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Thousands of walkers show off their bras to raise cash for cancer charity

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Scotland's MoonWalk saw thousands of people take to the streets of Edinburgh wearing decorated bras to raise money for Walk the Walk at the weekend

Thousands of walkers of all ages swung their tartan as they walked through the streets of Edinburgh on Saturday night at The MoonWalk Scotland, organised by breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.

Wearing decorated bras adorned with all things Scottish – from Highland cows to thistles, saltires and of course, lots and lots of tartan – walkers set off from Holyrood Park at midnight to take on a quarter, half, full or double marathon, raising money and awareness for breast cancer.

Before the first step had even been taken, more than £400,000 had been raised with the overall total expected to be even more once it is finalised.

“It was a magnificent night,” Nina Barough CBE, founder and chief executive of Walk the Walk said.

“We had lots of children taking part in the quarter marathon new moon and it was great seeing the children getting their medals.

We had more people taking part than last year and it’s very special to see people in Scotland uniting together to make a difference

“All our walkers have done magnificent times and everyone came through smiling and enjoying the experience.

“We had more people taking part than last year and it’s very special to see people in Scotland uniting together to make a difference.”

Set up in 1996, Walk the Walk came about after Nina, who was diagnosed with breast cancer herself, had the idea of power walking the New York marathon in a bra to raise money for research into breast cancer.

The MoonWalk has gone on to be a massively successful event, having expanded to events in Iceland, Lapland and London.

It has raised over £19 million to date in Scotland, with most of the money raised staying north of the border to help improve the lives of people with cancer.

The charity has made grants to Maggie’s Centres in Glasgow and Airdrie and is the principle funder of Maggie’s Forth Valley, which is due to open in Larbert later this year.

It has also funded renovations and a new theatre at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital and has purchased and donated 54 scalp cooling machines, which are designed to help people undergoing chemotherapy to retain their hair, to 24 Scottish hospitals.

 

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