The Pink Sisters Step out for The StarWalk

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        Pink Sisters Sarah and Ann

A group of breast cancer survivors dubbed the ‘Pink Sisters’ are calling on Cumbrians of all ages to get behind the Kendal StarWalk event to help raise funds for local people facing cancer.

The 8th Annual StarWalk takes place on Saturday 26th April with over 500 local people expected to run, walk or jog 5k or 15k their way around Kendal town centre. Organised by local cancer support charity CancerCare, the annual StarWalk event has fast become one of the biggest of its kind in Cumbria.

And one very special group of local women will be taking part together this year – the Pink Sisters.

Amongst them is local mum of two Ann Kirby.   “I am very proud to be a Pink Sister,” says Ann. “We are taking part in the StarWalk this year because we want to give something back to CancerCare who’ve helped us through some really hard times.” 

The group of local women first met at CancerCare’s Slynedales Centre last year whilst attending a Breast Cancer Recovery Program, developed by Bridgette Wright, a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the University of Cumbria. The women remain firm friends to this day.

Ann says, “Having cancer can make you feel so lonely at times but being able to meet other women going through the same experiences can really make a difference.”

“Our group met for 12 weeks and during that time we took part in loads of activities together including Zumba, Pilates, nutrition sessions and singing classes – and even belly dancing. We thought that the name Pink Sisters summed us up very well. We still meet regularly for a meal, cake & chat. We have a very close bond that means we will be friends for life.”

“I lost a close friend before Christmas so I’ve been going back to CancerCare for some relaxation massage to help.”

CancerCare supports local people like Ann whose lives are affected by cancer as well as their families, carers and anyone who has been bereaved by cancer. They offer a wide range of free professional support services delivered by experienced and qualified staff including counselling, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy massage, creative art therapies and exercise classes to name but a few.  The charity also offers a dedicated Children and Young People’s Service for children as young as three.

Sarah and GT at Loch na Keal3Fellow Pink Sister Sarah Abbott from Kendal was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2011 and is now in recovery from her illness. She says;

“Cancer is so much more than a physical disease – it affects your confidence and the way you feel about yourself. It affects your family and everyone close to you. But CancerCare have really helped me. It’s such a friendly welcoming place with genuine caring staff. I still pop in to see them from time to time. And I’ve also met some great friends there – including my Pink Sisters!”

“That’s why we’re doing the StarWalk because we want to give something back to CancerCare. Their services are so valuable and totally free of charge which is amazing.”

“We are so lucky to have them on our doorsteps. It’s the only service of its kind in the area so we need to ensure they will always be here and support their fundraising through events like the StarWalk. You never know if you or someone close to you might need their help. They could be your lifeline.”

StarWalk event organiser Helen Hartin from CancerCare says;

“Many of our participants who take part - including the Pink Sisters- will be walking or running in support of someone they know who has experienced cancer or in memory of a loved one, so the atmosphere on the night is always very special.  It will be emotional of course, but also very uplifting.”

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The StarWalk has raised over half a million pounds to date all of which helps support CancerCare’s vital work in helping adults and children affected by cancer in South Lakeland. And unlike other national charity walk events, all the money raised through the Kendal StarWalk will remain in the local area.

Entry for this year’s StarWalk is £15 per adult and £12 for under 16s. To register visit www.starwalk.org.uk

Once registered, participants will receive a fundraising pack containing loads of tips and ideas on how to raise sponsorship for CancerCare as well as information about the night itself. Everyone who takes part will also receive a goody bag, bacon butty, and a special edition StarWalk T-shirt.

The event kicks off from 8pm at Kendal Leisure Centre with live entertainment including X Factor star Paul Akister, Bay Radio’s Danny Matthews, the StarWalk group warm up, and massive balloon drop.

For more information about CancerCare’s services please call 01524 381 820 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow CancerCare on Twitter @CancerCareLocal or on FaceBook at ‘CancerCareCharity.’

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1 in 3 of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. 25 people are diagnosed with cancer every day in North Lancashire and South Lakeland.   CancerCare is a local charity providing support to people affected by cancer, their families, carers and those bereaved by cancer.

All CancerCare services are provided free of charge can only continue to do so as a direct result of fundraising and the generous donations from local people. CancerCare is 95% funded by charitable donations. CancerCare work closely with the NHS but only receive a small amount of funding from them each year.

The StarWalk 2014 is kindly sponsored by The Bay Radio.

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