Stars come out for the 9th Annual Kendal StarWalk!

on Monday, 08 June 2015.

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The 9th annual CancerCare StarWalk event offered participants the chance to run, walk or jog either a 5K or 15K route through the town centre on Saturday 9th May to help raise vital funds in support of local families affected by cancer.

The event kicked off at Kendal Leisure Centre at 8pm with live entertainment provided by Danny Matthews and the Bay Radio team alongside special guest Mr Zip from Britain’s Got Talent. StarWalkers then formed a giant conga line as they made their way outside to join official event starters Kendal Mayor Clare and CancerCare Chairman Robert Webb for the final StarWalk countdown.

Everyone who took part in this year’s StarWalk received a winner’s medal, t-shirt, Kendal Mint Cake and a sausage bap for their efforts.

First to cross the 5K finish line was Tommy Kljin aged 13 from Endmoor with Paul Percival-Smith finishing first in the 15K.

63 year old Jackie Hardaker from Staveley also took part in the 15K alongside her sister Pip. She said, “CancerCare really helped me last year when I was recovering from breast cancer so I wanted to give something back. They are a local charity too– we are very lucky to have them here in Kendal. We’ve managed to raise over £2,000 for them so far.”

Tom Owen-Jones and Danielle Manning from Kendal who were also fundraising for CancerCare said “We took part in the StarWalk this year as cancer is an issue close to our hearts. They really are an incredible charity.”

Event organiser Richard Cogger said: “I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out to support us. It was great seeing so many families of all ages taking part again this year. Together we’ve managed to raise a fantastic amount for CancerCare with sponsorship still coming in!”

“I’d also like to give a special mention to Sarah and her team from Windermere School who did a sterling job serving refreshments to our tired and hungry StarWalkers as well as our main sponsors Bay Radio and Kendal Leisure Centre.  Thanks also to our brilliant route marshals and volunteers who gave up their time to support us as well as the St. John’s Ambulance team.

“First aider Helena Weiss made a special effort to join us on the night having just landed back in the UK after an overseas trip – she said she wouldn’t have missed it for the world because CancerCare helped her so much when she had breast cancer.”

The StarWalk event has raised over half a million pounds for CancerCare to date whose free support services include professional Counselling, Support Group and a dedicated Children & Young People's Service.

>> Read full event report on our blog

>> View our StarWalk event photo gallery and watch our video

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StarWalk Sponsors and Supporters this year included:

Bay Radio (main sponsors) and Danny Matthews (M.C), North County Leisure & Kendal Leisure Centre, Sarah and team from Windermere School, Caterite (catering), McClures (water), Fitness Instructor Natalie Gay (warm up), Todds in Kendal (supplied bacon for the baps), Mike at JB Wedding Celebrations (Balloons), Mr Zip, St. John’s Ambulance, Kendal Police, Neon Photo Booth, Tony at Red Onion, Kendal Boots store, Castle Green Hotel and Romney’s

CancerCare is a unique independent charity dedicated to helping local families affected by cancer & life limiting conditions living in North Lancashire & South Lakeland

CancerCare has two dedicated centres based in Kendal (The Lakes Centre, Blackhall Road) and in Lancaster (Slynedales, Slyne Road) and also provides outreach services in local hospitals including The Westmorland General

All CancerCare’s services are provided free of charge. CancerCare is 85% funded by charitable donations and fundraising including the annual Kendal StarWalk event which has raised over half a million pounds to date.

CancerCare work closely with the NHS but only receive a small amount of funding from them each year

CancerCare’s experienced and qualified staff team have helped over 22,000 local people throughout the past 30 years.