Jane encourages people to raise money for people with cancer and get a night of culture on the sofa

Cancer charity Maggie’s is calling on people to raise funds and enjoy an exclusive night of entertainment from their own home featuring celebs, entertainers and amazing buildings. Including an exclusive performance from Rick Astley.

The charity normally asks people to take part in their annual Liverpool Culture Crawl – a sponsored walk with access to hidden cultural gems across the city centre to raise funds – but due to social distancing a different approach had to be taken this year.

Maggie’s Centre visitor Jane has taken part in previous years, Jane says “Maggie’s Merseyside had just opened as I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. I found myself unceremoniously catapulted into a world that was terrifying and alien to me. Thank goodness Maggie’s were there to help me navigate my way through. As soon as I could, I started fundraising for Maggie’s as I wanted others to be able to experience the tremendous support that they provide. When my cancer returned last year and developed into Metastatic breast cancer, Maggie’s were there for me, once again, whilst I underwent palliative chemotherapy to slow down the cancer. Even during lockdown, they continued to be there, and I am so pleased I’ve recently been able to visit the centre and speak to people face to face again, albeit at a distance.
One of the most enjoyable ways I have raised funds was being part of a fabulous team of friends and taking on the amazing Culture Crawl. This year finds the culture crawl even more of a challenge and requires some creativity. Due to my cancer progressing I was worried I wouldn’t be able to take part and despite it being a great shame it can’t take place as usual, having it virtually now means I don’t feel left out as nobody will be taking part in the group walk.
Since last year my health has taken a further hit and I’m really hoping someone can slow the clock down, it’s going too fast. That said I am still determined to continue to raise funds for the new centre and be there for the opening.
The best way to describe being told you’ve got cancer is that somebody kidnaps you, takes you away and drops you in another country. You’ve got no map, you don’t understand the language and somehow you’ve got to try to find your way home. Maggie’s helps you do that. So please join me in signing up for the Culture Crawl and help others living with cancer.”
Supporters are being asked to raise funds between now and September 25th – by running, walking, cycling, baking or in any other way imaginable – to gain access to an exclusive Virtual Culture Crawl featuring celebrities including music and short films from incredibly cultural venues across the UK and abroad, to be enjoyed with the family from the sofa.

To find out more, register and check out some fundraising ideas please follow this link : culturecrawl.maggies.org

Maggie’s Merseyside Centre Head Kathy Wright said: “We all know how life has been impacted by the coronavirus this year and it is still a particularly difficult time for those living with cancer, so we are asking people to help them get the support they need by signing up to our Virtual Culture Crawl. It is really easy, just decide how you want to fundraise, register and raise vital funds by Friday 25th September. You will gain access to an exclusive evening of culture to enjoy from the comfort of your own home – who could resist a night of fun from home?”

People living with cancer need Maggie’s Merseyside psychological and emotional support now more than ever. The last few months have been incredibly traumatic for people living with cancer with delays and uncertainty over treatment contributing to a huge rise in fear, stress and anxiety.”

Maggie’s is here for people with cancer, as well as family and friends. For support simply call 01513344301, email liverpool@maggiescentres.org or pop into see Maggie’s professional staff in the warm, welcoming centre in the grounds of Clatterbridge Health park.

Share photos of your fundraising events using the hashtag #CultureCrawl