Every autumn, members of the Knights of St Columba in south Liverpool embark on a major fundraising effort in the form of the annual Steve Dooley memorial sponsored walk.
Last year – as the adjacent photo recalls – the walk raised around £10,000 through the generosity of sponsors, supporters and match funding by Barclays Bank for the Zoe's Place baby hospice. This time around the walk on 25 September took place to raise money for CHICS, the Children's Cancer Support Group.
CHICS was formed by a group of parents in 1986 to provide support and self-help for parents of children with cancer across Merseyside, north Wales and the surrounding areas. This is the area covered by the regional children's cancer treatment centre based at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. This small group of parents realised they were not alone in their desire to share their experiences, problems and emotions with others in a similar situation.
CHICS does not claim to compete with the excellent care, advice and information given by the hospital but aims to complement it wherever possible. The charity is managed on a voluntary basis by parents, relatives and friends of children with cancer, with the backing of the hospital and two paid staff funded by CHICS. It is heavily dependent on donations and fundraising activity.
This is an extremely worthy cause and the KSC will hope to match, if not exceed, last year's total raised. With the kind permission of parish priests in south Liverpool, sponsorship envelopes were given out at churches at weekend Masses leading up to the walk on 25 September and were collected after Masses in the week ending 1–2 October. We offer our thanks and appreciation to all for their support of this worthy cause.
For more information about CHICS, visit www.chics.org.uk or call Eddie Hicks on 0151 523 8886.