On Tuesday 11th June 2013 anyone living in the countryside around Wherstead, just outside Ipswich, or driving along the A137 from Ipswich to Manningtree may be surprised to see a crowd of women (and men!) dressed in outrageous pink costumes. They’ll be walking to raise money and awareness for the charity Suffolk Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Walking or running to raise money for charity is nothing new. Supporters of Suffolk Breakthrough Breast Cancer have collectively covered many 100’s of miles over the past few years at such events as the Walk on the Wildside in Thorpeness, the Walk on the Westside in Bury St Edmunds and the Walk on the Riverside in Dedham.
Having completed various walks themselves, Kate Paul and Toni Coward have decided it’s time to organise a walk in the Ipswich area. It is hoped that more than 150 walkers will set off at 9.30am from Jimmy’s Farm in Wherstead and take the scenic route through Wherstead and Tattingstone and around the beautiful nature reserve of Alton Water, ending up back at Jimmy’s Farm for a well-deserved lunch.
“Many of us know women – and some men too – who have suffered from and sadly in some cases, succumbed to this terrible disease”, said Kate, who herself lost her grandmother to breast cancer and whose mother has also been diagnosed and undergone treatment. “We’re urging people to come and support this very worthwhile charity whilst enjoying a walk in the Suffolk countryside and a lovely lunch at Jimmy’s’ Farm.”
1 in 9 women and over 600 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Breakthrough Breast Cancer is a pioneering charity dedicated to saving lives and changing futures through research, campaigning and education – with the aim of ultimately eliminating the fear of breast cancer for good. It costs £19.5 million each year for them to continue with their work, so the money raised from events such as the Suffolk Breakthrough walks really do help to make a difference.
Interested walkers can go to www.suffolkbreakthroughevents.co.uk for details on how to enter the walk.