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‘Macmillan Mile’ walking events for people living with cancer return to Merseyside

Anyone affected by cancer is being invited to take part in a ‘Macmillan Mile’ walk which return to Merseyside next month to raise awareness of the charity’s local services.

Macmillan Cancer Support is staging two one-mile walks in Crosby and Birkenhead, which are completely free and open to all ages and abilities. The two evening events also aim to highlight the benefits of exercise before, during and after treatment for cancer.

People living with cancer are encouraged to bring along their carers, family and friends to walk, jog or run the route. And although the Macmillan Mile is not a fundraising event, people can still make donations to the fundraising team on the day.

Details of the Macmillan Mile events:

Tuesday, 9th July

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Crosby Coastal Park, Cambridge Road, Waterloo, L22 1RR

Starts at 6pm

Thursday,11th July

Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre, Park Drive, Birkenhead, CH41 8AU

Starts at 6pm

There will also be live music at both events, from SingMe Choir at Crosby and a band called Late Arrival at Birkenhead, refreshments provided by Asda and Macmillan Cancer Support information stalls.

And, at the Crosby event, 11-year-old Mac Mulvey, whose mum Tanya is the Macmillan Information and Support Centre Manager in Southport, will also ‘Brave the Shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Support. Mac, a pupil at St Luke’s Primary School in Formby, will undergo the ‘hair-raising’ challenge to try and raise vital funds for local people living with cancer.

Lucy Holmes, Macmillan Community Wellbeing Project Manager, who has organised the events, said: “Most walking or running events are for a minimum of 5k, which can be unachievable for most people going through cancer treatment, but also for those with other health and mobility conditions.

“The aim of the ‘Macmillan Mile’ is to give people a great sense of achievement of completing a challenge, especially when they have gone through the tough times of a cancer diagnosis. It also allows people living with cancer to keep active and feel part of something bigger than their illness.”

The first Macmillan Mile was held in Southport in 2017, which saw more than 200 people take part and raised over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year’s Macmillan Mile was held in Birkenhead and achieved similar figures.

Lucy added: “The Macmillan Mile events also aim to raise awareness of the fantastic support that’s available from Macmillan for people living with cancer right across Merseyside, not just in hospital or clinical settings but also in the local community. So why not come along to this family-friendly event and see for yourselves that whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.”

To book a place, or for further information, contact:

Or for information, support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk