Taking a Walk on the Westside

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AROUND 100 women took a Walk on the Westside yesterday to show their support for Suffolk Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Dressed in pink, with wigs, tutus and even a few fairy wings, the women gathered at Ickworth House Hotel, in Horringer, to begin their four or eleven mile walk through Ickworth’s grounds – even some of the canine companions wore pink.

Breast cancer ' walk on the westside' at Ickworth House''Pictured: From left: Sarah Crabtree, Shirley Martin, Cindy Grapes and Polly Willcox

Breast cancer ' walk on the westside' at Ickworth House''Pictured: From left: Sarah Crabtree, Shirley Martin, Cindy Grapes and Polly Willcox

Deborah Blumfield, a mother-of-two from Bury St Edmunds, was among the friendly group for the fifth year.

The 52-year-old said: “I’m a breast cancer survivor – I was diagnosed in 2006 and had a mastectomy and re-constructive surgery through West Suffolk Hospital in 2008.

“I want to put something back so there’s research for other women coming through because it’s now affecting one in eight women, and men too.” Fellow participant, Sarah Crabtree, was taking part for the ninth time, having supported the event since it first came to Bury in 2004.

She said: “It’s a positive occasion and a fun day out to raise awareness and to raise a good amount of money - it’s important to be striving ahead with what can find a cure.”

Breast cancer ' walk on the westside' at Ickworth House

Breast cancer ' walk on the westside' at Ickworth House

Organiser Bonk Tasker said the thousands of pounds raised by the day’s ‘extraordinary’ women would help aid research for Breakthrough Breast Cancer scientists.

To find out what you can do to help, visit: www.suffolkbreakthroughevents.co.uk