Night under stars on Snaefell for breast cancer

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Snaefell was turned pink on Saturday for one of Breakthrough Breast Cancer 
Isle of Man’s most ambitious challenges to date.

More than 200 volunteers came together to form a huge giant pink ribbon that has come to symbolise the work of breast cancer charities.

In the evening, a Midsummer Nights party was held at the Snaefell Summit Restaurant, before 56 volunteers who had walked to the top, slept out under the stars with just sleeping bags for protection.

Breakthrough’s island chairman Angie Aire said: ‘Thousands of pounds will be gathered from sponsorship now the event has been achieved, which will be shared between Breakthrough Breast Cancer Isle of Man and the new Noble’s Breast Unit, without which our dedicated research could not reach our breast cancer patients, past, present and future.’

Families turned out for the island’s first human ribbon event, with John Kearney of Manx Elevated Photos taking pictures and filming the event from the air.

People made a donation to hand the name of a loved one on a seven-foot driftwood Tree of Life, donated by Bill Dale of Beach Buddies.

Party guests took the tram to the summit, entertained on the way by Dickie Kelly. At the top they enjoyed dinner, with entertainment from Steph and Eamon.

Sleepover volunteers travelled by open top bus to the Bungalow, where they walked up the mountain and into the mist before having their dinner.

After waving off the party guests, the sleepovers headed out to where they spent the night.

Angie said: ‘Mannanan’s cloak had gathered around, so it was straight into your sleeping bag ASAP and get your head down.

‘Lots of high spirits, chattering and giggles could be heard through the quiet of the night and a magnificent moon glowed golden.

‘At around 4am-5am the mist shifted to reveal a fantastic sunrise that was equal to many sunrises we have enjoyed across the world on various mountains, and our cameras were snapping this joyous sight.’

She added: ‘Would we do it again? Of course we would.

‘Our sleepover fundraisers are already asking what Breakthrough’s next exciting event will be, so watch this space.

‘However this week we are all taking a well earned rest and some much needed sleep before we decide.’

She thanked everyone who made the event possible, including main sponsor Swagelok, the Civil Defence, Dave and Jane Woodiwiss of Snaefell Summit Restaurant, DEFA and MER.




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