Construction company Eric Wright Group is building on foundations first laid last year to once again sponsor Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s annual Walk in the Dark.
This year’s walk on the night of Saturday, 28th April, will be the charity’s 10th trek along the A6 from Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.
Over the last decade, 2,300 people have walked the 11-mile route. Collectively, through entry fees and sponsorship, they have raised just short of £250,000.
This money has gone to helping Rosemere Cancer Foundation bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients living throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre, and at another eight hospitals within the two counties that also have oncology departments. Among this number is Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, where Rosemere Cancer Foundation funded a new chemotherapy unit that officially opened last year.
Of Walton Summit-based Eric Wright Group’s continued Walk in the Dark support, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s corporate and trust fundraising manager Cathy Skidmore said: “It’s fantastic to have the company once again step up to help us with the costs of staging Walk in the Dark.
“We provide a bus service for our walkers whereby we collect them from the Royal Preston Hospital so that they can leave their cars there for when they finish walking and transport them to Chorley and South Ribble Hospital for the start of the walk.”
Cathy added: “We also provide refreshments and goody bags and there are other costs such as printing entry and sponsorship forms. By sponsoring Walk in the Dark, Eric Wright Group is effectively covering these expenses so that every penny raised by the walk can go directly to our 20 Years Anniversary Appeal, which 2018’s walk is supporting.
“With it being our tenth walk and for our appeal, it would be great if we could make this walk our best subscribed to date and bring the total raised by the event over the decade to a whopping £300,000!”
Jeremy Hartley, managing director of Eric Wright Group, said: “We are delighted once again to be involved in Walk in the Dark with Rosemere Cancer Foundation. As a local company, we are well aware of Rosemere Cancer Centre at which a number of our staff and family members have been treated. It is our pleasure to support Rosemere Cancer Foundation and the work it does to support not only the centre but all our region’s hospital cancer units and cancer patients.”
The walk sets off at 9 pm following a group warm-up. Entry is £10 per person with children under 12 able to participate for free. Dogs are also welcome. Walkers are invited to dress up to help give the event a carnival atmosphere and display the name of loved ones they may be walking in memory of.
Walkers walk at their own speed – there is no time limit. All entrants receive a goody bag at the start of the walk and are welcomed at the finish with brews and bacon barms.