Turning the town pink - Avon charity walk returns

READY TO GO Walkers at last year's Tell Walk
READY TO GO Walkers at last year's Tell Walk

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RAISING money and awareness for breast cancer, Sharon Forder is looking forward to her fourth charity walk.

The area sales manager for Avon set up the Tell Walk – a pink walk in aid of Avon’s Breast Cancer Crusade.

The walk, that stands for Tell Every Lovely Lady, will see streams of people walking three miles from Canoe Lake to Clarence Pier and back again.

Since the walk began, in 2009, it has managed to raise more than £6,500 for charity and this year will be looking to add significantly to that amount.

Sharon, from Southsea, said: ‘Avon as a company raises money for breast cancer but a few years ago I thought it would be nice to set something up that everyone can do and organise a charity walk.

‘People raise money for all different charities, all of which are worthy causes so I wanted to do something myself.

‘I know close family, friends and other relations who have had breast cancer so it is something that I know a lot about.

‘I know what people go through when they have it.

‘So I wanted to arrange a family event that children can come to along with people of any age.

‘There are a lot of people who have kids so it’s nice to give them the chance to come along.

‘In the past, we have had people in wheelchairs, kids on bikes and even people with their dogs so it really is for everyone.

‘Breast cancer affects so many people and most people know someone who has suffered with any type of cancer so the walk is really important.’

And with the pink-clad walkers standing out as they walk, Sharon added that people stop them to see what they are doing.

This year, the walk is taking place on October 6 and starts at 10.30am from the children’s playground at Canoe Lake, in Southsea.

It is raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Sharon added: ‘I am really looking forward to it this year because with each one we have got bigger.

‘People see us and say they would have liked to take part so when it next comes around, they do.

‘I have been impressed with the amount we have managed to raise over the years but I never set a target because even the smallest donations help.

‘Sometimes I wish I could just do charity work every day because it means so much to so many people.

‘This year, I just hope the weather holds out to make it more enjoyable.’

To order a sponsor form call Sharon on 07966 173399 or email her at sharon.forder@avon.com