The Christie charity is urging people across Greater Manchester to dazzle in Day-Glo and don neon fancy dress at the annual Night of Neon walk to raise money to support Manchester’s world-class cancer centre.
The 10k event takes place on Saturday, 22 October, 2016, starting at The Lowry in Salford Quays with walkers encouraged to wear their brightest neon costumes and accessories for this colourful evening fundraising spectacle.
Last year nearly 500 walkers stepped out in fluorescent colours to raise tens of thousands of pounds for The Christie.
This month The Christie is hoping that even more people will join in the fun and support the 44,000 patients who are treated for cancer at world leading specialist cancer centre each year.
Natalie Dawes, 37, is one of the hundreds of fundraisers who will take part in this year’s event. She is marking a year since she found a lump in her breast. Following treatment throughout the last 12 months for breast cancer, Natalie, a solicitor from Didsbury, Manchester, says she wanted to do something to thank The Christie.
I wanted to give something back to The Christie for the support they have given me over the last 12 months. Hopefully, they have saved my life.
“It’s a local hospital that you hope you never need to use but when I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year it was a godsend.
“Diagnosis to finishing chemo was the hardest six months of my life, nothing can prepare you for the physical and mental challenge. I want to let people know this can happen at any age.”
Natalie finished her chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in August and is now planning to return to work. She is taking part in the Night of Neon with her husband Mike.
The Night of Neon is now an established part of The Christie’s fundraising calendar. Before the walk gets under way there is a party atmosphere, with participants enjoying live entertainment including fire displays from Cirque du Manc’s Pyro Kaleido and performances from the Manchester Rock Choir.
Along the 10km route walkers are cheered on by teams of neon-clad supporters to help them reach the finish point where they can pick up their medal and where the party continues with a ‘fire finale’ and more music until 11pm.
Sporting events officer at The Christie charity, Sinead Kennedy-Peers, said: “The Night of Neon is a fantastic 10km walk around vibrant Salford Quays. On the evening there will be music, entertainment and face painting so it’s a great event to get friends and family members together to raise much-needed funds for The Christie.
I want to say a big thank you to everybody taking part in this year’s walk. We hope you all have a fabulous evening and thank you for supporting our cause.
It’s easy to register. Simply visit www.nightofneon.org or register on the night of the event from 6:30pm. The entry fee is £12 for adults, £6 for children.
You can sponsor Natalie at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Natalie-Dawes1.
The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has over 43,000 supporters who helped raise £15.9m last year.