Staff in training for the MoonWalk 2016
Benenden Hospital Director Jane Abbott and Portering Supervisor Fran Berry are taking part in this year’s MoonWalk in central London.
The MoonWalk involves participants power walking a marathon or a half marathon, depending on which distance they have chosen. Jane and Fran are both doing the 26 mile route. Walkers wear decorated bras to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Each year 15,000 walkers take part with the walk taking place overnight. This year it is on Saturday 14 May.
Jane is undertaking the challenge despite having a metal ankle. She has had several operations on her ankle since falling from a ladder at home in 2009 which caused open multiple fractures of her tibia and fibula and required a the insertion of a pin and plate. Screws were then put in last year and as a result she has no movement in her ankle joint.
Jane said: “I always wanted to run the London Marathon but I was never lucky enough to get a place. Now I can’t run, so I was looking for a different challenge. Family members have died from cancer and so I’m pleased to be raising money for future generations by taking part in this event.”
The Hospital Director will be doing the MoonWalk with her daughter Emiliee Ellis, aged 20, who has done the walk before. Jane’s training has already started, with an aim to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, as measured by her Fitbit.
Fran will be walking with a group of friends calling themselves the Kuoni Kougars. She has also started her training having brought a cross trainer/exercise bike and some new trainers and embarking on some short walks.
Fran said: “A friend was talking about doing the Moonwalk and I casually said put my name down, not really thinking about it, but now it’s official! Raising money for charity will hopefully make the pain worthwhile.
“Like Jane I have also lost close family and friends to cancer. I have a friend who is currently undergoing chemo. I want to do the walk to try to make a positive contribution for anyone who has to deal with this disease in the future.”