24th April 2003

 

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER GET READY FOR MOONWALK

 

A mother and daughter from Grimsby will be donning their bras and walking through the streets of London in the dead of night to raise money for a breast cancer charity.

 

Jessica McKenzie (20), a student at the University of Lincoln, and her mum Janet (51), who works for BT, are to take part in the Playtex Moonwalk in London on 10th / 11th May.

 

Around 15,000 women and a few brave men are expected to take part in the annual event which has now become the biggest power-walking marathon in the world.

 

Walkers wearing decorated bras set off at midnight from Battersea Park and walk past Tower Bridge, Regents Park and Hyde Park before returning to Battersea Park after a 26-mile marathon walk. The walkers arrive back at anything between 3am and 11am.

Walk the Walk, which organises the event, was founded in 1997 when 13 women power-walked the New York Marathon in their bras and raised over 25,000 for breast cancer research.

 

This now thriving charity has raised over 5 million to date for breast cancer research and cancer care and hopes to raise at least 4 million this year.

The Playtex Moonwalk was first staged in 1998 as an alternative to the London Marathon after some Walk the Walk volunteers were unable to secure places in the main event.

 

I watched last years Moonwalk on television and thought Id like to enter this year as I had an auntie who died of cancer, said Jessica, who is in the second year of her Advertising and Marketing course at the University of Lincoln.

 

Its a good cause and Id like to raise as much as possible.

 

Jessica and her mother have been training three times a week and Jessica has just completed a 20-mile walk in readiness for the big event next month.

 

I do go to the gym regularly but this has definitely improved my fitness, she said.

 

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If you would like to arrange a photograph please note that Jessica will be returning to university on Saturday 26th April.

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042) email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk