A few weeks ago on a warm Saturday evening (remember those???) I made my way to south London to meet a huge crowd of people who were planning to don pink t-shirts, wigs, face paint, glitter and fancy dress costumes to participate in the first London, night time Pink Ribbonwalk for Breast Cancer Care.
We all met in the park outside the Imperial War Museum. There was a buzz in the air, a choir was singing and the sun was shining.
There was a feeling radiating around us all that was one of unadulterated positivity. I was there on behalf of QVC and our annual Breast Cancer Care fundraiser coming up later in the year, we were filming the walk so I was being followed by a film crew (a very normal Saturday night out for me!!).
I decided to stroll around the park and see what was happening. The atmosphere was that of a carnival with a face painting tent, a huge blow up, pink, ‘WALK’ sign, a coffee tent and a massage and relaxation tent that was being manned by our very Fiona Brackenbury and her team from Decleor. I bumped into so many familiar faces from QVC who had come along to either help out or to actually walk the 10 miles.
Lisa Snowden, who is the ambassador for Breast cancer Care, was also in attendance and she came over to say hi so I grabbed the opportunity to have a chat with her on camera to find out more about the event. I have to say she charmed me and is so lovely and an exemplary ambassador for the charity.
Well, this was all fun but there was a 10 mile walk to be done, and walk we did!!! We had staggered groups to set off on the course which took us all around London. My group started at about 8.45pm and we began in earnest deciding to keep our pace up…. Well that was the plan but after a few miles we were all so busy chatting and stopping to take photos that we had to keep remembering that if we wanted to finish before breakfast the next morning we would need to get a wriggle on!!!
We all chatted and laughed and actually enjoyed walking past all of the major sites you would see on a regular London tour, and to think we were raising money and awareness for a very worthy cause! It was a good feeling.
It was when we were about 6 miles in that very faint mutterings could be heard about tiredness and aching legs but we marched on regardless!
We got to the finish line at about midnight and collected our medals, of course no medals were required, we did it all for a very worthy cause and we would all happily do it again if it helped even one person.
There are so many horrifying statistics about the number of people diagnosed each year with Breast Cancer that it is good to know that there is an organisation like Breast Cancer Care working so hard to help as many of them as they can, but they need our help. If you would like to make a donation, please go to our Just Giving Page
Until next time,