Walking into the sunset


THE Sunset Walk is the Pink Ladies’ flagship awareness biennial fundraiser. This year’s event, which is supported by the Guernsey Press, takes place on Saturday 24 June and it is hoped hundreds of women will once again brighten up the coastal paths in splendid pink garb.

The Pink Ladies support group was set up in 2001 to help women going through breast cancer and subsequent after-care and the first coastal walk took place in 2007.

Doreen Le Poidevin, one of the original Pink Ladies, and one of the main organisers of the walk explains that the group is hopeful that this year will attract a record-breaking entry.

‘It’s such a fantastic atmosphere and great to see individuals and groups all sharing in such a positive experience.’

‘The walk takes place every two years and is really a way of raising awareness about breast cancer, showing support – and raising money of course.’

Women who have come through breast cancer, their friends and family turn out and usually go all out to dress up as a celebration of survival and awareness of a disease that is no longer a death sentence.

Doreen said: ‘This year we are raising money for some equipment at the Breast Screening Unit and hope to top the 1,600 entries we had at the previous walk.’

All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.

The group’s facilitator, Karen Leach, said: ‘For our biennial awareness event, our fundraising target is £70,000.

‘This will allow us to support the breast care unit in the replacement of the mammography equipment. The breast team has identified some new mammography equipment which has increased capability.

‘Using a new technology called tomosynthesis will improve cancer detection rates and stop a number of women having to go to the UK for specialist breast imaging.’

Walkers can choose either a 10.5-mile course that starts at 6pm from Grandes Rocques car park or opt for the 3.5-mile walk from Bordeaux car park that starts at 8pm. Both walks end in Market Square.

Doreen says that the event is always fun and there is an after-walk party at the finish line where refreshments are provided for walkers.

‘This year we have the Abba tribute band, Sensation, and walkers and their families and friends are encouraged to wear pink.’

Angela Horsepool, secretary of the Pink Ladies, says funds help with buying new equipment and provide a wide variety of support, ‘a goodie bag’ for those going through chemotherapy and the offer of beauty treatments at the end of their treatment regimes.

‘We are always here for those who need us either at diagnosis or while going through chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Due to confidentially issues, we as a group are not able to approach women directly but we ask them to log on to our website or pick up one of our new leaflets, which has all the contact details. There is no need to feel you are going through this alone as there is always someone who can talk to you because they have been there too.’

The registration form (shown right) can also be downloaded from the Pink Ladies website at www.pinkladies.org.gg and www.guernseypress.com, or you can call 07781 415131. Sponsorship forms are also available.

Article courtesy of the Guernsey Press & Star

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