Charity asks East Lancashire day trippers for help

Day trippers planning on visiting Blackpool Illuminations later this month (October) are being asked to park the car and walk the five miles through the lights to help local charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Friday, 9th October 2020, 12:30 pm

For the last eight years, the charity has invited its supporters to join it on a family group walk along the Prom from Bispham tram stop to Starr Gate. Entry fees and sponsorship money from the annual event has funded projects benefitting local cancer patients valued at more than £30,000.

This year, the coronavirus pandemic means the walk cannot go ahead as usual but Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s chief officer Dan Hill is hopeful that people planning on visiting the resort, including during the half term holiday, will still walk the lights in their own bubbles to help its work.

Dan said: “It’s been well documented that charities such as Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which relies almost entirely on community events for income, are really struggling in the current climate. Usually, we have three to four hundred people of all ages Walk the Lights with us. It’s great fun and everyone gets together afterwards to receive a certificate and enjoy the free refreshments that we provide.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation chief officer Dan Hill (left) registers walkers at the sign-in to last year’s fundraising Walk the Lights. Now he wants day-trippers to take the same Promenade route through the Illuminations but in their own family bubble

“Obviously, restrictions mean we cannot do that this year, but to quote a phrase that’s become quite familiar recently, cancer doesn’t stop for the coronavirus so neither does our work. We have projects we are desperate to fund so if you are planning on seeing the lights, please walk them safely to help us.”

The charity is asking anyone planning on going to Blackpool between Friday, October 16th and Sunday, November 1st, to register to walk the lights for it via its website at is £5 and a certificate of involvement will be posted to participants at the end of the challenge. Those taking part are also encouraged to upload photographs of themselves en route on to the charity’s Instagram and Facebook page.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment and radiotherapy centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.