Women on a mission to fight breast cancer

Rachel Terry holding her son William and sister Rebecca Thompson.
Rachel Terry holding her son William and sister Rebecca Thompson.

TWO WOMEN from the Horsham district are doing their bit to fight cancer by taking part in a sponsored 20 mile walk for Breast Cancer Care.

Rachel Terry, 34, from Billingshurst and Kate Duke, 43, from Storrington, are doing the Pink Ribbon Walk on Saturday May 26.

Participants can either do a ten or 20 mile event and Rachel, of Marringdean Road, who took part in her first Pink Ribbonwalk in 2009, will be trying the 20 mile walk for the first time.

The mother of two, who will be walking with her sister Rebecca, said: “Last year I lost a friend to breast cancer.

“When she was in remission she rallied us all together to do the walk and we did the ten mile walk.

“In 2009 she got quite poorly and I did it again in 2010. She died in 2011 and so I just feel impelled to do it again.

“Heidi found Breast Cancer Care very helpful. She was quite a strong character and she fought to the end.

“She was only young - close to her 40th birthday. We met through the Childbirth Trust and we have children the same age, so it was very real.

“It could have been any of us.”

With one person being diagnosed with the disease every ten minutes, there are thousands of people the Breast Cancer Care help.

Kate, of Bracken Lane, Storrington, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and it will be her first Pink Ribbonwalk.

She said: “Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 I try to do a charity event each year and having a goal to work towards helps keep me fit and motivated.

“I am really looking forward to the Breast Cancer Care Pink Ribbonwalk at Petworth House.

“I am walking the 20 mile route with a big group of friends and I know I will feel immensely proud when we all cross that finish line together!”

Since her treatment, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy Kate has had a baby, a daughter who is now three years old.

There is still time to register for the walk, which starts and finishes at the stunning 17th century mansion, Petworth House set in a beautiful 700-acre deer park.

The walking route will take participants through some of the most magnificent British countryside, including access to private grounds usually closed to the public.

Walkers are encouraged to bring family, friends and colleagues, and together enjoy a village fete style celebration upon crossing the finish line, including a well-earned medal, barbecue, massage and entertainment.

It costs £30 to register to take part but walkers are required to raise a minimum of £175 worth of sponsorship to help fund Breast Cancer Care’s support services so that no one need face a breast cancer diagnosis alone.

To register for the walk or sponsor Rachel or Kate go to www.pinkribbonwalk.org.uk or call 0870 145 0101.