York to light up the night for Cancer Research UK

18 August 2018

Men, women and children in York are being urged to walk all over cancer as Cancer Research UK launches an exciting new fundraising event in the city.

York has been chosen to host Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk for the first time, on Friday 12 October 2018.

The 10k walking event will see people of all ages and abilities uniting through light to raise money for life-saving research. People are invited to sign up now and choose to raise money for the area of cancer research closest to their hearts.

Participants can choose to support one of 12 different areas of scientific research. These include prostate cancer, testicular cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia. Or they can simply give their backing to Cancer Research UK’s overall work.




The Shine Night Walk starts at Rowntree Park at 7.30pm and participants will take to the city streets in a fun and inspirational parade of light. The route will pass landmarks such as the York Minster, the Shambles, Clifford’s Tower and finish at The Barbican.

York is one of just six locations in the UK selected to hold Shine Night Walk events in 2018.



Emma Colbourne, Cancer Research UK York Event Manager, said:

We’re delighted to bring Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk to York for the first time. We hope the whole community will unite behind this special, emotional event on October 12.

The battle against cancer never stops. We need everyone to sign up and start fundraising as soon as possible, to fund research that will bring hope to people affected by the disease.


One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Emma added:

Participants can choose to complete the course at their own speed, from a leisurely stroll to a lively stride to a full-on power walk. Training guidance and fundraising advice will be provided before the big night and there’ll be special points along the route to help keep everyone going.

The atmosphere on the evening promises to be unique as the community unites in the fight against the disease. It’s a special opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived.


By taking part in Shine Night Walk York, participants will be making a real difference to local men, women and children who face the disease.

Every day, around 80 people are told they have cancer in Yorkshire & The Humber* and around 29,900 people are diagnosed in the region each year.

To enter Shine Night Walk, visit shinewalk.org




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