Join the walk to beat breast cancer this September

Press Release For immediate use: 14 September 2009 Press contact: Louise Garrahan, Media Relations Officer, Breast Cancer Campaign, DD 0207 749 3724, Email: lgarrahan@breastcancercampaign.org Join the walk to beat breast cancer this September It’s back! Breast Cancer Campaign’s Autumn Friendship Walk is returning to Surrey on Saturday and we need you to take part and put your best foot forward for breast cancer research. This year, the walk will take place at Painshill Park, Surrey, on Saturday 19 September and Campaign wants everyone to don their pinkest outfit for the sponsored stroll. On the day, there are two routes to choose from – a 2km family walk, which is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and a 4km route. Both courses take you past beautiful sights including the Gothic Temple, a Ruined Abbey and the Vineyard. Campaign’s Events Executive, Sarah England, said: “Last autumn we had a wonderful turnout with 250 people stepping up to beat breast cancer. This year, we’re hoping even more men, women and children will take part in Painshill Park and enjoy raising money for this very worthwhile cause.” The Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor James Vickers, will start the walk and hopes many local walkers in Surrey will join him on the day. He said: “In the last four years, the Autumn Friendship Walk has raised an impressive £37,800 for vital breast cancer research, so I’m thrilled to start this year’s walk to help the charity continue their mission to beat this disease. I hope that lots of men, women and children will join me on the day to make Painshill Park as pink as possible. It’ll be a great feeling to know that everyone who takes part will be stepping up to support the many thousands of women who are affected by breast cancer, so please sign up and make 2009’s walk the best yet.” Registration is £8 for the 4km route and £5 for the 2km route for adults. It is £2.50 for children on both routes. This fee includes entrance into Painshill Park and every participant will receive a medal and refreshments at the end of the walk. Campaign aims to raise £12,000 from this event, which will help fund vital research into breast cancer, so we encourage everyone to ask family and friends to sponsor them for taking part. Every day 125 people are diagnosed with breast cancer, so if you would like to help Campaign’s mission to beat this disease, please sign up for the walk by calling the Events team on 020 7749 4126 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 £14.1 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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