Guernsey ladies Walk the Walk to raise funds for breast cancer charity

May 17th, 2012 by Butterfield Bank Guernsey Ltd

Five Butterfield employees took part in Walk the Walk’s Moonwalk in London on 12 May 2012.

Theresa Lenfestey, Lisa Le Gallez, Emma Gallienne, Sarah Ozanne and Sharon Marquand joined around 15,000 women putting on decorated bras and walking the length of a marathon around the streets of London on Saturday night.

The Butterfield Bank (Guernsey) Ltd MoonWalkers (click image to expand - image ©Chris George)

The walk started and finished in Hyde Park with walkers getting underway just before midnight. The ladies completed the walk in around eight hours and found the course tough but rewarding.

The Butterfield group held a fund raising day at their offices before the walk which included a mufti day and cake sale which raised over £400. This brought their total fundraising to just under £2000.

Bras are sent to all walkers to decorate as they wish. The team found guitar print fabric online to fit in with this year’s theme, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, and spent several evenings sewing it on and decorating it with sequins. They have also made rock and roll skirts complete with old records and musical notes.

Ms Marquand says the cause is dear to many women and the team are happy to be able to help.

“I think all of us know of at least one person who has suffered from breast cancer and are very aware that anyone could be next. My mum won her battle with breast cancer several years ago,” she said.

Walk the Walk began 15 years ago when 13 women walked the New York marathon in their bras to raise money and awareness for breast cancer causes.

A similar walk was then arranged for the London marathon but there were fewer places than women willing to take part so the charity organised the MoonWalk as a separate event for anybody who didn’t have a marathon place.

The charity has now raised over £75 million for vital cancer charities.

 

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