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Raising money for breast cancer research at the London Moonwalk

Posted On : 21/05/2015


Our managing director Diane Stow was kept busy last Saturday night when she joined around 15,000 people to walk a marathon throughout London to raise money for breast cancer research.

Diane was taking part in the annual London Moonwalk challenge which this year saw competitors dressing up for the theme of "Saturday Night at the Movies".

The walk started at Clapham Common and snaked its way past London monuments such as Tower Bridge and the Shard.

Diane said: "Thank you so much to all those who sponsored me including all the Countrywise customers.

"We set off at 20 to midnight, and by 5am tiredness was the enemy. I just had to concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other as it became a major challenge until we reached the finish line at 10 to 8 in the morning. 

"I was so happy to finish and then straight off to have a massive sausage sandwich!"

The event is organised by Walk The Walk, a grant making breast cancer charity that works with other charities that are involved with breast cancer and grants funds to where it know it will make the most difference.

The idea was conceived by Nina Barough CBE in 1996 when her and 12 friends walked the New York Marathon in decorated bras and raised £25,000.

The money was donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer and helped create the UK's first dedicated centre for breast cancer research.

The walk was repeated at the London Marathon the following year and that raised £25,000, with an auction to sell the bras afterwards.

By 1998 word had spread, but there were only 25 places available for the marathon leaving 25 more entrants unable to take part. Nina decided to create a one-off overnight marathon for those 25; which grew to 65 people and became the Moonwalk.

So far Diane has raised in excess of £1,300, and if you'd like to help swell the coffers you can donate via her fundraising page.