Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s popular Walk in the Dark fundraiser will return this April for the first time since 2019.Advertisement
The nighttime trek along the A6 from Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, sponsored by Eric Wright Group, will set out at 8pm on Saturday 23 April.
Participants can also complete the 11-mile distance virtually, with in-person walkers encouraged to foster a ‘street party atmosphere’.
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Dan Hill, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s chief officer, said: “We have chosen St George’s Day for our comeback walk in what is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.
“Sponsored walks are a great British tradition, so let’s celebrate being able to get out there and do what we British
do brilliantly well, which is support our NHS!
“This year’s walk will be our 14th Walk in the Dark. It quickly established itself as being our most important annual fundraising activity.”
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Thousands of people have walked the flat route over the years to collectively raise more than £300,000 for Rosemere projects, benefitting cancer patients treated in NHS hospitals throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Dan said: “We have sorely missed Walk in the Dark over the last two years, but as with this year, Eric Wright Group remained with us to be the sponsor of virtual versions in 2020 and last year.
“We are extremely grateful for its support, which covers our staging costs so that walkers can be confident that
every penny from them goes towards our work.”
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Jeremy Hartley, Group Managing Director of Eric Wright Group, said they are delighted to be involved.
Hartley said: “We have recognised Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s hugely valuable work in supporting those in treatment both at Rosemere Cancer Centre and all of our hospital cancer units.
“We send all the participants our best wishes as they raise money for this excellent cause.”
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Entry costs £15 per person, with children under 12 invited to join for free – dogs are also welcome.
The charity has encouraged walkers to dress up and display the names of loved ones they may be walking in memory of.
There is no time limit, there will be refreshments on arrival in Preston, and there is a halfway pit stop providing toilets and hot drinks.
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There is a free bus service in operation before the start so that participants can park their cars at the Royal Preston Hospital for the finish.
They can take a bus that will shuttle them back to the starting line in Chorley, where there will be live music to set the walk-off.
To register, visit – https://rosemere.org.uk/
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