Cardiff will be illuminated on Friday 7 October in aid of Cancer Research UK

The charity’s Shine Night Walk, which is returning to the city after the success of the first event last year, will take place this Friday.

Participants can choose to raise money for the area of life-saving research closest to their hearts. This includes research into prostate cancer, breast cancer, bowel cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, brain tumours, children’s cancers and leukaemia. Or they can simply give their backing to Cancer Research UK’s overall work.

Cardiff is one of just 19 locations across the UK selected to host a Shine Night Walk in 2022. The event will start at Cardiff Castle at 7.30pm, when participants will take to the city’s streets in a fun and inspirational parade of light that – stride by stride – will help the charity get closer to beating cancer.

Passing some of Cardiff’s famous landmarks the route will pass the Principality Stadium, Wales Millennium Centre, The Norwegian Church, the Senedd, The National Museum of Wales and other sights of the nation’s capital.

In Wales, around 19,600 people are diagnosed with cancer each year.* But, thanks to research, more people than ever across the UK are surviving for 10 years or more.

2022 marks 20 years since Cancer Research UK was formed and, in celebration, the charity is paying tribute to its supporters for the part they have played in this progress.

Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Wales, Emma Howell, said:

“Every day we see the benefits of research we’ve previously funded being realised, helping people live longer and healthier lives. So, as we mark our 20th anniversary, we want to put our supporters in Wales in the spotlight and say a heartfelt thank you for their incredible commitment to events like Shine Night Walk.

One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime, and so we will never stop striving to create better treatments for tomorrow. That’s why we need everyone to play their part – for one night on 7 October the city’s streets are ours and we’re going to make it a night to remember.”

Supporters of all abilities can take part in the Shine Night Walk.  10k is just over 6 miles and takes between 1.5 to 3 hours to complete. Participants can go at their own pace, from a leisurely stroll to a lively stride or a full-on power walk passing the city’s well-loved landmarks.

Cardiff is home to the Centre for Trials Research Cancer Unit, which delivers innovative and practice-changing clinical research. This impacts the care and outcomes for cancer patients in the UK and across the world. Last year Cancer Research UK was able to spend over £4 million in Wales on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. Research happening right now in Cardiff includes personalising treatment for myeloma; working with other charities to help people stop smoking and reduce health inequalities; finding new ways to detect pancreatic cancer as early as possible; and using viruses to kill cancer.