A walk on the wild side


Paul Ainsworth joined the nearly 2,000 women who turned out despite the drizzle and gusting winds for the Pink Ladies’ Sunset Coastal Walk. AN ALMOST endless stream of pink and smiles were on display when women of all ages pounded Guernsey’s coast in aid of the Pink Ladies. Walkers of all ages donned bright clothes, hats and fancy dress for Saturday’s biennial Sunset Walk to raise money for breast cancer sufferers.

Win Rowland, 86, was among the oldest walkers, taking part just months after her own brush with the disease.

She found a lump at the beginning of the year and had an operation just a month later.

‘They were wonderful, the whole team at the breast unit,’ she said. ‘They are just amazing and made me just as good as new. ‘I have come to say thank you and all my favourite nurses are here.’

Administrator Emily Brehaut, 30, said her mother had fought cancer and her grandmother had died of the disease.  ‘It does affect so many people and I remember other people affected as I grew up,’ she said. ‘We are here to lend our support.’

Pink Ladies member Chris Bisson, 64, was walking with her sister.
She hailed the support given by the group to women, like herself, in the fight against breast cancer. ‘It is a really good support network for women who have been affected by breast cancer,’ she said. ‘It is just a group of like-minded ladies who all want to help each other. ‘You need the support when you are going through anything like that.’

Laura Kreckeler, 22, who was walking with her friend Sarah Packham, 23, was equally keen to show her support. She had raised around £400, which her employer, Guernsey Post, had offered to double. ‘One of our friends has had the support of the Pink Ladies and seeing the support they provided throughout her illness was fantastic,’ she said.

Some also joined the Sunset Walk in memory of male relatives who had battled cancer. These included friends Christine De Kock and Renee Jordaan, who were taking part for the very first time in support of all those who were battling the disease.

Lynda Walker, wife of Lt-Governor Air Marshal Peter Walker, was taking part in the walk for the second time. Her 18-month-old dog, Henrietta, came along too. ‘It is a worthy cause and helps raise the profile. ‘It is also good exercise and good fun.’

She was among a sea of women in pink attire who gathered for the start of the longer 10.5-mile route at Grandes Rocques. The shorter 3.5-mile route began at Bordeaux.

Afterwards walkers gathered for a party in Market Square to celebrate their efforts. Money raised will support women affected by breast cancer. All funds will stay in Guernsey.

Article courtesy of the Guernsey Press & Star

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