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Calling all girls: it is time to root out your tutus and trainers... the Pink Ladies Sunset Coastal Walk is back. And with this years charity fund-raiser looking set to be bigger and better than ever, Zoe Ash reveals how it is time to start thinking pink. GUERNSEY women are being asked to walk this way for charity.

The Pink Ladies Sunset Coastal Walk is back by popular demand and will this year take place on Saturday 18 June.

Walk organisers Doreen Le Poidevin and Amanda Brown are both founder members of the local breast cancer support group and say the event is as much about raising awareness, as it is about raising money.

The Sunset Walk was first launched back in 2007 but back then organisers could never have predicted just what a huge success it would be.
They had hoped for 500 walkers but, on the day, more than 2,000 turned out and more than 100,000 was raised something they are hoping to top with this, the third fund-raising walk.

Amanda said the event is a great way to unite the women of Guernsey. And it is especially important this year as the charity is also celebrating its 10th anniversary.

All money raised stays in the island and helps with everything from buying equipment for the breast care unit, to paying for home-help for those recovering from treatment.

The walk will finish with a celebration in Market Square where food and drink will be available for the walkers, with entertainment provided by Abba tribute band, Sensation.

"We are hoping as many ladies as possible will stay after the walk and join in," said Amanda. "There is going to be a real party atmosphere."

Who are the Pink Ladies?

The Pink Ladies group was set up in 2001 and, since then, it has been responsible for significant changes in the care of patients.

This has included improvements to the wig care service and installing a sound system at the Breast Unit to create a more relaxed environment for patients. Free beauty treatment workshops, in conjunction with the charity National Look Good Feel Better, also proved a boost for those undergoing treatment.

From 2007, the Pink Ladies have also paid for lymphoedema treatment at the Longfrie Lymphoedema Clinic for all breast cancer patients, made possible with the money raised from the first Sunset Walk.

It is now part-funding the new post of a lymphoedema nurse, who will be employed by the HSSD.

The group has funded numerous other causes, including donating money to Les Bourgs Hospice and Hope for Guernsey. It has bought equipment for the continued care of patients at Bulstrode House and paid for training for HSSD staff.

What is the walk?

* There are two walking routes. The first starts from Grandes Rocques car park at 6pm and is approximately 10.5 miles long.
The second is approximately 3.5 miles and starts at 8pm at Bordeaux, which will be joined by those from the first walk before going on to the finish line in Market Square.

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

* The Pink Ladies is registered with the Association of Guernsey Charities. The helpline number is 07781 415131 or you can visit www.pinkladies.org.gg for moreinformation.

* The Guernsey Press will be regularly updating readers about the event and sharing peoples stories throughout the coming weeks.

Where can I get more forms?
* Photcopies of the forms will be accepted.
* They are also available from Guernsey Press reception, Braye Road and downloadable from our website thisisguernsey.com
* Curves Fitness Studio
* The Breast Care Unit and the Bulstrode Oncology Unit, PEH
* Sandpiper CI outlets: Pasty Presto, Costa Coffee, Wine Warehouse, HotelChocolat, Iceland and Checkers Express foodhalls
* They are also available from www.pinkladies.org.gg

GEP Article by Zoe Ash 28th April 2011

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