Walk in memory of brave mum Tracey

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Four women braved the cold in their bras to take part in the London MoonWalk in memory of Tracey Warnes of Occold who lost her battle with breast cancer last year.

Tracey’s sister-in-laws Christine and Rosie Warnes, along with Rosie’s daughter Katrina Warnes and Tracey’s friend Riana Halil, completed the 26.2-mile walk overnight on May 11, organised by Walk the Walk, a charity which raises money and awareness for breast cancer.

The four women, from Eye, Occold and Yaxley, proudly wore their bras, decorated with a fly me to the moon theme of aliens, spaceships and stars, as they walked the streets of London, setting off from Battersea Power Station just after midnight.

Fourty-four-year-old Tracey, a mother-of-two and a former Harleston Archbishop Sancroft High School pupil, died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on October 24. She was diagnosed with cancer three years before.

Rosie, said: “There was such a good spirit with all the ladies who were doing it. They were all there because they wanted to raise money for charity or because they had lost someone close to them.

“Tracey was very courageous, throughout the whole illness. She never showed any signs of weakness.

“We wanted to raise money for other people going through what she did.”

The women were four of about 17,000 people who took part in the walk, which took them seven-and-a-half hours to complete.

Rosie added: “We walked through the streets of London, past Chelsea, The Thames, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park.

“We felt proud to walk in our bras because everyone was doing it together and there was a brilliant atmosphere.

“But it was quite emotional because we were all thinking about Tracey while we were going round.”

The women have raised more than £2,000, which will be used by the charity to support projects and campaigns that are involved with breast cancer.

They would like to thank everyone who donated as well as Eye businesses Moons Hairdressers, Rosemary and Thyme, KPS UK, Lindsay Flaxmer Garage and Penlaw Limited, who sponsored them.

Walk the Walk formed 16-years-ago when 13 women power walked the New York City Marathon in their bras to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

What started out as a one-off fundraising event, has blossomed into a multi-million pound charity, which to date has raised in excess of £83 million for vital breast cancer causes.