Friendship Walk returns to beat breast cancer

Press Release For immediate use: 10 September 2009 Press contact: Louise Garrahan, Media Relations Officer, Breast Cancer Campaign, DD 0207 749 3724, Email: lgarrahan@breastcancercampaign.org Friendship Walk returns to beat breast cancer It’s back! The Broadway Ring Friendship Walk will return to the Cotswolds next month and Breast Cancer Campaign wants you to step forward for the event and help fund breast cancer research. Last year over 50 locals took part in the five-mile walk and raised £2,200 to help Campaign continue funding research into breast cancer. This year, the charity is hoping more walkers will lace up their walking boots for the countryside stroll starting at Farncombe Estate in Broadway on Sunday 4 October. Local Walk Champ, Mary Franklin, from Witney, Oxfordshire has organised walks for Breast Cancer Campaign since 2006 and has so far raised over £7,500 She said: “Each year we’ve had a really great turnout with lots of people raising much needed funds for research into this disease. The walk takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month so it’s an ideal time for men, women and children to come together, wear pink and support the charity, while taking in the beautiful sights of the Cotswolds.” Sarah England, Events Executive for Breast Cancer Campaign, added: “Sadly this October, 3,800 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. Although 80 per cent of women diagnosed today will be alive in five years time, Campaign is committed to improving these statistics by funding innovative world-class research, so please help us get a step closer to beating breast cancer by taking part in this walk.” Registration for the walk, which starts at 10.00am, is £5 and all walkers will receive a medal at the end. Everyone is encouraged to dress in pink and to raise sponsorship for taking part. To sign up or for more information, please contact the Events team on 020 7749 3700 or visit www.friendshipwalks.co.uk Ends Notes to editors • Breast Cancer Campaign aims to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure • Currently it supports 101 research projects, worth over £14.2 million, in 41 centres of excellence across the UK and Ireland • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and accounts for nearly one in three of all cancers in women • In the UK, nearly 46,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year - that’s 125 a day • Visit www.breastcancercampaign.org

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