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A Roaring Success – the 20th MoonWalk London!

A phenomenal £3.7million was raised before the first step was even taken at the 20th MoonWalk London, which took place last night, Saturday 13th May.

A Roaring Success – the 20th MoonWalk London! 

A phenomenal £3.7million was raised before the first step was even taken at the 20th MoonWalk London, which took place last night, Saturday 13th May.

Fifteen thousand woman and men donned decorated bras laden with fringing and feathers as they partied harder than Gatsby at the Roaring Twenties themes event organised by breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk.

The iconic streets of London were filled with Flappers for the first time in almost a hundred years, as people of all ages took on either a Half or Full Marathon walking challenge at Midnight, starting and finishing at Clapham Common.

Heidi Rehman said: “After receiving my secondary diagnosis, just after The MoonWalk last year, I wanted to prove there are still good times to be had. This point six months ago, I couldn’t foresee enough into the future that I would be able to take part. But, with the help of my incredible friend, Zoe, determination and positivity kicked in, like at every MoonWalk it has, regardless of any diagnosis. Last night was exhilarating, the atmosphere was electric, and volunteers were encouraging. This is my favourite night of the year.”

Frazer Hadfield, star of hit West End Musical, The Girls, said: “We did two shows yesterday, came off stage and straight on to The MoonWalk! The amount of people taking part is staggering and hearing their stories as you are walking around is really inspiring. There’s a real spirit of ‘we’re all in this together’. It brings it home what a good cause this is.”

Walk the Walk Founder and Chief Executive Nina Barough CBE said: “I think our 20th year was certainly marked in style. Our Walkers looked magnificent! The energy of everyone coming together before the walk was electric. And even the early morning rain hasn’t really dampened anyone’s spirits. It was the most extraordinary birthday party and it really felt like the end of an era and the beginning of the next part of the story”.

Walk the Walk has raised more than £117 million since 1996, with the money granted either to fund research into breast cancer or to help improve the lives of those with cancer now.

Entries for The MoonWalk London 2018 open on Monday 15th May at www.walkthewalk.org 

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Notes to editors:

Walk the Walk

  • Nina Barough CBE, Founder and Chief Executive, set up and now runs Walk the Walk Worldwide. 
  • Walk the Walk specialises in fitness and Power Walking challenges.
  • HRH The Prince of Wales is the official Patron of Walk the Walk.
  • As a grant-making charity, all funds are raised for Walk the Walk and then granted to where the charity feels they will do the most good. 
  • Walk the Walk funds are granted to projects that not only support research, important to all our future health, but also support a variety of projects that are supporting cancer patients now throughout the UK.
  • To date grants have been made to charities and organisations throughout the UK including Breast Cancer Now, The Breast Cancer Haven, Penny Brohn UK and hundreds of NHS Hospitals and Trusts for which we supply Scalp Cooling Systems. 
  • The charity also has a community grant fund which each year grants to smaller organisations. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, Tenovus Cancer Care, The Christie, Cancer Kin, FACT and others, all receive funds which enable them to continue their work.
  • The charity always aims to work within 25% of its fundraising and to grant 75% of its funds.
  • ‘The MoonWalk’ is the flagship event of the charity currently held in London, Scotland and Iceland.