Heroes raise £3m to fight breast cancer



Fifteen thousand Stetsons added to the beautiful pink tinge which washed over London for the 21st MoonWalk London on Saturday night.

Iconic landmarks across South London, including The Coca Cola London Eye, HMS Belfast and Waterloo Bridge lit up pink in honour of the legendary night-time fundraising event, organised by breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.

More than £3 million had been raised before one step was even taken by the 15,000 women and men wearing colourful bras, decorated with a Wild West theme.

Walkers also took part in what is thought to be the largest ever line dance in the UK, before setting off on their challenges.

Walk the Walk founder and chief executive Nina Barough said: “It’s been empowering, energetic. It’s been fun. It has really been a night when all ages from their 80s to younger walkers of 13 have come together in a common cause. The MoonWalk isn’t just another walk, it’s an experience, it introduces people to a lifestyle, it makes people aware of their own potential for good health and raises huge amounts of money. Walk the Walk has so far raised over £3million and I think that’s phenomenal. It was amazing to see everybody out there in their cowboy hats and now wearing their sheriff medals. I really can’t say more than it was a wonderful, wonderful night.”

Walker Lucy Palmer said: “The incredible support from all the volunteers was amazing. It is a big, big challenge, but it’s do-able and the rewards at the end are well worth it. It was fantastic.”

Walk the Walk has raised more than £124 million since 1996, with the money granted funding both research into breast cancer and to help improve the lives of those living with cancer now. The MoonWalk London raises money and awareness for breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk.

Sign up now for The MoonWalk London 2019, taking place on Saturday, May 11, at www. walkthewalk.org.

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