It’s Third Time Lucky for Rosemere as Building Firm Steps up to Support Walk in the Dark

Construction company Eric Wright Group is to sponsor Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s annual Walk in the Dark for the third consecutive year.

The 11-mile, night-time trek along the A6 from Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, is scheduled to take place from 9 pm on Saturday, 27th April.

This year’s Walk in the Dark will be the 11th. Over the years, more than 2,500 people from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria have walked the largely flat route, collectively raising just short of £300,000 through entry fees and sponsorship. This makes Walk in the Dark Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s single most important event in the charity’s year-long fundraising calendar.

Of Preston-based Eric Wright Group’s continued Walk in the Dark support, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s Trust and Corporate Fundraising Manager Cathy Skidmore said: “We are delighted Eric Wright Group has again come forward to support Walk in the Dark.

“Walk in the Dark is an essential event for us and by taking on its sponsorship, Eric Wright Group is effectively covering its staging costs so that every penny raised in entry fees and from walkers being sponsored can go directly to helping us fund projects across Lancashire and South Cumbria to help local people going through cancer treatment right now.”

Jeremy Hartley, managing director of Eric Wright Group, said: “We first began supporting Rosemere Cancer Foundation six years ago sponsoring the Blackburn Cathedral Valentine’s concert and are delighted once again to be involved in Walk in the Dark. As a local company, we are well aware of Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s work to support those in treatment at Rosemere Cancer Centre and all of our region’s hospital cancer units and in recognition of this they were also nominated as one of our Charities of the Year in 2018 with a substantial donation.”

Entry to this year’s Walk in the Dark is now open via online registration at or by calling 01772 522913.

The entry fee 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 to display the names 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. There is a free bus service in operation prior to the start of the walk so that walkers can park their cars at the Royal Preston Hospital for when they finish, hopping on to a bus that will shuttle them back to the starting line in Chorley.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre and eight other local hospital cancer units across the two counties. It does this by funding cutting edge equipment, research, training and other services that would otherwise be beyond limited NHS resources. For further information on its work and how to donate, visit

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