Women Moonwalk for good cause

A DEDICATED daughter will walk the streets of London in a bid to raise as much money as possible for charity.

A DEDICATED daughter will walk the streets of London in a bid to raise as much money as possible for charity.

Samantha Powell will take part in this weekend's Moonwalk event, on May 15, in which thousands of women walk 26 miles throughout the night in aid of breast cancer.

Inspired by her mother, Katarzyna Powell, 62, who has secondary breast cancer, she will walk with friend Louise Smith in a challenging circuit from Hyde Park, through St James' Park, passing Big Ben, along the Victoria Embankment, passing the Tate Modern, The Globe, Westminster and back to Hyde Park.

The pair, who are both 25, have been training hard and building up their stamina with regular walks, trips to the gym and swimming and hope to raise �800 between them.

This year will be the 14th Moonwalk and the aim of organisers is to top the �8,777,177 that was raised last year.

Miss Powell, of MacKenzie Road, Thetford, a data entry clerk at TNT, who is getting married in July, and has two children, said: “I think we'll do it just because of how determined we are.

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“It's going to be so great on the night and we can see the money needs to be raised. If it wasn't for people doing things like this my mother wouldn't be having the treatment she's having and neither would the other people we've met.”

Her mother, 60, who lives with the family in Thetford, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. Since then she has undergone bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, and was given the all clear in August 2008. By January 2009 however, the cancer had returned and spread to her bones, liver and lungs.

“It's been a tough time but there's a reason behind what we're doing,” Miss Powell added.

To sponsor Ms Powell email her at sampowell2504@yahoo.com.

A BUILDING society worker will swap her work uniform for something a little more revealing when she also takes part in the moonwalk this weekend.

Caroline Wheeler, a customer adviser at Norwich and Peterborough Building Society in Watton, will complete the “half-moon” route, 13 miles, wearing a brightly coloured bra.

She said: “I'm really excited about taking part in the Moonwalk. “I usually run the Race for Life, but wanted to do something to challenge me a little more this year and 13 miles is definitely going to do that, although at least I'm walking it.

“I've been doing my best to raise lots of money as I think it's such a brilliant cause.

“My friend is decorating my bra, so I won't actually know what it'll look like until the day before the walk.

“Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far and, if anyone else wishes to, they can pop in and see me at the Watton branch.”