Workmates answer charity calling

FOUR call centre workers from Ipswich put their best feet forward to take part in a 26-mile sponsored walk for breast cancer charities.

FOUR call centre workers from Ipswich put their best feet forward to take part in a 26-mile sponsored walk for breast cancer charities.

Lisa Carrington, Coral Amey, Cathy McLean and Jackie Powell, who work at Ansaback on Ransomes Europark, joined thousands of other people for the overnight London Moonwalk.

Dressed in decorated bras, the group - also joined by their friend Sherryl Eastall - stuck together for the duration of the trek which took them around eight-and-a-half hours.

They also donned pink jackets with Ansaback Angels written on the back which had been donated by the company.


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Miss Carrington, of Anglesea Road, Ipswich, said money was still coming in but the group had raised more than �1,000 from the Moonwalk on May 15.

She said: “I heard about the walk after Coral sent round an email asking for people that wanted to take part in it.

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“We sent off the forms and heard a couple of months later that we had got in, I think we might have been the last few people to get places.

“In January we started meeting up at Alton Water and Felixstowe on Sundays to train together.”

Miss Carrington, 27, added: “The hardest thing was when we started because normally I would be tucked up in bed at that time and it was just a case of physically trying to stay awake.

“The 20 or 21-mile point was hard, it was quite difficult by then.”

She said the group - who are from Ipswich except for Mrs Amey from Brantham and Ms Powell of Felixstowe - had not been directly affected by breast cancer but wanted to do their bit for charity.

She added: “None of us are runners so the Moonwalk seemed like the ideal challenge.”

Mrs Amey said: “It was a real experience and at times quite surreal.

“I don't think any of us were prepared for how emotional it would be but walking behind people with pictures and names on their backs like 'this is for you mum' was really moving.”

Moonwalks take place across the world and have raised millions of pounds for breast cancer charities.

Are you taking part in a charity challenge? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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