Join the Herald’s team at this year’s MoonWalk

The MoonWalk is a great experience for all involved
The MoonWalk is a great experience for all involved

There’s still time to sign up and join Falkirk Herald staff and readers to raise vital cash for charity.

The Edinburgh MoonWalk 2009 takes place on Saturday, June 9, when thousands of women – and men – will take to the streets of the capital from midnight wearing brightly coloured bras.

But as well as being lots of fun, their efforts have a more serious purpose, to raise much-needed funds for lifesaving cancer projects.

This year’s walk, the seventh to take place north of the border, has added significance for everyone in Forth Valley as Walk the Walk, the charity which organises the MoonWalks, has pledged £3 million to build a Maggie’s centre in the grounds of the new acute hospital at Larbert.

Named after Maggie Keswick Jencks, who came up with the idea for a non-clinical facility to provide help and support to cancer sufferers and their families, there are currently 16 centres open or in development.

Although Maggie eventually died from her cancer in 1995, her vision of dealing with the disease with “calmness, clarity and a cup of tea” continues 17 years later.

The facility will provide services free of charge and, sitting close to Forth Valley Royal Hospital, it will complement the clinical care provided there.

Over the years those taking part in the Edinburgh MoonWalk have raised more than £14 million and all that money has remained in Scotland to be spent on Scottish projects.

These include renovating Ward 6 and providing a new operating theatre at the Breast Cancer Institute in Edinburgh, breast tissue banks, scalp coolers in hospitals across the country and a Maggie’s Care Centre at Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow.

As well as announcing the new centre for Forth Valley, Walk the Walk has just announced a grant for a new mammography unit at The Breast Unit in the Western General, Edinburgh.

Encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the midnight power walk, charity founder Nina Barough said: “Although The MoonWalk takes place in Edinburgh, the charity is clear that the funds raised are to be used to benefit and make a difference to cancer patients right across Scotland.

“As Forth Valley does not currently have a Maggie’s facility and the wonderful service that it provides, it is very special that Walk the Walk has been able to make a contribution to the community in this way.”

For more information and to The Falkirk Herald’s MoonWalk for Maggie’s team, visit MoonWalk for Maggie’s .

Alternatively, entry forms are available from our offices in Manor Street, Falkirk, and Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road, Grangemouth.

Remember to select whether you plan to do the Full Moon (26.2 miles) or Half Moon (13.1 miles).