Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s ‘Walk in the Dark’ fundraiser will return on Saturday 27 April this year, it has been confirmed.Advertisement
The 11-mile trek will start at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital at 8:15 pm, seeing participants walking in the dark to Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.
This year, colleagues from Eric Wright are signing up in support of Andy Barnes, 57, who has worked in the company’s Water Division for 21 years.
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He was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour in 2022 and has since undergone surgery and began radiotherapy and chemotherapy, completing his treatment in October.
Andy said: “I have nothing but praise for the team that treated me at Rosemere Cancer Centre and for Eric Wright Group.
“My wife Lindsey let the company know of my diagnosis the day after I received it and since then, I have had phone calls, messages and visits from colleagues checking how I am. They have been amazing.”
Both Andy and Lindsey will be at Walk in the Dark’s start, seeing walkers off then returning for its finish 11 miles down the A6.
Sue Swire, fundraising manager for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “Walk in the Dark is our single biggest event of the year and we’re hoping that by this April, we will have around 400 walkers joining us.
“We are extremely grateful to Eric Wright Group for its continued support. I have already had the privilege of meeting Andy and some of his colleagues.
“They are a fantastic bunch, who will bring a lot of fun to the evening. That’s the essence of Walk in the Dark. It’s not about speed.
“It’s about celebrating life and the lives being saved or prolonged by the wonderful clinical teams at Rosemere Cancer Centre and our local hospital cancer units throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria that we work with and support.”
Entry costs £15 per person, with children under 12 being free and dogs welcome – if participants register before 11 February, a £5 discount is available. There will also be a free bus service in operation, so participants can park their cars at the Royal Preston Hospital for the finish as well as refreshments throughout the walk.
The charity has encouraged those to dress up and display the names of loved ones who they may be walking in memory of.
Thousands of people have walked the route over the years to collectively raise more than £300,000 for Rosemere, benefitting cancer patients throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria.
To register or for more information, visit www.rosemere.org.uk
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