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Steve’s Superhero Walk

Longstanding legend at AEW, Steve Burne was diagnosed with cancer in May 2017 which was confirmed as terminal in October. This is a reminder that time is most precious.

In addition to Steve’s role at AEW, he has been closely involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities for 15 years and acted as Chair of the Manchester House Board of Governors since it opened 5 years ago. The Ronald McDonald House in Manchester supports families whose children are undergoing treatment at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital or St Mary’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The 60 bedroom House provides a free, welcoming place to stay. Each bedroom can accommodate up to four people and the House has communal living areas such as kitchens, playrooms and a garden. House staff are on hand to offer a listening ear and organise activities so families can take some time away from the hospital, to gather strength, but still be close to their child.

Steve’s experience as Chair of Ronald McDonald House in Manchester, the love for his own family and understanding of the pressures and stress through illness has resulted in a new resolve: an aim to raise £250,000 to convert three spaces in the Manchester House into larger 6 person family rooms and to do it in his lifetime. The rooms will be named in Steve’s honour.

Legend at work, Steve is more accurately described as a SUPERHERO by his youngest son, Seb.

We invite all colleagues, friends, associates and their families to join us  on STEVE’S SUPERHERO WALK with Steve, his sons Daniel, Adam, Seb and his family, from AEW’s office to Ronald McDonald House Manchester, on Sunday 18th February, in aid of the Steve Burne Rooms at Ronald McDonald House.

The route is personal to Steve and totals 2.5 miles – achievable for us all. Please gather outside Zenith Buildings, Spring Gardens from 1.15pm for a prompt 2.00pm start. The route will be clearly way marked by fancy dress superhero’s and set out on a kid’s activity map. Fully completed activity maps will receive a prize.

Refreshments and family entertainment will be provided at Ronald McDonald House at the end of the walk with an opportunity for House tours.

This is aimed at families as inclusive fun for all so please feel free to dress up as your favourite superhero for a chance to win additional prizes on the day!

We recommend a minimum £25 donation per family, although this is discretionary. £25 is a special threshold for Ronald McDonald House Charities as it represents the cost of one nights accommodation per family room. There is no a fixed donation and we encourage everyone to give as generously as you are comfortable.

Donations and messages of support should be made in advance via the just giving website. We will be monitoring the page to provide a guide to numbers on the day


We look forward to seeing you there!

Frequently asked questions

1. How do I register for the event?

Please donate via just giving


This will be monitored to gauge participation numbers for event planning. We would like to politely recommend a minimum £25 donation per family

2. Is this event suitable for everybody?

This event is tailored to families but can be enjoyed by all. The walk will total 2.5 miles via a mix of public paths and pavements. Families are responsible for supervising their children in proximity to roads.

3. Where is the start address and how do I get there?

The walk will begin outside AEW’s office at Zenith Buildings, Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 1AB. Please gather from 1.15pm for a prompt 2.00pm start. The start is central to the City Centre and easily accessible:

By tram:

Piccadilly Gardens or Market Street stops. 2 mins walk

By trains:

Piccadilly Station, 10 mins walks or short tram journey

Victoria Station, 15 mins walk or short tram journey

Oxford Road, 15 mins walk

By car:

Parking at the Arndale Shopping Centre, 5 mins walk

4. What is the end address and how do I return to the start?

The walk will terminate at Ronald McDonald House Manchester, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0BH. Family entertainment, tours and refreshments will be provided.

The House is 2 mins walk from the Oxford Road bus corridor where buses return to the City centre every 10 minutes.

5. What refreshments will there be?

Water will be provided at the start of the walk for all participants

At the end of the walk, hot and cold non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided along with light food. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be available. Please speak to the caterers on the day for advice on any specific food allergies

6. What activities are planned

Activities may be weather dependant. Family activities are planned such as face painting, balloon modelling and live music. Tours of the House will be available so participants can find out more about the Charity.

7. Do I have to be in fancy dress?

Fancy dress is welcomed but entirely optional. The day is focused on family fun and we encourage participation.

8. Are dogs welcome?

Registered guide dogs only will be allowed access to Ronald McDonald House Manchester. Dogs are welcome on the walk but must be responsibly managed by their owners throughout the day.

Please direct any further questions to steves_superhero_walk@aewarchitects.com

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