Night-time 10K walk to Shine a light on cancer
HUNDREDS of Glaswegians are preparing for special night-time stroll to raise money for charity.
Shine Glasgow, in aid of Cancer Research, will see the group take on a 10k tour around the city.
Ben Dale is one of many who will be walking through the night with three of his colleagues from the Cancer Research shop on Queen Street.
Like many others, the 37-yearold is no stranger to t he life-changing disease.
After visiting one of the charity’s pioneering screening centres, his mother Susi Dale was diagnosed with breast cancer.
He explains: “She was diagnosed through a screening process, they found a lump and they were really amazingly quick in treating her and getting her in for radiotherapy.
“It’s only because of the screening programme that it was caught early on that she is still with us.
“I’ve also lost my grandad to it and some friends.
“It’s great just to know that there are people out there who are fighting to help people through it and it’s such a cruel disease that affects every family. You’re hard pushed to find someone who doesn’t know someone who has gone through it.
“If me working for Cancer Research and helping raise money means one less family has to go through what I’ve been through, that’s an amazing thing.”
Those taking part in Shine Glasgow are able to choose which type of cancer they would like to raise money to combat.
The route, which starts at the Scottish Event Campus, will take participants on a tour of the city’s most famous sights, including the SSE Hydro, King’s Theatre, Gallery of Modern Art and George Square.
Having taken part in the unique event in 2011, Ben is looking forward do another ‘amazing experience’.
“It’s so different to doing other sorts of events – to do it through the night”, he explains.
“People are always quite hesitant to take part in the events but there’s so much love and support out there – you’re never alone.”
Ben Dale, above right with friend Fraser Lyons, will be taking on the Shine walk. Ben fundraises for the charity after his mother, Susi, below, was diagnosed with breast cancer Picture: Colin Mearns