SHOPS and businesses in Leigh have been going gold this September to raise funds and increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer for childhood cancer awareness month.
Gold Geese, based in Leigh, provides practical and emotional support to families of children and young people fighting cancer in the Southend and Basildon areas, and has for eight years been promoting the awareness month.
Now in its eight year, Go Gold 2023 kicked off with a special convoy of ten gold and yellow cars which took a tour of the streets of Leigh, with passers-by waving in delight and other drivers tooting their horns in support.
Last year Gold Geese also collaborated with railway company c2c to launch a gold train emblazoned with geese and its motto ‘We Fly Together’, in order to reach thousands more people in the local area with its message.
The train is still in operation and is now a well-known sight on the line between Shoeburyness and Fenchurch Street, with photos frequently shared on social media by commuters and visitors to the area.
Katie Southgate, founder of Gold Geese, said: “Our annual Go Gold campaign is a brilliant way to show your support for local children living with cancer.
“You can help us by Going Gold at school or work by wearing yellow or gold for the day, holding a bake sale or helping us raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer.
“We rely on community support and fundraising to do our work and receive no Government funding, so every little bit helps.”
For support, information or to donate visit: goldgeese.org.
Picture: Katie Southgate with gold train, Pic: Mia Davies Photography.
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