Join our sea of pink around the coast


FINANCE workers at Saffery Champness are encouraging women to get involved with this years Pink Ladies Sunset Coastal Walk. The company is sponsoring the medals that will be given to every female who completes the event.

First launched in 2007 by the Pink Ladies, the initial walk attracted more than 2,000 participants of all ages and raised more than 100,000 for local breast cancer support. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, providing funds to help the support group pay for locally available treatment for lymphedema, a side-effect of the disease.

Now the Pink Ladies who celebrate their 10th anniversary this year and continue to offer advice, help and raise awareness about breast cancer are calling on girls and women across the island to dress in pink and join them on this years walk on Saturday 18 June.

The Guernsey Press is again media partner for the event, which this year has Sandpiper CI as its main sponsor. Very much a fun occasion, it attracts women of every generation including mums, daughters and grandmothers, although all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saffery Champness internal accounts manager Sharon McHenry said it believed in supporting the community and helping charitable events in some way, such as providing these medals.

She has done the walk twice and explained why it was such an important cause. Nearly every one of my family members who have passed away have had some form of cancer. The walk gives you such a sense of achievement and the atmosphere is amazing.

Trainee trust administrator Dani Bougourd agreed. You see a sea of pink around the coast its amazing, she said.

Internal accounts administrator Tomina Hobbs encouraged people to register and take part. She had breast cancer 10 years ago. People should do it because the Pink Ladies are so supportive of people with breast cancer. Do the walk to support them.

Senior fund officer Jill Hutton is also going to do the walk with the Hash House Harriettes.

Were doing it because one of our members died about three years ago. Shed done it with us but she wont be with us this year. Its definitely a good cause and nobody knows if it will affect them.

There is a choice of two coastal routes to suit all walkers, both meeting up en route and finishing in Town at the same time. The first starts at 6pm at Grandes Rocques and is 10.5 miles-long. The shorter is around 3.5 miles and starts at Bordeaux at 8pm. Walkers then gather for a party and prizegiving in Town Square,  featuring Abba tribute band Sensation.

Watch out for more stories and updates about the walk in the Guernsey Press.

Watched by her colleagues, Sharon McHenry shows off the medals provided by Saffery Champness for this years Pink Ladies Sunset Coastal Walk.     (Picture by Peter Frankland, 1135588)

GEP Article by Jess Stevenson

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