Hundreds join cancer charity walk

MORE than 200 walkers strode out along the Suffolk coast yesterday to help raise an expected £16,000 for breast cancer research.Women, men, children and dogs took part in the five-mile Suffolk Coastal Stride from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and back again.

By David Green

MORE than 200 walkers strode out along the Suffolk coast yesterday to help raise an expected £16,000 for breast cancer research.

Women, men, children and dogs took part in the five-mile Suffolk Coastal Stride from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and back again.

Robin Dann, 31, and his friend Chris Doughty completed the route on stilts, raising about £600 between them.

Mr Dann, a self-employed dry-liner and decorator from Saxmundham, said: “When I lived in Canada, my job as a dry liner involved wearing stilts.This enabled me to work at height and reach the ceilings with my tools.”

Yesterday's walk was organised by Cancer Research UK and was spart of a series of 60 autumn walks all over the UK as part of the charity's All Join Together campaign.

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The campaign aims to increase awareness of breast cancer and involve local communities in raising funds for research.

It was the third time one of the walks had been held at Aldeburgh and it was once more a family event with parents, children and pet dogs all taking part, as well as lone walkers.

Many people wore pink and it was a colourful procession of people that streamed along the Suffolk coastal path.

Among those walking were women who had been treated for breast cancer, which is now the most common cancer in the UK and is diagnosed in 42,000 women every year.

Eight in every 10 cases involve women over 50 years of age. But thanks to research, better treatments and earlier detection, the death rate from the disease has fallen by a fifth over the past decade.

Nicki Stapleton, Cancer Research UK's Suffolk-based community fundraiser, said the walk had been very successful and had raised a huge amount of money for a vital cause.

About 250 people had taken part and of all ages, from toddlers in buggies to pensioners.

“Everyone's had a fantastic time in the gorgeous weather,” she said.

The walk started at 10.30am and my lunch-time most people had completed the route.

n To find out how you can support Cancer Research UK's All Join Together campaign, visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/breastcancer or call your local fundraising office on 08701 60 20 40.

david.green@eadt.co.uk

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