The Škoda retailer network supports many charities but when the staff at Williams Škoda, the local retailer in Bristol, read about four women who were going to walk 26 miles through London at night - in their bras – they couldn’t resist offering a helping hand.

The four brave ladies, Amanda Moss, Pearl Nunn and Diane Newman of Clevedon, and Fiona Neate of Nallsea, will be participating in The Playtex Moonwalk 2003 event on May 10, in order to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Bristol Cancer Help Centre.

The annual Moonwalk is organised by the charity Walk the Walk, which was established six years ago by Nina Barough in New York. She had the idea of power-walking the New York marathon in decorated bras to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. As support grew, the charity was set up and a dedicated 26 mile walk was set up in London, starting at midnight and finishing at about seven o’clock in the morning – the only major power-walking event in the world.

The two charities supported by Walk the Walk were chosen because they offer help to breast cancer sufferers now, and in the future. The Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity is committed to fighting breast cancer through research and awareness and the Bristol Cancer Help Centre provides a holistic approach for those suffering from cancer. The centre offers residential and day courses about nutrition, healing and relaxation to help sufferers adopt a lifestyle that can strengthen both mind and body. In 2002, Walk the Walk raised £2,813,528.

The team from the Bristol area had raised about £800 in sponsorship but had no way of travelling to London without spending their sponsorship money on train or coach fares. This is where Williams Škoda stepped in with the offer of driving them to and from London in a new Škoda Superb – with plenty of leg-room in the back of the car, the team will have plenty of space to stretch their weary legs on the way home.

Published : 07/05/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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