Oxfordshire residents and celebrities take on Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Ribbonwalk to support people affectedby breast cancer
In a blaze of pink morethan 850 walkers from across Oxfordshire took on 10 or 20 mile walks thisSaturday (May 19th), at Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Ribbonwalk inassociation with woman&home magazineJoined by Breast CancerCare ambassadors Denise Lewis and Denise Van Outen, who gave moving speeches onstage, the walkers started at BlenheimPalace and walked throughthe Oxfordshire Countryside. They each took on the challenge of raising atleast £175 to support people living with breast cancer.Every year in the UK50,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer. To help support those peoplethe Pink Ribbonwalk organizers are hoping to raise £250,000 from the 854 peoplewho took part in the event. The walkers were alsojoined by Cotswold’s author Susan Lewis, who lost her mum to breastcancer, and former Sugarbabe, Siobhan Donaghy, who has recently announced shewill be reforming with the original band members.
On the finish line, Breast Cancer Care ambassador, Denise Lewis, said: “Todaywas my fifth Pink Ribbonwalk! I walked in memory of my grandmother, as well asin celebration of one of my friends and my aunt who have also beendiagnosed with breast cancer. As always, it has been a fantastic, incrediblyemotional and uplifting day and I’ve had lots of fun meeting the othermen and women taking part. And hopefully we’ve raised lots of money tohelp fund Breast Cancer Care’s information and support services!”
Fellow walker Denise Van Outen added: “This was my second Pink Ribbonwalk and Iloved every bit of it! I’ve had so much fun! My gran died of breastcancer so I grab any opportunity I can to help raise money and awareness forthis dreadful disease. The atmosphere today has been fantastic. Everyone is soenthusiastic because they know they are doing something to support people withbreast cancer.” lison Pitt, 45, from Witney, took on the 10 mile walk for her sister Fiona, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer after being diagnosed five years ago aged just 36.
About the Pink Ribbonwalk, Alison said: “A great day! We’re raised a lot of money for a fantastic cause. I am a little bit tired now and looking forward to the curry my husband is going to cook when we get home! Pink Ribbonwalk ManagerLucy Thomson said: “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone, from ourvolunteers to our walkers, for supporting us in this fantastic event. What aday!“By taking part in thePink Ribbonwalk, everyone who has walked 10 or 20 miles is helping to supportanyone affected by breast cancer as well as their friends and families. Withyour donation Breast Cancer Care can continue to provide free support serviceslike our helpline or face to face sessions to ensure that no one faces a breastcancer diagnosis alone.”Funds raised from BreastCancer Care’s PinkRibbonwalk in association withwoman&home enable the charity to provide information andsupport services such as its helpline, discussion forums, local events,one-to-one support sessions and website, so that no one need face a breastcancer diagnosis alone.To find out about otherPink Ribbonwalks taking place this summer visit www.pinkribbonwalk.org.uk
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