FOUL weather has forced the cancellation of another Chester community event this weekend, as Sunday's Foamtastic Colour Blast at Chester Racecourse has been called off.

Backford charity Hospice of the Good Shepherd is very disappointed to announce that due to the adverse weather conditions and the yellow weather warning from the Met Office, the fundraiser has been cancelled.

It follows the news Chester Pride, which was due to be held on Saturday, has been postponed to a later date in the year due to strong winds forecast.

A spokesperson for the hospice said: "Following an emergency site meeting at the Racecourse in Chester this morning, staff at the Racecourse anticipated that the forecasted bad weather will have significant impact on the ground, which is currently already underwater in places and therefore for health and safety reasons the event has been cancelled.

"We are currently working hard with the team at the Racecourse to find a suitable alternative date for the event."

Caroline Siddall, director of income generation, said: “Please accept our sincere apologies for this, as you know all profits from our events go towards direct patient care so this decision was not taken lightly.

“Along with hundreds of participants our whole fundraising team and volunteers were all looking forward to this exciting event; it’s one of the highlights in our calendar.”

Now in its 30th year, the hospice has an annual running cost of £4.2 million where less than 25 per cent comes from government funding. The remaining income is generated through fundraising, donations, events and corporate partnerships.