Aug 12 2011 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
AN Ayrshire fundraiser is set to lead a troop of walkers on a night-time marathon.
Lorna Dempsey, of Butterfly Events, is appealing for volunteers to join her at Cancer Research UK’s new event.
Thousands are set to hit the streets next month in a bid to raise charity cash.
And Lorna, who has raised £154,000 in five years to help fund lifesaving research into cancer, is gathering a team to take part.
Participants can choose a full or half marathon night-time route, and on the big night, the city of Glasgow is set to be illuminated, with famous landmarks lit up for the event.
Lorna, of Dalmellington, said: “After I lost a close friend to breast cancer, I’ve wanted to do all I can to try and help beat the disease.
“My Butterfly Events continue to be a tremendous success, but this time I’m going to do something a little different and challenge myself.
“Shine is going to be a night to remember. With thousands of people on the streets it’ll be a real spectacle.
“A great thing about it is you can decide what area of research you want your sponsorship money to go to.
“I have managed to talk a few close friends, husband Craig and supporters into it, but I want more local people to join me.
“The bigger team we can get together the more money we can raise and the more fun we can have, I am even willing to organise a bus there and back.”
Cancer Research UK is hoping as many as 5000 men and women will take to the streets on the night of September 10 and raise as much as £1 million for research into new ways to beat the disease.
Participants can choose to support one of 12 different areas of scientific research, including breast cancer, lung cancer, and leukaemia.
Or they can simply give their backing to Cancer Research UK’s overall work.
Every walker taking to the streets will be given a back sign to include messages in memory or in celebration of loved ones.
Joff Charters, Cancer Research UK Shine event manager, said: “By entering Shine and pledging to raise money for research, Lorna’s team will be helping to bring light to people affected by cancer.
“Whether they choose to walk the full or half marathon route, every participant will be part of a fantastic atmosphere created by the thousands of committed supporters.”
To join Lorna’s team, contact her on 07796 691349, or email email@example.com and register now at www.cancerresearchuk.org/shine.