Women do the moon walk to raise money for charity
Angie Walsh, Clair McCarthy, Kaye Wills and Maggie Bunting got out and about; inset, Julia Peggs, Brenda Ryan and Lorna Stubbs got out and about also took on the challenge.

Angie Walsh, Clair McCarthy, Kaye Wills and Maggie Bunting got out and about; inset, Julia Peggs, Brenda Ryan and Lorna Stubbs got out and about also took on the challenge.

19th May 2021

By Suzanne Cleave

Two groups of ladies from Saltash joined the thousands of women, men and children who completed the Virtual MoonWalk London over the weekend.

For the first time, the iconic MoonWalk, organised by breast cancer charity Walk the Walk, took place during daylight, with walkers taking on challenges between six and 52 miles in their own areas.

Embracing an ‘Out of this World’ space theme, they raised awareness and money for cancer causes, while walking through villages, towns and cities across the UK and beyond.

At the MoonWalks during normal times, women and men proudly wear decorated bras as they take on their Midnight challenges. For the Virtual MoonWalk, walkers carried on the tradition by decorating their bras and many wore them attached to their bumbags.

Now that restrictions are slowly lifting and people are allowed to walk together in small groups, the virtual MoonWalk was the first opportunity that many had to meet up and walk with friends.
Julia Peggs, a Saltash town councillor, took part and walked a half-marathon distance with two friends – Brenda Ryan and Lorna Stubbs.

She said: “We had all seasons – sun, rain and wind, but we did it.”

This was the eighth charity walk the Saltash ladies have completed — adding to the five in London and two in Edinburgh.

Julia explained: “Last year it was cancelled because of the pandemic, and this year so many breast cancer charities really do need the money. They asked people to do the walk at home and we decided that we would take part.”

The trio started in Victoria Gardens, before heading over the bridge, up to Central Park, back across the bridge and in and around Saltash.

Julia said the support they received, both through donations and during their walk, was fantastic.
“People in Fore Street came out and clapped, some gave us chocolate brownies. People were tooting their horns and shouting to us — it was really good.

“A couple of friends also joined and walked 20 minutes or so with us. That was really lovely.”

Between them, the friends have raised over £1,700, with more money coming in. Julia said she was handed another £25 donation while she was out and about in the town on Monday.

“They’ve been absolutely brilliant. The people of Saltash are lovely. They’ve helped spur us on. It was great.”

Another group of Saltash ladies also completed the virtual moonwalk — Angie Walsh, Clair McCarthy, Kaye Wills and Maggie Bunting. They completed 26.2 miles in six hours and 59 minutes.

The ladies started at Latchbrook, headed over the bridge to Crownhill, Eggbuckland, Marsh Mills, Saltram Park, over Laira Bridge, Exeter Street, through the Barbican and up to the Hoe, through Union Street, over Devonport Bridge, past the college and Devonport High School for Boys, through Central Park, up to Manadon, Crownhill, West Park, Normandy Way and back over the bridge to finish in Saltash.

Angie said: “We have all done marathons before but this was Maggie’s first MoonWalk. It’s a good way to raise money for breast cancer research and fab for anyone who wants to do a marathon but may not want to do a running one.”

The Virtual MoonWalk London is on its way to reaching its £1 million target. The money will be granted to help support front-line cancer charities.

To register an interest in The MoonWalk London 2022, go to www.walkthewalk.org