Aug 21 2015

Maggies Culture Crawl 18th Sept


Maggie’s, the charity which provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends, is delighted to announce that following 10 successful years in London, their big fundraising event, Maggie’s Culture Crawl is coming to Newcastle.

Part night-walk, part cultural adventure Maggie’s Culture Crawl Newcastle is inspired by the architectural design and programme of support so integral to Maggie’s, as walkers get the chance to explore Newcastle discovering cultural, architectural and artistic delights along the way.

The event is taking place across the city centre on Friday September 18, and will take in eight miles of the city including Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside, Victoria Tunnel and the beautiful parks through Jesmond Dene, all whilst raising as much money as possible for Maggie’s Newcastle to continue to support people with cancer and their family and friends.

Kelly Knighting-Wykes, Centre Fundraising Manager at Maggie’s Newcastle said:  “After ten years of spectacular events in London it’s wonderful to have a Maggie’s Culture Crawl taking place right here, taking in the sights and cultural gems of Newcastle. As a charity Maggie’s Newcastle relies on donations to continue to develop our unique, high quality programme of support. I really hope the local community gets behind the event to help us support as many people affected by cancer, as well as their family and friends, across the region.”

Registration for the event is £25 and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100, a fundraising pack full of ideas to make sure each walker reaches their target will be available from the Maggie’s Centre or online.

Taking part in the event is 30-year-old Laura Tokell, who is walking with friends and family.

Laura is a regular Centre visitor, and jumped at the chance to take part in the first Newcastle Culture Crawl after seeing the event in London last year.

The mum of one was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in June 2014, and used Maggie’s to escape the hustle and bustle of the hospital when having her treatment.

She said: “I started using the Centre after my first chemo session back in July last year – it was great to be able pop in with family and friends and escape the hustle and bustle of the hospital.

“Although I mainly call in just to get away, I have also been able to take advantage of the other areas of support Maggie’s offer including benefit advice and emotional support.

“The centre has definitely made my journey over the last 12 months far easier.”

Laura, from Gosforth added: “Last year when I was in the Centre I noticed the Culture Crawl for London which I thought looked a great way to raise money for Maggie’s.

“This year with it being here in Newcastle it means that I can take part and raise money with friends and family.

“It looks and sounds as though this will be an exciting event and I am proud to be involved.”

To find out more about Maggie’s Culture Crawl Newcastle, to register to take part and to order a fundraising pack please visit https://www.maggiescentres.org/culturecrawl/find-event/culture-crawl-newcastle/ or get in touch with Hayley Revell on 0191 233 6605 or email hayleyr@maggiescentres.org.

Maggie’s Newcastle has been providing support for people with cancer and their family and friends, across the North East and Cumbria for two years.  The Centre, designed by Ted Cullinan was opened in May 2013 by Patron Sarah Brown


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