London MoonWalk 2018 – Gloucester’s Ann Davies “walks the walk”
On 12th May, fearless Ann Davies from our Gloucester property department took part in the 21st London MoonWalk, the world-famous midnight challenge that raises money for vital breast cancer causes. Wearing the event’s trademark decorated bras, thousands of women, and men too!, bravely walk the walk to raise awareness and funds. Here’s Ann’s story:
“Taking part in the MoonWalk 2018 has been one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences of my life. During a year of training for the event, we’ve seen it all; from blisters to sun burn, from pouring rain to squelching mud, the many miles walked in preparation have been quite a journey! And we’ve finally realised just how long a mile really is.
The MoonWalk London has been taking place since 1998 and so far over 8 million people have taken to the streets of London and walked the length of a marathon overnight. The money raised is granted to charities throughout the UK involved in treating and caring for breast cancer patients. I first heard about the walk from a friend who is a breast cancer survivor herself and together we took the plunge and signed up, along with my daughter and another friend. This began months and months of training, which at times could be tough. We experienced all that our wonderful British weather could throw at us, but also got to see a lot of beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.
Our furthest training walk before the main event had been 20 miles so we knew the full 26.2 miles were going to be a challenge, especially as we didn’t start the walk until midnight! But it was amazing to see 15,000 people gathered together for the cause and once we started walking the time (and miles!) flew by. The atmosphere around the city of London felt very special and it was exciting to see some of its most famous landmarks lit up in pink just for us. We crossed the finish line just after 8 o’clock in the morning, exhausted but very proud of what we had achieved. Might even do it again next year!
Personally, I raised over £400.00 but Cancer Research expect to receive approximately £6 million in donations from this one night. Thank you to everyone at Davey Law who donated and supported me.”