Debate over axing of Shine walk

First published in News

NEWS that a cancer charity has axed a fundraising walk even though it raised £600,000 has sparked a fierce debate at theboltonnews.co.uk.

Dozens of people from Bolton took part in the night-time marathon Shine which took place at Old Trafford to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.

Bosses from the charity made the decision to scrap the event because the sum raised was dwarfed by the £2.6 million generated by an identical walk in London. Organisers said it had been a “tough decision” but that attention would now be switched to the south.

Several people criticised the move, but others welcomed it as they believed more money would go to local good causes.

Bolton News reader Jean Rostron wrote on Facebook: "Sorry — people from the area will not travel to London. It would cost too much. Think you will find people feel they shouldn’t support the charity now. It's an insult."

Marzi30 wrote on theboltonnews.co.uk: “Well if they can turn their nose up at a paltry £600,000, I call it greed.”

Undetectableman said: “This just does not make sense. So they are writing off £600,000 whichever way you look at it. The total income could be £3.2 million rather than just £2.6m.”

Wsw69 added: “Absolutely disgraceful. A 'paltry' £600,000 just thrown away like that. This shows corporate greed at its worst, not to mention throwing it all back in the face of local people.”

But Lanchester said: “To those who would have supported ‘Shine’, please consider giving your support to the Midnight Memories Walk for Bolton Hospice in June, I’m pretty sure they could put £600,000 to very good use.”

Rememberscarborough wrote: “Personally, I doubt London has enough money to double its contribution and I hope the Bolton Hospice benefits from the move.”

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2:12pm Thu 10 Jan 13

wild one says...

Disgusting Attitude.
Disgusting Attitude. wild one
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6:52pm Thu 10 Jan 13

wsw69 says...

Are they in cloud cuckoo land or what? Of course London will dwarf the amount raised from the Bolton event. London is 6,3000 square miles with a poulation of 7 million, and piddly old Bolton is a mere 54 square miles with a population of 154,000.

It's a no brainer, as are the organisers - brainless.
Are they in cloud cuckoo land or what? Of course London will dwarf the amount raised from the Bolton event. London is 6,3000 square miles with a poulation of 7 million, and piddly old Bolton is a mere 54 square miles with a population of 154,000. It's a no brainer, as are the organisers - brainless. wsw69
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8:17am Fri 11 Jan 13

piszoff says...

No debate, give money to Bolton Area end of. Cancer Research UK who are they?
No debate, give money to Bolton Area end of. Cancer Research UK who are they? piszoff
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10:55am Fri 11 Jan 13

Alice Atkinson says...

As the Fundraising Manager at Bolton Hospice I’d like to say that we would be delighted for anyone disappointed at the cancellation of Shine to join us for our 8 mile Midnight Memories Walk on Saturday 15th June in Bolton. Our walk raised an amazing £135,000 for local people facing life limiting illnesses last year and we are truly grateful for every penny raised by our wonderful walkers. We need to raise £2.5 million a year to keep providing our services so if you are able to help us by joining the walk please email us at fundraising@boltonho
spice.org to be the first to hear when registration opens and get the early bird discounted registration fee!
As the Fundraising Manager at Bolton Hospice I’d like to say that we would be delighted for anyone disappointed at the cancellation of Shine to join us for our 8 mile Midnight Memories Walk on Saturday 15th June in Bolton. Our walk raised an amazing £135,000 for local people facing life limiting illnesses last year and we are truly grateful for every penny raised by our wonderful walkers. We need to raise £2.5 million a year to keep providing our services so if you are able to help us by joining the walk please email us at fundraising@boltonho spice.org to be the first to hear when registration opens and get the early bird discounted registration fee! Alice Atkinson
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