Great atmosphere at Pink Ladies’ walk as it attracts 1,500

22/06/2015

THE fifth Pink Ladies’ Sunset Coastal Walk met with a misty start on Saturday but those taking part had a clear vision on why they were doing it. The breast cancer support group’s biennial event raised £92,000 when it was last held in 2013.

The proceeds from this year’s walk will be put towards the purchase of a new £350,000 mammography machine for the Guernsey Breast Unit.

Some 1,500 took part on Saturday with a 10.5-mile trek starting from Grandes Rocques at 6pm, with others joining in for a 3.5mile stretch at Bordeaux at 8pm en route to the finish at Market Square where the Abba Sensation tribute band led the party.

The Pink Ladies charity was formed in 2001 and the first Sunset Coastal Walk took place in 2007.

Charity facilitator Karen Leach said for some taking part it was a very personal thing.

‘Some will be walking in memory of people while some will be doing it to support others,’ she said.


Charity patron, Lynda Walker, wife of the Lt-Governor, officially started the event before once again taking part herself.


Pam Marsh had conducted the warm-up session at Grandes Rocques where Andy Newman provided the music.


‘The turnout again is just amazing,’ said Mrs Leach.


‘In the build-up you wonder if people will still support it then coming down here and seeing the mass of pink growing before your eyes makes it all worthwhile.


‘The atmosphere is fantastic and for many it’s an achievement to take part and support others.’  


Article courtesy of the Guernsey Press & Star.


Photograph : The Lt-Governor’s wife and patron of The Pink Ladies, Lynda Walker, cuts the ribbon at Grandes Rocques on Saturday at the start of the Sunset Coastal Walk. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 9223856)



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