We’ve just a week to go to Moonwalk

A group of women get ready for last year's Moonwalk

A group of women get ready for last year's Moonwalk

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The countdown has begun to the midnight walk that aims to raise millions for cancer charities.

There’s just nine days to go until the Edinburgh MoonWalk 2012.

Around 10,000 eager participants will converge on Inverleith Park on Saturday, June 9, ready to cover either the Full Moon course (26.2 miles) or Half Moon (13.1 miles) through the streets of the capital.

Organisers Walk the Walk recently held the 15th anniversary event in London where 17,000 took to the streets.

They’re hoping next weekend’s Edinburgh walk will be just as successful and as colourful with the walkers dressed in their brightly decorated bras. This year’s theme is ‘Midnight at the Oasis’ so there could be lots of sequins and veils on display.

But the MoonWalk has a serious message. It’s all about raising cash to help cancer charities improve patients’ treatment.

In the last 15 years over 250,000 people have taken part in events, raising an amazing £75 million-plus.

All the money raised at the Scottish event remains in Scotland and earlier this year The Falkirk Herald revealed that Walk the Walk had pledged £3 million to build and develop a Maggie’s Caring Cancer Centre for Forth Valley.

To be constructed in the grounds of the new Larbert hospital, it will provide practical advice and emotional support for the thousands of people in the region who are affected by cancer.

The innovative facility will complement the care provided by the oncology department in neighbouring Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

Professor Fiona Mackenzie, NHS Forth Valley’s chief executive, said: “This will be a wonderful new facility for the many hundreds of people from across the area who are treated for cancer every year.

“Maggie’s Caring Cancer Centres are internationally renowned for the excellent support and advice they provide to patients and their families, and we look forward to working with them on this exciting new development.”

By way of a ‘thank you’, The Falkirk Herald is leading a team in this year’s Edinburgh MoonWalk.

Editor Colin Hume said: “We’re delighted at the number of people who have responded to our challenge to come and join us on the night.

“It will certainly be a different experience for all of us who are taking part for the first time, but I’m certain that with the support of all the thousands of other walkers and those lining the route, we can help raise thousands of pounds for this worthy cause.”

For all those taking part in the event, there’s a comprehensive list of questions and answers on the website www.walkthewalk.org.