King’s Lynn fundraisers prepare for three marathon moonwalks

Breast Cancer Charity fundraising Ladies.'LtoR, Linda Smith, with (Ronny) Illiash Rahman the owner of Taste of India, who hosted the charity dinner, Genene Pitcher ANL-150224-080609009
Breast Cancer Charity fundraising Ladies.'LtoR, Linda Smith, with (Ronny) Illiash Rahman the owner of Taste of India, who hosted the charity dinner, Genene Pitcher ANL-150224-080609009
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Two Lynn fundraisers are training to take part in three Moonwalks, which they hope will raise thousands of pounds for breast cancer charities.

Genene Pitcher and Linda Smith, who both work at the Benjamin Foundation, are preparing for the Threeland challenge of three 26 mile moonlit walks this spring in London, Edinburgh and Iceland.

The duo, who have been dubbed “The Butterfly Girls” on their campaign website, have no set target, though organisers will refund part of their travel costs if they raise more than £4,000.

Ms Pitcher said they were inspired to take part in the challenge by the experiences of relatives and friends who have faced the disease.

She said: “It is important to raise awareness of all types of cancer.

“We are taking all those who have lost and all those who have suffered due to cancer with us.”

The first walk will take place on May 16 in London, before the pair head to the Scottish capital for the second on June 13.

They will then head to Scandinavia for the third walk on June 20.

And they have already raised more than £2,000 towards their target, both through sponsorship and other fundraising events.

A total of £450 was raised from a fund-raising drive at Morrisons on Sunday.

Last week, an event held at the Taste of India restaurant, on Blackfriars Street, Lynn, raised £250 and owner Illiash Rahman donated 50 per cent of profits from the night to the women.

A bingo night and raffle held at the Royal British Legion club in Lynn also raised a further £500.

Ms Pitcher said “We started with a sponsor the ribbon event in December and it has just gone from there. We are so grateful for all the support”.

“We have been blown away by the number of donations we have recieved”.

They will be holding a stall inside Matalan on March 27 and another bingo night on June 4 at the Royal British Legion.

Anyone who would like to donate can do so online at https://3landchallenge2015.everydayhero.com/uk/genene.