People are being urged to sign up for this year’s Starlight Walk in Norwich to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Macmillan Cancer Support in Norfolk

Every fortnight 169 people in Norfolk will be told they have cancer and one in three people will get cancer at some point in their lives.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s aim is to reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer, and support patients and their families and carers at every stage of their cancer journey.

Macmillan provides practical, medical and financial support and also pushes for better cancer care. It aims to help people through its health and social care professionals, financial support, information services and local cancer care centres. People can call the free Macmillan Support Line, for answers to questions, support, or just a chat, on 0808 8080000 Monday to Friday from 9am until 8pm.

For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support visit www.macmillan.org.uk

The annual sponsored walk first started in 2006 and so far more than £350,000 has been raised for the cancer charity. After running a shortened walk last year, this year’s event will return to being a 13 mile route starting and finishing at the Sportspark on the UEA campus. The walk will start at 10.30pm on Friday, June 27 with fireworks to send the walkers on their way.

Organiser Jane Rumball said she hoped more than 500 people would take part this year.

She said: “Getting involved is a great way to help support people who are affected by cancer. We don’t have any overheads and every penny goes to Macmillan. There is a nice atmosphere during the walk, some people dress up and wear fairy lights or bright colours. A lot of people do the walk because they know somebody who is affected by cancer.”

Starlight Walk regular Denise Goodwin, from Freethorpe, is taking part with the Starlight Babes, many of who are Great Yarmouth and District Athletic Club members.

“We like doing it because it is for Macmillan,” said Denise, 56, who is married to David.

“My husband’s mum and dad, Edith and Dennis, were both helped by Macmillan. Macmillan means a lot to our family.”

Mrs Goodwin, whose own dad Dennis had prostate cancer and who lost her sister Sandra Poll to secondary liver cancer, urged lots of people to do the walk.

“Just give it a go. The marshals along the route are very supportive, there is a really good atmosphere and it is for a really good cause.”

• The Starlight Walk is on June 27. You need to be over 16 to take part. To sign up visit www.starlightwalknorwich.co.uk or call 0300 1000200.

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