Preston based construction and development company Eric Wright Group is helping to pave the way for the successful return of Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s annual Walk in the Dark fundraiser.Advertisement
The firm has agreed to sponsor the 11-mile night-time trek from Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital for the sixth consecutive year.
The 12th Walk in the Dark will take place on Saturday, 4 September – a Covid-19 enforced departure from its usual April diary date – setting out at 8pm.
The walk is Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s flagship event which attracts hundreds of walkers. Some are neon clad or walk with glow sticks to give it a carnival atmosphere while others choose a more reflective path to walk in memory of a loved one.
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Last year’s walk was lost to the pandemic but Eric Wright Group still donated its £2,500 sponsorship, which is usually spent on set-up and running costs, to the charity.
Dan Hill, chief officer of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “We are extremely grateful to Eric Wright Group for its continued support of Walk in the Dark, which is our biggest annual fundraiser.
“To date, the walk has raised more than £300,000 for life-changing cancer projects throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria. It is crucial to our work and so it’s fantastic that it’s back after the disappointment of last year’s cancellation.”
At the end of the walk, there are free refreshments. Parking at either hospital is also free and there is a free bus service from the turning circle near St Clare’s Church, which is opposite the Royal Preston Hospital in Sharoe Green Lane, at 7pm to take walkers wanting to leave their vehicles at the walk’s finish to its start.
Jeremy Hartley, Managing Director of Eric Wright Group, said: “As a local company, we are very aware of Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s exceptional work in supporting those in treatment at Rosemere Cancer Centre and all of our region’s hospital cancer units. We wish the foundation every success for the event.”
To sign up to take part in September’s Walk in the Dark, go to www.rosemere.org.uk or call 01772 522913. There is a £15 entry fee for everyone over the age of 12 years. Children 12 and under, plus dogs, are welcome to walk for free. All finishers will receive a commemorative medal.
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