The Rosemère Cancer Foundation Walk in the Dark took place on Saturday, April 23 after a two-year hiatus imposed by Covid.
It was the 14and Walk in the Dark and the sixth sponsored by Eric Wright Group.
Sponsorship covers all staging costs so that every penny of all entry fees and sponsorship funds raised by those who attend go to support Rosemere’s projects in Preston, Lancashire and South Wales. Cumbria.
In previous years, the thousands of people who participated have collectively raised £300,000 for Rosemère’s projects.
The walk itself is 11 miles along the A6 from Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to Rosemere Cancer Center at Royal Preston Hospital. It is a mostly flat course. Many walkers park at the Royal Preston and board a shuttle bus that takes them to the start. Redline, from Preston, ran three free shuttles.
The march started at 8 p.m. He followed a Zumba warm-up by Jamie-Lee Kirby, a Penwortham Zumba teacher. Local band The Inbetweeners also played to give walkers a musical send-off and performed again at the halfway point, St Saviors, Bamber Bridge, which is a toilet and refreshment stop for people.
There were around 250 walkers so just for the entry fee around £5,000 was raised but Rosemere expects that total to more than double over the next few weeks as many had pages individual online fundraising or sponsorship forms.
Supporters Norma Blackburn and Margaret Dunn, who are neighbors in Penwortham, raised £170 by running a stall at the start of the sale of Rosemere products, glow sticks and other novelties. Most walkers dressed for the walk and had glow-in-the-dark accessories.
Community psychiatric nurse Julie McLaughlin, from Penwortham, raised £65 by painting the Rosemere logo on the freehand walkers. She did so in memory of her father David Stott, who died in July 2017 aged just 63 from leukemia. David was a firefighter and later a driving instructor who worked as a social care project worker when he retired.
All went well and everyone made it to the safety of the Royal Preston.
At the end, they received a medal and were invited to the hospital’s Charters Restaurant for a hot drink and food.
The first person to return was dental consultant Mr Kevin Mellan, who works at the hospital. He intended to walk the route but ended up running most of it in cargo shorts only to be back in about 80 minutes or so. Rosemere also had two other runners – 78-year-old grandfather Leyland and retired lecturer Walter James, a former skin cancer patient, and Neil Nelson.
Other NHS staff also participated, including a team of skin cancer nurses from the Royal Preston Hospital.
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