Right on creepy cue, the ‘Spooky Welly Walk’ will return to Liverpool’s Sefton Park to get the spectral season off to a fearsome start.
As ever, the whole family is invited to dress up in their scariest styles for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’s ‘Spooky Welly Walk’ on Saturday 19 October.
This year, the charity event features even more ‘spectre-tacular’ side-shows and awesome attractions to bewitch even the most demanding little monsters, including such favourites as yucky dip, spooky storytelling and creepy crafts.
This year, we will also be joined by a number of local businesses. Airborn Academy will be showcasing scream-tastic flips, spins and gymnastics skills, Chester Zoo is bringing its Dare to Touch and Guess the Animal fur games and Regatta have some tasty treats – bbq bamboo worms anyone?!
There’ll be treats and prizes to be won at the side-shows and stalls along the route and every child who finishes the ‘Spooky Welly Walk’ will receive a medal.
All in all, it promises to be a terrific day out, and all in aid of a great cause. Proceeds will help Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation find more ways to diagnosis and treat lung cancer earlier, and to support people living with it.
Jenny Lloyd, who is co-ordinating the event, said: “Spooky Welly Walk is one of our highlights of the year.
“It’s always a great way to spend an afternoon – all the family, together, dressed up in their best spooky costumes, strolling through the park and having fun at all the stalls. And of course, it all helps us with the work we do, funding scientific research and supporting people affected by lung cancer”.
Proceeds from the Spooky Welly Walk will help the charity to tackle something far more threatening than the wonkiest witch or venerable vampire.
Now, 25 years after the death of Roy Castle, the television presenter, actor, musician and Record Breaker who did so much in his final months to raise funds to build the world’s first research centre dedicated to lung cancer, the disease remains the UK’s biggest cancer killer. It claims the lives of around 36,000 people every year – more than the total killed by breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers combined.
The charity is proud of its roots here in Liverpool, but has taken to the national stage, campaigning for the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places, funding the first dedicated lung cancer nurse specialist and, more recently, saving lives with its lung health check pilot projects.
This year, 14 similar schemes in ten locations across England have been rolled out by NHS England, and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation hopes this will a step towards a full-on national screening programme. That’s why the Spooky Welly Walk is not only plenty of fun, it’s also a step in the right direction.
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