Cancer Research UK’s 10k Twilight Walk in Inverurie saw 550 people join forces to support the charity.
By the end of the evening an incredible £29,000 had been raised for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work, with more money still to come in.
Angie Shearer, one of the event organisers, said: “Every year we are humbled by the numbers who take part in the walk.
“Everyone’s time is so precious and after a busy week at work, school or university, hundreds of people chose to give their time to help raise money for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work; we are extremely grateful for that.
“We were lucky with the weather and the spirit and atmosphere on the night was fantastic.
“The team effort of all the participants, volunteers, the Garioch Sports Centre, the Fennel, and our sponsors (Platinum Sponsor J.G Ross who also donated cupcakes for participants and volunteers and raised over £100 by selling Twilight Walk cupcakes in the lead up to the evening, Silver Sponsor Denholm MacNamee Ltd and Bronze Sponsor Huntly Vehicle Care Centre) is incredible.
“Together, we will bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”
Fiona Harvey from Cancer Research UK said: “We have an ambitious new strategy – the goal is to double the rate of progress and increase 10 year survival rates from 2 in 4 to at least 3 in 4 in the next 20 years.
“We get no Government funding, so the money raised from events like the Twilight Walk really does make a difference.”
The evening kicked off with speeches from Angie Shearer, Fiona Harvey (CRUK) and Graeme Ross (J.G Ross Sponsor).
A raffle was held and two participants were lucky enough to win JG Ross award-winning goodies and a wine/chocolate hamper.
Lynne Naysmith got everyone geared up for the walk with a fantastic warm up and the walkers got underway at 10pm.
The Fennel very generously donated small tipples of prosecco just over half way round the route, which was very well received.
On their return, volunteer Alan Shearer entertained participants with some live music as they enjoyed refreshments and JG Ross cupcakes.
Graeme Ross said: “The Twilight Walk is a fantastic example of how the local community can come together and raise a fantastic sum of money for a very deserving cause in a relaxed and fun way.
“As a local business we were proud to be Platinum Sponsor again. Angie and all involved in organising the Twilight Walk do a tremendous job and it is a privilege to be able to work with them.”
Freelance photographer Paul Douglas was on hand to capture the action and his pictures are featured in our slideshow, created for your viewing pleasure by community hub deputy editor Julie Currie.