24th April 2003

 

CHARITY TO BENEFIT FROM MIDNIGHT KAT WALK

 

A university administrator is set to don her bra and walk through the streets of London in the dead of night to raise money for a breast cancer charity.

 

Kat Seddon (24), a marketing assistant at the University of Lincoln, is 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.

 

Its a fantastic opportunity to raise money for such a worthy cause and Ive had lots of support for what Im doing, said Kat, who is about to take up a new post as accommodation development manager at the University of Nottingham.

 

Its a really fun thing to do and Im sure the event will be an uplifting experience for everyone who takes part.

 

Kat hopes to raise over 200 from the event. Anyone who would like to sponsor her should contact the university marketing department on 01522 886358.

 

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

 

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