Charity hosts sleepover on top of Snaefell

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Breakthrough Breast Cancer has unveiled plans for a sleep-over on Snaefell’s summit as part of a major fundraising event.

The event takes place on Saturday, June 14, with funds raised being split between the new breast unit planned for Noble’s Hospital and the charity’s work.

Breakthrough trustee Jan Brooks said: ‘We have worked out a way in which we can support the new unit as well as continuing to fund new treatments and research. We feel both research and local initiatives are very important to all breast cancer patients.’

The event will start in the daytime, when the whole family can walk up the mountain to form a huge pink ribbon, the symbol of the fight against breast cancer, which will be filmed and photographed from the air. Then participants are invited to climb to the summit and place a ribbon on the Tree of Life, in memory of a loved one.

In the evening, there will be a Midsummer Night’s party on the summit. Those taking part can travel on the tram from Douglas and then enjoy supper at the summit with music.

Then, the big challenge is the summit sleepover.

Participants (must be aged over 18 and register online) will bring their sleeping bag, a warm jacket and sturdy boots for a night under the stars. No tents are allowed.

All that’s asked is everyone who takes part raises at least £250. Guidance can be given on how to raise funds. Participants will be prepared for their night out – what to expect, what will be provided and safety guidance.

Swagelok is sponsoring the event. General manager Dave Hester said:‘Swagelok has a long history of charitable giving and we’re always very proud to support the fabulous work done by Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

‘We were particularly delighted this year to have the opportunity to sponsor the Snaefell Summit Sleepover – it’s such a unique event and we’re very much looking forward to getting involved.’

Breakthrough thanked Swagelok, Civil Defence, and the government departments for their support.

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