Our Pink Ribbon Walk!

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At the startHi all,

Just thought I'd share with you a few photos from the 10-mile Pink Ribbon Walk I did with a fabulous team from QVC on Saturday. It's the 10th anniversary year of the walks, which raise money for Breast Cancer Care, and over the years more than 22,000 walkers have raised more than £8.2 million, walking a total of 341,046 miles – that's 13.69 times around the earth!

It was an absolute privilege to take part and help to raise even more money for this fantastic charity which makes such a difference to so many women (and men). Our walk started in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace and followed a stunning route along the river, through pretty streets and parks – we even saw some deer!



At the 8 mile markThe team included people from across the departments at QVC, from buyers and web staff to producers and guest presenters. The picture (click to enlarge) above is of me before the start of the walk with Nat, QVC's promotions scheduler, plus Bev Cressman who you'll recognise from all sorts of home and garden shows, and Abi from Ultrasun (and yes, she came supplied, and yes, we were very grateful as it was very very HOT!).

We all had our own reasons for doing the walk. I lost a friend to breast cancer not so long ago as well as having several friends and colleagues affected by the disease; Susie Adams, our Northern Nights guest, lost her mum; Alison O'Reilly (our Skagen and Diamonique expert) tragically lost both her mum and her sister. And of course virtually every single person there knew somebody who had been touched by breast cancer in some way or another.

After crossing the finish lineThere was a lot of talking as we went along, both within our group and with strangers walking alongside us, and everyone had their own stories. It truly was a bonding experience, and made those long, hot miles seem so much shorter.

The picture above left was at 8 miles, when we stopped briefly for some water and fruit to help rehydrate us! From left to right that's Tracey Krieger who has had breast cancer herself and also lost her mum, along with Alison, me and our Yong Kim guest Ingrid Tarrant.

Ingrid kept us all topped up with bright pink lipstick… obviously a crucial companion on a 10-mile walk! And here (above left) are just some members of Team QVC after we crossed the finish line. Despite aching hips/knees/feet we loved every minute. I'm not sure yet how much we raised as donations are still coming in but we certainly smashed our £1500 target so we were thrilled – thanks so much to all who donated!

Monty And finally, I couldn't finish this blog without including a picture of Monty, our Co-ordinating Producer Emma's dog who didn't just walk but ran, skipped and rolled all the way with us and was still a little bundle of energy at the end when we were all collapsed, gasping, on the grass. What a little cutie!

Now I want to do it all again next year. Do it with us, it'll be fun! Have a wonderful week.

Love Jackie xx

10 Comments

  1. Jean Pugh May 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Just want to congratulate you and everyone who did the walk for Cancer, such a needy cause. Yes I think nearly everyone these days has family and friends who have or have had cancer. And there is all the one’s that did not survive. It is nice that there is people out there ready to support the Charity and raise the much needed money.
    Love the photo of Monty, he is gorgeous.
    Congratulations to all of you again.
    Have a good week.
    Love Jean XX

  2. Jackie Kabler May 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean,
    Thanks for that, and yes Monty is adorable!
    Love Jackie x

  3. Beth May 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    A big well done to you and all the team. All done for a great charity. I’ve checked the link and you’ve all beaten your target. (I can’t donate a lot but I will be adding to this shortly.)
    Monty is adorable!! What a Star and it was quite a hot day too but it sounds like he virtually skipped all the way too!
    All the very best,
    Beth XXX

  4. lizzie May 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Well done Jackie on completing the Breast Cancer walk. As a survivor of this terrible disease I am grateful to all who raise funds for research. I am “strolling” the Race for Life in a couple of weeks. It will be my tenth time and my last(again) the old knees not what they used to be!
    Thanks again for what you have done.
    Lizzie

  5. Gwen Tugwell May 24, 2014 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Hello Jackie,
    Many congratulations to you and the other lovely people who joined in the walk, so many events are raising ever needed money to help beat this dreadful desease and I hope and pray that sooner or later it will be achievable, a very dear friend of mine has just been diagnosed and it such such a worry to her nearest and dearest, so again well done to all of you, be proud of yourself.
    GWEN.

  6. susan May 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, congrats on your 10 miles! Long way! Well done all. I was sorry to hear of all the losses. And of your sister. So many of us are touched by all cancers. Well done

  7. Louise Shepherd May 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Well done Jackie and all the QVC team! You really had fantastic weather for it.

  8. Jackie Kabler May 27, 2014 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Beth, Lizzie, Gwen, Susan and Louise!
    Thanks so much for all the kind words. Have a great week.
    Love Jackie x

  9. Morag Winchester May 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie. Well done to you and your team mates on completing the walk. Such a fantastic cause. And just also wanted to say how much I enjoy your presenting on QVC. Your personality and enthusiasm shines out through the TV screen !

  10. Jackie Kabler May 29, 2014 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Morag
    Oh that’s so sweet of you, thanks!
    Love Jackie x

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