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Cambridge’s Cancer Research UK Shine Night Walk is cancelled

Cambridge's Cancer Research UK Shine Night Walk has been cancelled. Picture: Cancer Research UK (36809467)
Cambridge's Cancer Research UK Shine Night Walk has been cancelled. Picture: Cancer Research UK (36809467)

Organisers of Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk in Cambridge have cancelled the 2020 event.

It was scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 3, but the government's restriction on mass gatherings because of the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that it will no longer be held.

Patrick Keely, spokesperson for Cancer Research UK Cambridge, said: “We remain tirelessly committed to making progress for people affected by cancer but now more than ever, support from the public will be vital. We simply will not be able to continue funding our life-saving work without it.

“We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has taken part in Shine in the past and hope their support will continue.

“Last year an amazing £160,201 was raised at Shine Cambridge. It was a night to remember as people took to the city’s streets in a fun and inspirational parade of light to raise money for life-saving research.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that it won’t be taking place this year. The safety of our supporters, volunteers, suppliers and staff is however essential.”

Participants who had already signed up for the 2020 Shine Night Walk will be contacted directly by the charity.

But with Cancer Research UK expecting to see its fundraising income cut by 25 per cent in the next year because of the pandemic, people are being encouraged to participate in their own Shine Walk to raise money for the charity.

Partick added: “We hope Shine Night Walk will be back for 2021 in Cambridge. But the battle against cancer never stops. That’s why we’d love to invite people to consider taking on their own socially distanced Shine walk and help raise funds.”

Visit shinewalk.org to sign up to the for the latest news and updates on how to take part in your own Shine Walk. Participants are also being invited to join the Shine Walk Your Way community by sharing photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #ShineWalkYourWay.

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