WHEN Liz Tandy attempts her first 10-mile Pink Ribbonwalk at Blenheim next month, the mum-of-two says it will be a celebration of her loved ones’ victories over breast cancer.
Mrs Tandy, 40, a full-time mum from Wallingford, will be among hundreds of women taking part in the Pink Ribbonwalk in Woodstock on Saturday, May 11.
The event, which traces a 10-mile and 20-mile route through Blenheim and its surrounding villages, raises funds for the charity Breast Cancer Care, which offers support and advice to breast cancer sufferers.
Mrs Tandy said: “I was actually cajoled into taking part by my friend Donna Hamilton-Reed who lives in Cleethorpes.
“She did the 20-mile walk last year and loved it and is coming down to Oxfordshire especially for the event again.
“I wouldn’t say I am really fit, but walking my cocker spaniel Bertie keeps me on my toes, so I have signed up for the 10-mile walk and I am really excited at the prospect of being able to raise some money for a charity which helps so many people.”
Mrs Tandy will be supported on the day by her husband Matthew, 40, and their daughters Ellie, 10, and Lottie, six.
She said: “They say one person is diagnosed with breast cancer every 10 minutes and I have had experience of how shattering this illness can be.
“My friend Marian Lenane from Norfolk found out she had breast cancer two years ago, aged 36, when she was actually working as a radiographer, administering other people’s radiotherapy.
“She has a young son and although she said I was a help to her in trying to keep her positive throughout her treatment and the illness, I remember feeling absolutely terrified and helpless about what was happening to her.”
She added: “Thankfully Marian recovered and is now clear of cancer and for that I am so grateful.
“My husband’s aunt Sylvia Waller also beat breast cancer, although she died of the effects of multiple sclerosis last year.
“And so because of Sylvia and Marian I will be walking the Ribbonwalk with a real sense of celebrating both of their lives and what they have achieved and I am hoping to raise as much money as I can for Breast Cancer Care while I do it.”
Ribbonwalk participants choose either a 10 or 20-mile course and registration costs £30.
Walkers are required to raise a minimum of £175 sponsorship.
The event is followed by a village fete-style celebration including a medal, free barbeque, massage and entertainment.
Mrs Tandy said: “Hopefully the weather will be kind and I am looking forward to chatting with Donna and being part of something really special – and I am also hoping that my dog Bertie will join me half way round.
“It will be great exercise for him and hopefully he can also spur me on!”
Register to take part at pinkribbonwalk.org.uk