As a way of showing my appreciation for the wonderful caring treatment that I was given at the City Hospital during 2005-2006, I wanted to raise awareness of the work that the surgeons Douglas MacMillan and Stephen McCulley are doing. They are giving women a choice when confronted with the news of breast cancer. No longer is it a foregone conclusion that mastectomy is the only solution.

To this end I thought I would walk across the Malvern Hills, as I grew up in Worcestershire, and raise money to give to the Nottingham Breast Institute to aid the work that these two surgeons are doing. This way it will benefit women all over the world, as they are teaching surgeons worldwide and nationwide of their innovative techniques.

My husband Neil and I talked this over with our friends Sue and Trevor Tunnicliffe, who suggested that they did it too. Then we sat down and made a list of people who might like to join us.

The title for the charity was the creative suggestion of Jayne Mayled, and through her, MEDIAmaker Ltd agreed to set up a website. She helped me organise some sponsors, including Boots, and on the day gave out sandwiches whilst her family took part! Al the expenses of transport, sandwiches and the Red Cross vehicle were covered by the sponsorship of the Royal Bank of Scotland. My bank manager Julian Lawrence not only took part but also organised the sponsorship. The Malvern Hills Conservators have been very encouraging, with Richard Vale one of the wardens, giving us such helpful and practical advice.

We had 80 walkers, all friends and family with their friends and family, and were amazed that we have managed to raise over £13,000 (the total is still rising). Three people ran the route, of almost 10 hilly miles, in just over one hour. My cousin and his wife flew over from Virginia, USA to participate and to give me their support. It was a wonderful day!

The support that I have had has been tremendous, and I couldn’t possibly have achieved this without so many people. It was a fabulous day and the date is fixed for Saturday 22nd September 2007!

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