TEN thousand people shone a beacon of hope in the fight against cancer by taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Shine event.
Walkers, waved off by The Only Way is Essex, star Gemma Collins, completed the night-time full or half-marathon route around the city in a spectacular array of lights, luminous clothes and glow-in-the-dark accessories. One of those there on the night was Ann Sandeman, from Hastings, who is currently in treatment for her third bout of cancer.
Ann, who attended with her three children, Hannah, eight, Emma, six and Ben, four, underwent a mastectomy two weeks ago so was not able to take part. She spoke to the walkers from the stage and sounded the horn to start the event.
Ann, 41, said: “I felt very honoured to be asked to speak in front of 10,000 people. I just wanted to tell them what they were doing was really important for me and people like me who need treatment now and others who will need it in the future.”