A TEACHER who lost her mum to cancer is calling on people to take part in the Shine Night Walk following its successful debut last year.

The night-time walking event for

Cancer Research UK

takes place in York and sees some of the city’s famous landmarks such as York Minster, the Shambles and Clifford’s Tower, lit up at night.

Last year the Shine starter horn was sounded by Emily Wilson, 27, a Newcastle teacher, whose mum Amanda Wilson died of cancer in December 2016 at just 56 years old.

Ms Wilson is calling on people to unite again this year for the 10k walking event to raise money for life-saving research.

The Northern Echo:

Emily Wilson with her mum Amanda

Recalling the shock of her mum's diagnosis after she initially went into remission, Ms Wilson said: “None of us saw it coming.

"We had put cancer behind us and were getting on with life and then this diagnosis came from nowhere.

"But mum being mum took it all in her stride and remained positive.”

Ms Wilson added: “The most important thing to me is that we find cures for all cancers so people don’t have to die from it anymore."

The Shine Night Walk starts in Rowntree Park at 7.30pm on Friday, October 4 and participants can enter by registering online via