A FUNDRAISING walk for the Rosemere Foundation cancer charity is going virtual this year, due to the pandemic.

The now-annual 'Walk in the Dark' event usually takes place towards the end of April.

This year, however, participants will be able to go down a walking route of their choice anytime between Saturday, August 15 and Saturday, September 12.

For more than a decade, the charity has held a carnival-esque, night-time 11-mile trek along the A6 as one of its major annual fundraising activities.

Consultant plastic surgeon, Dr Jeyaram Srinivasan, is a long-time advocate of the physical and mental health benefits of taking a countryside walk. He is now partnering with charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation to encourage South Cumbria residents to sign up to the adapted event. Registration is £10 with children U12 able to sign up for free.

Dr Srinivasan said: "We are very fortunate in that we have some beautiful countryside on our doorstep.

"Sometimes, to get out and enjoy it, we just need a little motivation and I hope supporting Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s Walk in the Dark Goes Virtual is all the encouragement that’s needed."