Local Families Raise Thousands for CancerCare at the 8th Annual Kendal StarWalk

on Tuesday, 06 January 2015.

DSC 6262 001Around 400 local mums, dads, kids and neighbours walked or jogged around Kendal town centre on Saturday night at the annual StarWalk event, helping to raise over £30,000 for local charity CancerCare.

The 8th Annual StarWalk event kicked off from 8pm at Kendal Leisure Centre with a live performance from X Factor star Paul Akister. The Bay Radio’s Danny Matthews also helped gear up the crowd ahead of the StarWalk warm up and a massive balloon drop. StarWalkers then formed a giant conga line as they made their way through the hall to the starting line.

Organised by local cancer support charity CancerCare, The StarWalk event has fast become one of the biggest events of its kind in Cumbria and is one of only a few that lets families of all ages take part together with a choice of 5k or 15k night time routes.

First to cross the 15k finish line was local P.E Teacher Lynsey Goodyear who completed the route in 1hr 22 minutes. Lynsey came to CancerCare for help a few years ago after sadly losing her mum to cancer. She decided she'd like to raise funds for CancerCare this year and took part in the StarWalk along with some of her pupils from Settlebeck School in Sedbergh.

Another fundraising star 87 year old Arthur Hanson walked 15k in memory of his wife Margaret. He said, “I’ve managed to raise nearly £200 for CancerCare this year. I’ve taken part in the event a few times and I really enjoy it. I hope to do it again next year!”

Over 40 local volunteers came out to support the event and helped dish out goody bags, StarWalk T-shirts and a sausage baps to everyone who took part.

DSC 6019 3Event organiser Helen Hartin said:

“It was great to see so many families and young people taking part this year. The atmosphere on the night is always very special as many of our participants walk or run in support of someone they know who has experienced cancer or in memory of a loved one.”

“I’ve been blown away by everyone’s fundraising efforts so far and money is still coming in.”

“The event would not have been possible without the support of our amazing volunteers and supporters including Kendal Leisure Centre, St. John Ambulance, and Bay Radio.”

The StarWalk has raised over half a million pounds to date all of which helps support CancerCare’s vital work in helping adults and children affected by cancer in North Lancashire and South Lakeland communities. And unlike other national charity walk events, all the money raised through the Kendal StarWalk will remain in the local area.

SAM 0385CancerCare supports local people whose lives are affected by cancer as well as their families, carers and those bereaved by cancer. They offer a wide range of free professional support services delivered by experienced and qualified staff including counselling, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy massage, creative art therapies and exercise classes to name but a few.  The charity also offers a dedicated Children and Young People’s Service for children as young as three.

For more information about CancerCare call 01524 381 820 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow CancerCare on Twitter @CancerCareLocal or on Facebook at ‘CancerCareCharity’

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1 in 3 of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. 25 people are diagnosed with cancer every day in North Lancashire and South Lakeland.   CancerCare is a local charity providing support to people affected by cancer, their families, carers and those bereaved by cancer.

All CancerCare services are provided free of charge can only continue to do so as a direct result of fundraising and the generous donations from local people. CancerCare is 95% funded by charitable donations. CancerCare work closely with the NHS but only receive a small amount of funding from them each year.

Bay Radio – who are celebrating their 21st anniversary this year – are this year’s StarWalk main sponsors.

CancerCare would like to thank the following for supporting StarWalk 2014: Kendal Leisure Centre; Paul Akister; Red Onion Videos; Willow Water; McClures; Clarins within Beales; Tracy Dixon – Warm Up; J.B. Wedding Celebrations; North West Event Catering; David Willan Quality Fresh Foods; Romney’s of Kendal; Boots, Kendal & Lancaster; St. John’s Ambulance; Kendal Police; Kathleen Webster & Friends – Abbott’s Hall Community Centre; Peter Smith – Marshal Co-ordinator