Chiswick House Pink Ribbon walk raises £80,000

Image above: Walkers taking part in the Pink Ribbon walk to raise money for Breast Cancer Now

Walkers raise money for Breast Cancer Now

More than 270 people took part in the sponsored walk at Chiswick House Gardens at the beginning of July and raised over £80,000 for the charity Breast Cancer Now.

The final fundraising walk in the series was put on hold for two years because of the pandemic, but took place finally on 2 July. Fundraisers wearing their trademark pink T shirts walked ten or twenty miles to raise money for Breast Cancer Now, which supports research into secondary breast cancer.

The charity’s research projects look at different aspects of secondary breast cancer – from finding ways to stop breast cancer spreading to finding more effective ways to treat it.

70-year-old Christine Turkington from Glasgow, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and after being supported by Breast Cancer Now, has volunteered for the charity for 18 years. She appeared on stage before she took on the 10-mile walk herself and said:

“I am delighted to be here today walking 10 miles in this beautiful location.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer over 20 years ago, after finding a lump in my breast at the end of 2001.

“Throughout my treatment, Breast Cancer Now [known then as Breast Cancer Care] provided me with peer support, where I was able to talk to someone who had the same diagnosis as myself and I attended information sessions, which empowered me to face the challenges of breast cancer with less fear, greater control, and more knowledge.”

Claire Pulford, Associate Director, Community and Events at Breast Cancer Now, said:

“It’s always an incredibly emotional day and, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced Breast Cancer Now to cancel events for the last two years, seeing everyone walking together for a joint cause felt even more special.

“People took part for so many reasons – we had people walking who are currently having breast cancer treatment, people who’ve had treatment, and friends and family of people affected by the disease.

“We’re so thankful to everyone who signed up to take part in a Pink Ribbon Walk and fundraise for Breast Cancer Now.

“Every year in the UK 55,000 women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer and sadly these numbers are rising. These vital funds are helping us to ensure we’re here for anyone affected by breast cancer, funding world-class research and providing support to anyone affected by this devastating disease.”

The charity organises walks all over the country. They have walks coming up in the Peak District and Scotland, the South West Coast to Coast walk over the summer and the October ‘walk 100 miles in a month’ challenge.

Find out more about the charity from their website.

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