Ladies of all ages get in the pink for the Sunset Coastal Walk


Saturday saw women and children brave the wind and take part in the Pink Ladies Sunset Coastal Walk. The group celebrated its tenth year, reports Alexa Rowe. Pictures by Peter Frankland

AROUND 2,000 women put on their best pink clothes, hats and even bunny ears on Saturday evening for a coastal walk to raise money for the Pink Ladies.

The 2009 sunset walk raised 92,000 for the local breast cancer support charity and organisers hoped to repeat that success this weekend.

Co-organiser Amanda Brown said: It is amazing to see all these women walking together.

The participants were unfazed by the windy conditions but Mrs Brown said she was relieved that the rain held off.

All the money raised from this years event will be used to fund the relocation and expansion of Guernseys breast unit.

Mary Freestone, 66, completed the full 10.5 mile walk from Grandes Rocques to Town with her daughter, Sally Cowan.

She said the Pink Ladies were very supportive during her fight against breast cancer.

They were there when you needed them.

When I woke up from my operation they were there with a bag of pink goodies for me.

Mrs Cowan, 41, was doing the walk for the first time and said she expected to get blisters but thought the atmosphere would be great.

Katie Hockey, 38, did the walk with two colleagues from Offshore Electronics.
It [breast cancer] is very common and it has touched a lot of families so I believe in supporting them in whatever way I can.

The women who started at Grandes Rocques were put through their paces in a warm up led by a Curves Gym instructor before Miss Guernsey Lisa Knott cut the ribbon to start the walk at 6pm.

A 3.5 mile walk started at Bordeaux at 8pm and the women met up in Town for a party in Market Square when they finished.

The event was sponsored by Sandpiper CI.

GEP Article by Alexa Rowe 20/6/2011

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