Fund-raisers take a ‘walk on the westside’ for breast cancer charity

Walk on the Westside, Ickworth House ANL-150514-114503009
Walk on the Westside, Ickworth House ANL-150514-114503009
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Resplendent in pink fancy dress, more than 100 women put their best foot forward in an annual walk to raise £5,800 for a leading breast cancer charity.

Choosing either a four mile or 11 mile route around Ickworth Park, they celebrated the 10th anniversary of Suffolk Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s ‘Walk on the Westside’.

Walk on the Westside, Ickworth House ANL-150514-114705009

Walk on the Westside, Ickworth House ANL-150514-114705009

Organiser Bonk Tasker said: “It’s an incredible way to heighten awareness and bring people together.

“Many local businesses have donated prizes or taken part for the last 10 years and we really appreciate their support.”

Wearing a variety of outifits, the fund-raisers even brought their dogs sporting pink bows and leads.

There were water and chocolate stops, accompanied by live music from Nick Lowe and a glass of pink fizz at eight miles to add to the occasion.

The day was rounded off with a buffet lunch at The Ickworth Hotel and a luxury raffle with prizes donated by businesses and friends.

Two 10th year celebration cakes were crafted by Gill Cooksey and Alison Bond.

There were prizes for the ‘best dressed team’ and for the ‘best behaved dog’.

Penny White, joint fund-raiser and volunteer for Suffolk Breakthrough Breast Cancer Group, said: “Everyone loves the relaxed atmosphere and the chance to enjoy a leisurely walk with friends and have a bit of fun dressing up.

“All you can hear is laughter as the group follow the course – it’s magical.”

She added “We are so grateful for all the continued support we receive from local retailers and businesses with special thanks to Albany Interiors Ltd, The Ickworth Hotel, The National Trust and Stephen John Hairdressers.”