Maggie's Culture Crawl at The Whitworth / by Lucy Burscough

I have had my first taste of some of the fantastic fund-raising activities that keep Maggie's Centre Manchester up and running when I was asked by The Whitworth to be involved in the Maggie's Culture Crawl 2017. The event was a 10km walk from the Maggie's Centre to Manchester town centre, stopping along the way at some of the city's top cultural attractions. A really fun night with giving back to Maggie's at its heart.

The walkers arrived at The Whitworth after a send off at Maggie's which included a choir, brass band and motor-bike cavalcade followed by stops at the Gallery of Costume and nibbles in Rusholme. Earlier in the evening The Whitworth celebrated the opening of an exhibition of artworks by the Raqs Media Collective entitled 'Twilight Language'.  The culture crawlers were given printing plates to emboss with drawings inspired by the exhibition in preparation for block-printing. Delivering hands-on arts for health activities for the 270 walkers who eventually signed up for the culture crawl was a little daunting but some military-style planning and the help of Maggie's staff and volunteers helped the workshop to be a great, if crowded, success!