Penshaw Monument glows gold

Penshaw Monument near Herrington Country Park in Sunderland will glow gold between the 5 - 12 September as part of Glow Gold September – raising awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Penshaw Monument glows gold

Karen McCaffrey, from Sunderland, is one of the parents involved in the campaign. Her daughter Beth was just four-years-old when she was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Karen said: "When Beth was diagnosed it was a massive shock, because she didn’t really seem to have any symptoms.

“We’d just come back from holiday and she had been fine.

“She’d had a bad leg, which had started that morning when I dropped her off at nursery.

“When the GP heard, she was sent straight to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

“Luckily the condition had been caught fairly early, but treatment still hit the family hard.

“Beth had to have chemotherapy and steroid treatment for just over two years.

“Now nine years old Beth is happy and healthy and like any other young girl her age, thinking she’s 16!”


Karen and her family were supported by CLIC Sargent Social Worker Michelle at the Royal Victoria Infirmary when Beth was ill.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Dee Tyler said: “I am completely in awe of what the Glow Gold September campaign team have achieved, all on a volunteer basis.

“They have recruited venues from far and wide including the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle to Los Angeles Airport in America.

“They should be so proud of everything they have achieved.”

Find out more

To find out how you could organise your own event to help to support CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Dee Tyler on 07767 621 705 or email: