Local team takes part in the iconic MoonWalk London!
Five Ladies from Hinchley Wood trained for 12 weeks to walk 26.2 miles on Saturday 11th May with 12,000 other participants through the night. In memory of friends and family lost to breast cancer, those who have overcome breast cancer or those who are still fighting it. We all had slightly different motivations as to why we walked.
Chloe walked in memory of her mother, hoping to raise funds to prevent others from going through the pain that her family had to.
Emma walked in support of many survivors, as she experienced the impact of breast cancer close up when her mother fought it.
Imina walked to commend the bravery of all sufferers and their friends and families, raising funds to support this great cause.
Jacqui walked as three of her friends are in the middle of breast cancer treatment. They have all benefited from past research, which has highlighted to her the vital importance of research to help others in the future.
Rachel walked as she has seen a few of the best women she knows have their own battle with breast cancer and their strength and bravery have inspired her more than anything else.
The MoonWalk is an extraordinary event where we power walked from 11.30pm at night around London. This year’s theme was getting into the groove with all things disco. We set off from Clapham Common, round Battersea Park, past the London Eye (illuminated in pink, in honour of the walk) over Tower Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral on to Buckingham Palace and up to Hyde Park Corner (Wellington Arch, also illuminated in pink), where we hit 13 miles, the half way mark. We then continued around Hyde Park (as the park was closed for the night) on through South Kensington, this was the toughest part of the night, as it was 2am-4am, it was very dark and cold, but once we hit High Street Kensington, the birds started singing and the sun came out. We then headed towards The Royal Albert Hall, a pink haze was still visible on the Albert Memorial. At The Royal Albert Hall, Able and Cole employees were waiting for us with bananas and oranges. This was a very welcome treat. From here we walked through the beautiful residential area of South Kensington to Kings Road, up to Sloan Square, where more fruit and hot drinks awaited. We were now on our last few miles, back up to Hyde Park Corner and then through Victoria and Battersea to Clapham Common.
The atmosphere and determination of all walkers and volunteers was electrifying and yet very emotional.
Further, scientists now know that just by being active 12% of breast cancers could be avoided, so The MoonWalk is a fantastic way of doing something wonderful for others whilst improving your own health and all whilst having fun – what a great exchange!
Now in its 22nd year, funds raised by The MoonWalk London so far are currently dedicated to research into secondary cancers and supporting those with cancer, with the growing demands for emotional and physical support.
Funds raised so far:
Total in all the years: £130 million
Total this year: £3 million
Total of the Hinchley Wood walkers: £4,164.71
We would like to thank all that have supported us and this great cause!
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