Star walkers celebrate 10 years of charity event

Amber Rutherford, 10, from Lancaster, with her dad Aaron Rutherford, who both took part in the Star Walk.
Amber Rutherford, 10, from Lancaster, with her dad Aaron Rutherford, who both took part in the Star Walk.
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A 10-year-old girl from Lancaster whose mum is suffering from breast cancer completed CancerCare’s 10th anniversary StarWalk event with her dad to raise funds for the charity.

Amber Rutherford along with her dad Aaron, joined 300 walkers on a 5k or 10k route to help raise thousands of pounds in support of local families affected by cancer.

Walkers line up at the start of the CancerCare Star Walk event.

Walkers line up at the start of the CancerCare Star Walk event.

She said: “Mum couldn’t be with us tonight as she’s just had an operation but we’re proud to take part and raise funds for CancerCare who have been a great help to her.”

This year’s red carpet event kicked off at Kendal Leisure Centre on Saturday from 7pm with live entertainment provided by Danny Matthews and the Bay Radio.

They were also joined by special guests Jo & Bradley from S Club who performed a medley of sing along hits. First to cross the 5k finish line was Alan Disley and Kathryn Verity from Lancaster with Paul Percivel-Smith from Kendal finishing first in the 10k. 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.

Christine Wardle, Head of Income Generation at CancerCare, said: “We had a fantastic party to mark the 10th anniversary of our special StarWalk event. Thanks to all the 
local families who came to support us.

“ Sponsor money is still coming in but we hope to smash our previous total of £20,000 raised last year.”

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 at their Lancaster and Kendal centres. For more information about CancerCare and to view the StarWalk event photo gallery visit www.cancercare.org.uk. Follow CancerCare on Twitter @CancerCareLocal.