Hundreds turn out for Petworth charity trek

C111008-7 JPOS Mid Pet Pink Photo Louise Adams''Birthday girl Diana Moran (72) motivates and gives a quick excercise routine for all the walkers.
C111008-7 JPOS Mid Pet Pink Photo Louise Adams''Birthday girl Diana Moran (72) motivates and gives a quick excercise routine for all the walkers.

More than 800 people laced up their walking books and took part in Breast Cancer Care’s ten and 20 mile Pink Ribbonwalk from Petworth House.

They were joined by Loose Women presenter and journalist Andrea McLean, who took part in the ten-mile route, and health and fitness expert Diana Moran, who warmed up the 20 and ten mile Pink Ribbonwalkers.

Andrea said: “I loved walking the ten-mile route at Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Ribbonwalk last year – it was a really special and uplifting day so I am thrilled to be here again.

“I am taking part to support all those affected by the disease, and as my mum had a breast cancer scare in 1997 and a friend of mine has just recently had a double mastectomy, I know how devastating the disease can be.

“Breast Cancer Care’s essential information and support services ensure no-one faces a breast cancer diagnosis alone. Every penny we raise will help Breast Cancer Care to continue supporting people affected by breast cancer, and I can’t think of a better reason to get involved.”

Clair Meager, who walked the 20-mile route, said: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. The Pink Ribbonwalk is a lovely way to give something back to Breast Cancer Care so it can continue to help others affected by the disease. It is always a fantastic event and this is actually my seventh Pink Ribbonwalk!”

Lou Rall, who took part in Breast Cancer Care’s 2010 trek to Machu Picchu in Peru with Denise Van Outen and Fearne Cotton, walked the 20-mile course at Petworth House.

She said: “I’ve walked the ten-mile Pink Ribbonwalks before but I have never done the 20-mile route – this is my next challenge after the Peru trek.”

Maureen Beckett walked ten miles: “This is my first Pink Ribbonwalk and I am walking for my friend Jackie, who I have watched go through breast cancer. I wanted to do something for her and to support Breast Cancer Care.”

All funds raised from the Pink Ribbonwalk, sponsored by Santander in association with woman&home, enable Breast Cancer Care to fund essential information and support services such as its helpline, discussion forums and local events, so no-one faces a breast cancer diagnosis alone.