Surrey walkers unite against breast cancer

Press Release For immediate use: 21 September 2009 Press contact: Louise Garrahan, Media Relations Officer, Breast Cancer Campaign, DD 0207 749 3724, Email: lgarrahan@breastcancercampaign.org Surrey walkers unite against breast cancer Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey, was awash with pink on Saturday (19 September) as over 100 walkers stepped up to beat breast cancer at the annual Autumn Friendship Walk for Breast Cancer Campaign. Men, women and children of all ages came together for the fifth annual Surrey stroll and are set to raise over £5000 to help Campaign continue funding world-class breast cancer research. The Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor James Vickers, started the walk and joined locals along the 8k route past the Ruined Abbey, Gothic Temple and Vineyard. He said afterwards: “It’s been a truly wonderful day and great to see so many people in our local community walking together to support this very worthwhile cause. Thankfully the sun shone all day and I loved seeing everyone dressed in pink to highlight breast cancer awareness. I hope the walk will return next year even bigger and pinker than before.” The money raised from this walk will fund research into breast cancer like the project by Dr. Jo Morris at Guy’s Hospital, London which aims to make genetic testing for breast cancer more accurate. Campaign’s Events Executive, Sarah England, added: “Everyone who took part had a great time and the setting was beautiful. Sadly, 125 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every day so it’s important that more people get involved with events like this to raise money for breast cancer research, so please contact us if you would like to fundraise for Campaign.” If you couldn’t take part in the Friendship Walk but would like to get involved in an event for Campaign, why not step up to the challenge of STEP ON IT – our individual walking initiative? If you would like to walk a step for every person diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year (that’s 46,000 steps) in 46 hours while raising money for research, please call the Events Team on 020 7749 4126 or visit www.friendshipwalks.co.uk/steponit ENDS Picture caption: Walkers at the Autumn Walk 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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