A walk in aid of Hull & East Riding based breast cancer charity is to take place in October, during Breast Cancer Awareness month, to kick start a new series of walks for all including those who have or are battling the disease.
The Pink Butterfly Walk takes place on Sunday 9 October to raise funds for Hull & East Riding (HER) Breast Friends, a local charity offering support and friendship to all those who have been affected by breast cancer, whether that be personally or through family, friends or colleagues.
The walk, which starts with registration at 10am, will be a circular walk from Skidby Mill, Skidby with walkers having the option of following a 10K route, 7K route or taking a short stroll of around 45 minutes.
The walk is being supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s walking for health scheme which has recently trained up two members of HER Breast Friends to deliver walking for health walks.
It is hoped that the Pink Butterfly walk will be the first of many walks in various locations across the East Riding aimed at everyone, especially those who have experienced breast cancer and their families and friends.
Charity Manager Jayne Beck said:
“The Charity, is now in its’ 11th year of supporting local people affected by breast cancer.
“We are always looking for new ideas to promote breast health awareness whilst raising funds within the local community and having the Walk for Health scheme supporting us is fantastic.”
Healthy lifestyles development officer Laura Hutchinson, who helps to deliver the Walking for Health scheme locally, said:
“We are really pleased to be working with the HER Breast Friends to help get these new walks started.
“The charity walk will be the perfect way to raise awareness and launch the new walks while raising vital funds for such a good cause.
“I would encourage anyone who wants to get walking again, or just get out there and enjoy a fun morning with like minded people, to sign up and get involved.”
The Walking for Health scheme is a series of free guided walks for all ages and abilities, aimed at anyone who has an interest in walking or wants to slowly introduce exercise into their daily routines as part of rehabilitation from illness, injury or to get fit.
The walks, which take place at various locations across the East Riding, are part of the National Walking for Health programme, which is governed by Macmillan Cancer Care and the Ramblers Association.
The scheme is currently recruiting new volunteer walk leaders, with the next training course due to take place at Cottingham Civic Hall, 10-10.30am on Tuesday 4 October.
The scheme is keen to attract volunteers to lead shorter 30 minute walks or to start up a new walk in their local area.
Entry to the Pink Butterfly walk is open to everyone and costs £5 per person, children under the age of 12 go free but must be accompanied by a paying adult, and the cost of entry includes butterfly wings or deeley boppers, a fun quiz and map. Any sponsorship is not mandatory but welcomed!
Vice Chair of the charity Pam Trays added:
“We always aim to put the fun into fundraising and our intention is to do just that with our first Charity Pink Butterfly Walk, where families and friends will be seen around the Skidby and Risby countryside wearing pink deeley boppers and butterfly wings. What a wonderful way to launch our walking group.”
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