Come and join us in Pink

09/05/2009

STAFF from an accountants office are encouraging women to look pretty in pink next month all for a good cause. A team of 13 women a number likely to rise from Saffery Champness will line up for the Pink Ladies' Sunset Walk.

The team are keen walkers and regularly get together for charity events ­ but this one is especially close to internal accounts manager, Tomina Hobbs's heart.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2001 and has been a member of the Pink Ladies for seven years.


Her best friend, Anne McMillan, who lost her battle with the disease in November, organised the original Sunset Walk in 2007 with fellow Pink Lady, Doreen Le Poidevin.


Anne was absolutely amazing and it is certainly an extra incentive to get people involved,' said Mrs Hobbs.  All the money raised by the group, which was formed by six women in 2000, will stay in the island.

The Pink Ladies help so many people with breast cancer and their families,' said Mrs Hobbs.

 

When you are diagnosed it is just a nightmare. You don't know how you are going to go on and there are so many younger people being diagnosed who have small children, these are people who really benefit from the practical help on offer.' Mrs Hobbs said that could be anything from help with day-to-day chores such as cleaning and ironing to the cost of treatment for lymphoedema.

Saffery Champness has also sponsored medals for this year's Pink Ladies Sunset Walk.

Let's hope this year it is bigger and better,' said Mrs Hobbs.

The Pink Ladies Sunset Walk offers two routes:

One of 10.5 miles starts from Grandes Rocques car park at 6pm on Saturday 20 June and the second, of 3.5 miles, starting from 8pm at Bordeaux car park.

Both finish at The Square restaurant in the Town Markets.

Registration forms and sponsorship forms can be downloaded from www.pinkladies.co.gg or the Guernsey Press's sister website, www.thisisguernsey.com

They are also available from the reception at Guernsey Press, Les Bourgs Hospice and shops, the Breast Cancer Unit at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital and Bulstrode House.


The inaugural walk in 2007 raised more than £100,000 which is being used to fund treatment for lymphoedema, a painful side-effect of breast cancer treatment that affects one patient in five.


Saffery Champness Pink Ladies Sunset Walkers are, from the left, front row:

Paula Van Katwyk, Lorna O'Donnell, Ginette Blondel, Laura Mayer, Tomina Hobbs and Cindy Collenette. Back row: Annabel Dodd, Claire Gudgeon, Sharon McHenry, Maureen Tough, Darrell Affleck, Ness Basham, Danielle Bougourd.

(Picture by Peter Frankland, 0768829)



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