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Step into Summer will offer everyone a chance to celebrate the end of lockdown by getting together to have fun with friends and family while raising funds for a great cause. A six-mile stroll along the Mersey waterfront, it starts and ends at the Pier Head, with stunning views of the sun setting over the river.
What better way to get those legs and feet moving than a warm-up session led by the legendary Mr Motivator, aka Derrick Evans MBE? The super-fit 68-year-old first found fame in the 1990s on the UK breakfast television channel GMTV, with his high energy workouts and colourful costumes. He was awarded the MBE last year after helping the nation stay fit and cheerful during lockdown with his appearances on the BBC’s UK HealthCheck Live.
Now his infectious enthusiasm and motivational mojo will add to the party atmosphere of Step into Summer.
The fun-packed event starts at 6.30 on Friday 30 July. There will be food and drink giveaways and a chance to get your party face on courtesy of a festival make-up artist at the charity village. The Katumba Samba Band and Viva Brazil dance troupe will be firing up the fiesta feeling. Then, as start time approaches, Mr Motivator and Britain’s Got Talent dance stars MD Creatives will lead walkers through a warm-up routine to stretch their legs and get their feet moving, with musicians and dancers keeping the groove going along the route.
It’s an upbeat event, certainly, but there’s also a vital purpose behind the evening’s activities. Everyone who enters is taking a step towards a world where no one dies of lung cancer.
Pat Tollady of Bebbington, Wirral, knows the reality of facing lung cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2015, but fortunately, it was spotted at an early stage, and she was able to have surgery. Six years later, Pat remains cancer-free. She and her family are determined to do all they can to help the charity, and they will be taking part in this year’s walk.
Pat said: ‘’We’re right behind Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and the amazing work they do. I just want everyone diagnosed with lung cancer to have the same chance as I had. We’ll all be there for Step into Summer. We can’t wait!’’
She is sharing her story to promote the charity’s latest awareness campaign, ‘’Spot the Difference’’, to help others recognise the subtle early symptoms of the disease and act quickly so they can be diagnosed early, just as Pat was.
‘We’ve worked hard to make this year’s Step into Summer something really special, so huge thanks to Mr Motivator, MD Creatives and all the entertainers, dancers and musicians taking part. We think it’s a wonderful way to bring people together, enjoy a great night out, and do something really worthwhile.
’Lung cancer has never been a ‘fashionable’ cause, but prior to the pandemic we were at last seeing some real momentum in terms of better survival rates, new treatments and the roll-out of lung health checks that to improve early detection of the disease.
‘’But then COVID-19 hit, and lung cancer referral rates plunged by 75%, and they remain significantly below expected levels. Thousands of people are missing out on the kind of early diagnosis and treatment that Pat was able to have. We’ve got our work cut out, so now’s the time for us all to pull together to restore that momentum.
‘’We’d love to see people right across Merseyside turn out for Step into Summer, to have fun, enjoy walking alongside the world’s greatest river, and above all, to help us save lives. Step into Summer is a great way to re-connect with friends and family after such a long time apart. So, big smiles everyone – and best foot forward as we all Step into Summer together!’’
When you register at www.roycastle.org/stepintosummer you will receive an official event t-shirt, a customisable walker card for your shirt, entry to the Charity Village at the Pier Head with food and entertainment, and a special Step into Summer medal.
Even if you don’t feel up to walking six miles you can still join in the fun as the charity is looking for volunteers to help along the route and at the Pier Head Charity Village.
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