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100+ Power-Walking Women In Decorated Bras
And 40+ Runners Raises Funds For Bristol Cancer Help Centre

Sunday September 7th Bristol Half Marathon 2003

Over 100 power-walking ladies in decorated bras from health charity Walk the Walk, took part in the Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday September 7th to raise funds and awareness for the vital work of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre to support people affected by cancer using the world-famous Bristol Approach to cancer care, and for Breakthrough Breast Cancer for research. Forty runners also took part to raise funds for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre.

Walk the Walk's inspirational and dynamic founder Nina Barough led the teams - she has been to the Bristol Cancer Help Centre to benefit from the holistic programme of care herself, and has founded this unique organisation that enters teams of power-walking women in bras in marathons around the world. Walk the Walk Worldwide has granted funds for Bristol Cancer Help Centre - for cancer care and Breakthrough Breast Cancer - for research.

Nina Barough commented:

"The Bristol Cancer Help Centre is a place I - like many - hold close to my heart. I hope that funds granted by Walk the Walk will help the charity to extend their unique services to others coping with cancer.
"So many of us are touched by cancer in one way or another, and Walk the Walk taps into people's ability to transform that experience into a commitment to helping each other to deal with this challenge. At the same time power-walking a marathon is a fantastic way to get fit and have fun."

Chief Executive of Bristol Cancer Help Centre Christopher Head said:

"Thanks to the funds so generously granted by Walk the Walk, the Bristol Cancer Help Centre is able to help thousands more people to change the way they live with cancer, using a range of complementary therapies, self help techniques and practical advice on nutrition.
"We have been able to develop a well-used community programme providing support to people affected by cancer in Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire, as well as to offer more residential courses for people with cancer and those close to them, run by experienced teams of doctors, nurses and complementary therapists.
"Once again Nina and Walk the Walk have made a unique and special contribution to the Bristol Half Marathon and the Centre has been delighted to welcome them back."

Runner Danny Burke made sure that the running team raising funds for the Centre also stood out from the crowd - as his outfit was decorated with five pieces of fruit and vegetables to illustrate the Bristol Cancer Help Centre's commitment to communicating clear healthy eating messages, and providing people with practical information on nutrition.

Caroline Barnard the charity's sports events co-ordinator praised the dedication of all the runners who took part in the event for the Centre commenting:

" I know how much hard work is involved for busy people to set aside the time to train, on top of work and family commitments. Our team of runners were fantastic, and I was delighted to be able to provide fitness and nutrition advice to all who needed it, as part of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre's support available for everyone taking part in our challenge events."

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Notes to editors

  1. Walk the Walk is a young dynamic charity, founded by the inspirational Nina Barough, it enters teams of power walking women wearing decorated bras into marathons throughout the world and grants funds to national cancer charities the Bristol Cancer Help Centre - for cancer care, and to Breakthrough Breast Cancer - for research. Walk the Walk organises it's own annual event in London - the Playtex Moonwalk which this year attracted a record 15,000 participants.
  2. The Bristol Cancer Help Centre was founded in 1980 by the late Penny Brohn a woman living with cancer, and her great friend Pat Pilkington to support people living with cancer and those close to them. It is the UK's leading holistic cancer charity that has pioneered and specialises in the world famous Bristol Approach to cancer care that provides a unique range of physical, emotional and spiritual support to help people to deal with the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings.
  3. The charity offers information and support through Bristol Approach residential courses at the Centre providing people affected by cancer with a unique programme of care combining complementary therapies, self-help techniques, including practical advice on nutrition, and emotional support. The charity's Cancerpoint service enables people with cancer in Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire to access individual appointments with the Centre's therapy team.
  4. The Bristol Approach works hand in hand with conventional medical treatment, and has been developed and is delivered by the charity's experienced multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and complementary therapists.
  5. The charity also works to integrate a holistic approach into mainstream cancer services, and to develop good practice in the field of complementary cancer care, training over 500 health professionals and complementary therapists a year, in using the Bristol Approach to support people with cancer.
  6. For information and support contact the Bristol Cancer Help Centre National Telephone Helpline on 0845 123 23 10 email helpline@bristolcancerhelp.org or log onto www.bristolcancerhelp.org