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Giant leaps for Pamela and breast cancer charity with MoonWalks

Pam Thompson and Jenny Darrock at the London MoonWalk. Photo supplied. (2451613)
Pam Thompson and Jenny Darrock at the London MoonWalk. Photo supplied. (2451613)

A mother-of-two from Spalding is taking on three overnight walking marathons in three countries to raise money for a breast cancer charity.

Finance manager Pamela Thompson, originally of Long Sutton, and her friend Jenny Darroch, are taking part in three “Moonwalks” over a five-week period in aid of Walk the Walk.

The friends completed the second stage of their triple challenge, the Edinburgh Moonwalk at Holyrood Park, on Saturday, having done a London Moonwalk around Clapham Common four weeks ago.

Jenny Darroch and Pam Thompson at London MoonWalk 2017. Photo supplied. (2452145)
Jenny Darroch and Pam Thompson at London MoonWalk 2017. Photo supplied. (2452145)

What makes the walk unique is that Pamela and Jenny completed the walks while wearing decorated bras and they will be repeating the exercise in Iceland on Saturday.

Pamela, who also has two grandchildren, said: "Jenny and I completed three Moonwalks together prior to this year and we are always looking for a new challenge to keep the sponsorship money coming in.

"So this year, we are excited to be doing the Three Land Challenge together which are three marathons within five weeks.

"We power walk pretty much as fast as we can for the full 26.2 miles so it's not easy and walking through the night is by far the toughest part of the challenge.

"But we do it to raise money, and awareness, for Walk the Walk and for other breast cancer charities as well."

Jenny, of Murrow, near Sutton St Edmund, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.

But despite undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Jenny started training for a Moonwalk in 2015 and she is now back in shape to take on three power walking marathons spread over May and June.

Jenny said: "All three power walking marathons, across parks in England and Scotland, as well as in Lake Myvatan and Reykjavik, Iceland, are overnight and all three are for Walk The Walk which is grant- making charity that supports breast cancer research and patients.

"The first of these marathons, the London MoonWalk, saw us walk the traditional marathon distance of 26.2 miles alongside 15,000 other women.

"We then headed to Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, to take on the MoonWalk Scotland on Saturday night and, this Saturday, we’ll be crossing the sea to Iceland to take part in a Summer Solstice Marathon in the Northern Hemisphere.

"Prior to this year, I’d completed five MoonWalks, but this is my biggest challenge to date because walking through the night is the toughest part of the challenge.

"Also, with Edinburgh and Iceland being only one week apart, ensuring that we don’t pick up blisters or injuries will be really important."

Since 1996, Edinburgh-based Walk the Walk has raised more than £125 million to support projects benefiting breast cancer patients like Jenny.

She said: "I really enjoy giving something back to a charity that supported me in the hope that I can inspire others to stay fit and healthy, whilst also raising money for such a good cause."

Pamela said: "I'm pleased to say that Jenny is now back to full fitness as she is my inspiration for every

marathon I walk."

Pam Thompson and Jenny Darroch at the London Moonwalk 2018. Photo supplied. (2452291)
Pam Thompson and Jenny Darroch at the London Moonwalk 2018. Photo supplied. (2452291)

Nina Barough, founder and chief executive of Walk the Walk said: "The MoonWalks are all about raising money, raising awareness, getting fit, and having fun.

"The charity has come a very long way in our 21 years, not only encouraging people to become fitter and healthier, but it has also played an important part in funding some of the ground-breaking advancements we have seen in the treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer.

"Now we need to find a cure for breast cancer so that everybody has a chance of survival.

"This is why it is so important that we all keep on Walking the Walk because it is only with each person uniting together and doing their little bit that our goal will become a reality."

To sponsor Pamela and Jenny, visit https://3landchallenge2018.everydayhero.com/uk/green-goddesses.


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