset-rainbow-run to find out more or sign up.