In the Pink – by £20,000

PUBLISHED: 12:52 10 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 May 2010

The Pink Ribbon Run Walk in June

The Pink Ribbon Run Walk in June

A CHEQUE for more than £20,000 has been handed over from the Royston Pink Ribbon Run Walk – and it was described as an astonishing achievement . The cheque for £20,186 was given to James Sommers, from the Cancer Research UK charity, at a ceremony at the

From left, MP Oliver Heald, Michaela Huffer, Nigel Willimer and James Sommers with the cheque from the Pink Ribbon Run Walk - Pic: Gordon Baxter

A CHEQUE for more than £20,000 has been handed over from the Royston Pink Ribbon Run Walk - and it was described as an "astonishing achievement".

The cheque for £20,186 was given to James Sommers, from the Cancer Research UK charity, at a ceremony at the Heath Sports Centre on Friday evening.

He described it as an "outstanding amount" which will help towards combating cancer.

It was even more outstanding as the organisers had reckoned that the event on Therfield Heath in June would raise about £10,000.

Michaela Huffer, one of the organisers, who had endured a 14-hour operation last September to remove a cancerous tumour from her spine, said: "Everyone who took part seemed to have a personal reason.

"But we're just overwhelmed by the money raised, although we're not stopping there."

Michaela said plans were already under way for next year's event with a number of activities leading up to the Pink Ribbon Run Walk.

Next year it is likely to include a men's run-walk.

Mr Sommers said: "It was amazing on the day just to look out and see a sea of pink."

The Mayor of Royston, Cllr Lynn Berry, who was unable to attend the cheque handing-over ceremony, said in a letter that the raising of more than £20,000 had been an "astonishing achievement".

Cllr Berry was one of the more than 500 women and youngsters who took part in the event.

One of those taking part, Michelle Bonfield, raised £1,600 - and her efforts were rewarded with a year's membership to the Royston Leisure Centre.

Royston's MP Oliver Heald said of the event: "It was wonderful to see so many people taking part and raising so much money for such an excellent cause."

Michaela said that the fund-raising simply "snowballed" after Nigel Willimer, of sponsors WKH Chartered Accountants, gave an initial £500. "That really gave the impetus to get going."

Nigel was there to see the outcome of the event which was, quite rightly, fitting as he was the man who had the task of actually starting the run-walk.

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