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Following a petition, signed by thousands of local people, both Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council agreed to name one of Ben’s favourite running routes after him.
On Sunday afternoon over 150 people attended the unveiling ceremony at the entrance to Miller Park. The route covers 2.5KM of the Guild Wheel, a favorite running ground for Ben.
A year on from Ben Ashworth’s death a section of his favourite running route is to be named in his honour.
Ben who died at the age of 38 from bowel cancer was a relentless campaigner for bowel cancer and also helped to raise thousands of pounds for Rosemere. Given a diagnosis of just months to live he went on to run many marathons and much more during the years since diagnosis.
Hard hats gave way to some hard thinking when staff from construction company Morgan Sindall, currently on site at Barrow’s BAE Systems, organised and hosted a charity quiz night, which with the company’s match funding, helped to raise nearly £3,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Staff from BAE Systems plus those from local supply firms were also among the 30 teams taking part, which equated to 120 individuals putting themselves to the test for the charity. The event also had a fundraising raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.
Over 450 people donned their brightest clothing, illuminated ears and even flashing shoe laces to walk from Chorley hospital to Preston hospital last Saturday night. In spite of it being a chilly night there was a fantastic atmosphere and after a warm up session all were ready to tackle the walk of over 11 miles.
Thanks to the volunteers of St Saviour's church in Bamber Bridge refreshments were provided to take the walkers onto the second half of the walk encouraged by the thought of bacon butties and a brew at Preston hospital.
Thanks to all volunteers especially our marshals form Leyland Masons and also the stafff at Charters restaurant who served up the bacon butties.
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