Pink Ladies hit the shops to sign up coastal walk entrants


THE Pink Ladies were out and about at the weekend to encourage more women to sign up for the Sunset Coastal Walk. The fund-raising event takes place on 18 June and there is still time to enter because the 31 May deadline has been extended, although organisers would appreciate receiving forms as soon as possible.

The event was started in 2007 and this years walk is particularly significant as the support group which offers help and raises awareness about breast cancer celebrates its 10th anniversary.

On Saturday members were at Le Friquet Garden Centre and St Peters Food Hall giving out registration forms and taking entries.

Angela Horsepool was one of the charitys representatives at Le Friquet. By lunchtime she had helped sign up more than a dozen women.
We have had a lot of interest and people putting in donations and picking up forms, she said.

One woman told us she was going to get children from her school involved, which is great. We are very pleased with the response so far.

The Sunset Coastal Walk offers two distance options.

The first is a 10.5-mile route from Grandes Rocques to Town starting at 6pm. It joins up with a second start from Bordeaux for the remaining 3.5-mile walk at 8pm.

Walkers then all gather for a party and prizegiving in Market Square in Town featuring Abba tribute band Sensation.

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 where people are encouraged to dress in pink, it attracts women of every generation including friends, colleagues, mums, daughters and grandmothers although all children must be accompanied by an adult.

To mark the groups landmark birthday, teams of 10 are also being urged to take part.

Pink Ladies is a great local charity, said Mrs Horsepool.

We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. But the event itself has great camaraderie and it is lovely to see the sea of pink.

Tara Sharpe was signed up to do the event with a group of friends.

A friend had breast cancer, said the 36-year-old. It is a great cause. It is a lovely atmosphere and is good fun.

June Clayton, 61, said she planned to take part. I am doing it because I had a friend who died from breast cancer, she said.

Everybody comes together. The atmosphere is fantastic.

Linda Coutu, left, and Nancy Golland were at St Peters Food Hall trying to encourage more women to take part in the Pink Ladies Sunset Coastal Walk on 18 June.     (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1141634)

GEP Article by Aimee Le Cocq 31/05/2011

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