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In Pictures: Stormont walkers go distance for Marie Curie

Almost 1,000 keen power walkers gathered together at Stormont last night to celebrate cancer charity Marie Curie.

The 10k walk was in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses, who have worked tirelessly to help the terminally ill.

Dressed in bright yellow t-shirts with the charity logo emblazoned on them, hundreds of walkers strolled up the iconic road leading into the Stormont Estate — the scene of many historical political events in Northern Ireland’s chequered past.

Aside from the walk, those who turned up were treated to entertainment from Citybeat DJ, Mark Lima, as well as live music with Dave Martin.

Young and old from all walks of life were also getting involved in face painting — along with exercise workouts ahead of their 10k march.

The event was organised for the charity Marie Curie Cancer Care, which provides high-quality nursing free, to give terminally ill patients the choice of dying at home, supported by their families.

Around 40% of people will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime and every year cancer claims the lives of 150,000 people in the UK.

The night was capped off with the lighting of a giant daffodil, the charity’s symbol, after a speech from one of the nurses involved.

Marie Curie spokeswoman, Cheryl Cunningham said the event had turned out “very well” with the money raised expected to top the £70,000 mark.

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