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Show love this Valentine’s Day and join The MoonWalk Scotland

Walk the Walk is encouraging people to show their love for walking this Valentine’s Day and make a real difference to others.

A young couple taking part in The MoonWalk Scotland last year

Walk the Walk is encouraging people to show their love for walking this Valentine’s Day and make a real difference to others.

Swap flowers, chocolates and champagne in favour of fitness, fundraising and a lasting feel-good factor by signing up with a loved one for Scotland’s original and best walking challenge, The MoonWalk Scotland.

The breast cancer charity, famous for its trademark decorated bras, is urging women, men and young people to be part of the magical event on Saturday 8th June.

With a fabulous circus theme, the 14th MoonWalk Scotland will see walkers winding their way past some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks, including Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill and St Giles Cathedral.

From clowns, to ringmasters, trapeze artists and all things ‘The Greatest Showman’, Walk the Walk is hoping people will let their imaginations go crazy as they decorate their Circus-inspired bras to wear at the event.

Open to people aged 10 and over, Walkers can take on one of four challenges: The New Moon (6.55 miles), Half Moon (13.1 miles), Full Moon (26.2 miles) or Over The Moon (52.4 miles).

More than 85,000 people have taken part in The MoonWalk Scotland over the years, helping to raise more than £20.5 million. Most of the money raised from the event stays in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with cancer now. More than 4,700 women and men in Scotland are diagnosed with breast cancer each year*.

Founder of Walk the Walk, and organiser of The MoonWalk Scotland, Nina Barough CBE, said: “Every single MoonWalk is an exciting experience that just keeps on getting better each year, and I never cease to be amazed by the thousands of inspirational walkers, women, men and our younger walkers, who come together and unite in a common cause. Many come from other parts of the UK and indeed the world, but with the growing needs for our funds on the front line of cancer, it is vital for us to keep on walking, and to encourage everybody to do their bit by joining us in raising money, raising awareness and to just start Walking the Walk!”

Don’t miss The MoonWalk Scotland, Saturday 8th June. Power Walk through the streets of Edinburgh at Midnight wearing a decorated bra, as you raise money and awareness for breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk. Sign up now: www.walkthewalk.org

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*Source: Breast Cancer Now, February 2019

 

The MoonWalk Scotland 2019

  • Saturday 8th June 2019, Holyrood Park Edinburgh
  • Four walking challenges are available: New Moon (6.55 miles), Half Moon (13.1 miles), Full Moon (26.2 miles), Over The Moon (52.4 miles)
  • This year’s theme is ‘Circus’.
  • The New Moon costs £32.50 for adults and £18 for Young Walkers aged 10-12
  • The cost of entering the Half Moon and Full Moon is £49.50 – minimum age 13
  • The cost of entering Over The Moon is £77.50 – minimum age 18. Walkers taking part in Over The Moon are asked to raise a minimum of £350 in sponsorship.
  • Walkers taking part in the New Moon, Half Moon or Full Moon are asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship, with Young Walkers asked to simply raise as much as they can.
  • Walk the Walk is the principal funder of the Maggie’s Centre at Gartnavel, Glasgow and Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert. A grant was also made towards the Lanarkshire Centre in the grounds of Monklands Hospital in Airdrie. Maggie’s Centres offer support to people diagnosed with all types of cancer, as well as providing emotional support for their families.
  • Walk the Walk has also funded the renovation of Ward 6, a new theatre and renovation of the Mammography Unit at the Breast Cancer Institute at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital.
  • Walk the Walk is committed to providing funding to hospitals across Scotland and the UK to purchase Scalp Cooling systems, special machines which are helping many people undergoing chemotherapy to retain their hair. Walk the Walk has funded 57 Scalp Coolers in 26 Scottish hospitals.

Walk the Walk

  • Walk the Walk specialises in fitness and Power Walking challenges.
  • HRH The Prince of Wales is the official Patron of Walk the Walk.
  • Walk the Walk has so far raised in excess of £127 million.
  • As a grant-making charity, all funds are raised for Walk the Walk and then granted to where the charity feels they will do the most good.
  • Walk the Walk funds are granted to projects that not only support research, important to all our future health, but also support a variety of projects that are supporting cancer patients now throughout the UK.
  • To date grants have been made to charities and organisations throughout the UK including Breast Cancer Now, The Breast Cancer Haven, Penny Brohn UK and hundreds of NHS Hospitals and Trusts for which we supply Scalp Cooling Systems.
  • The charity also has a community grant fund which each year grants to smaller organisations. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, Tenovus Cancer Care, The Christie, Cancer Kin, FACT and others, all receive funds which enable them to continue their work.
  • ‘The MoonWalk’ is the flagship event of the charity currently held in Scotland, London and Iceland.