Fenland Flappers are charity moon walkers

Fenland District Council staff tackle the Moonwalk for charity. Fenland District Councils Jo Anderso

Fenland District Council staff tackle the Moonwalk for charity. Fenland District Councils Jo Anderson (left) and Jane Bailey (right) are ready to tackle the MoonWalk as part of The Fenland Flappers team. PHOTO: FDC - Credit: Archant

Friends and family members will prove themselves to be fabulous, fearless and fit when they take on a marathon charity challenge this weekend as The Fenland Flappers.

The group of eight women will join thousands of fellow fundraisers in the fight against breast cancer when they take on the 20th annual MoonWalk in London.

Organised by breast cancer charity Walk the Walk, the 26.2 mile event on May 13 will see participants pounding the city streets through the night – wearing bras they have decorated with feathers and jewels to match this year’s Roaring 20s theme.

Making up The Fenland Flappers are friends and work colleagues Jo Anderson and Jane Bailey, from Fenland District Council, Jo’s mum Angela Anderson, and friends Juliet Findley, Linda Tilbrook, Tanya Shepherd, Laura Turner and Sarah Stone.

The idea to take part came from Tanya, who had taken part in the MoonWalk before, and persuaded Jo and Jane to sign up first.

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Jo, 32, the election and land charges team leader at FDC, and mum-of-three Jane, 45, the members’ services and governance supervisor, said they didn’t realise what a big commitment the challenge was at first.

“We were given a training programme to get up to 20-miles, our longest training walk, which we did at the weekend,” said Jo, from March. “It’s been tough, and we’ve found some of the longer walks harder than others, but the 20-mile one was best yet for all of us.”

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The team members have already raised £2,500 between them for the cause, and they are hoping to cross to finish line in under eight hours.

Jane, from Chatteris, said: “The thing we’re looking forward to most on the day is the finish line! But also seeing the sights of London at night, and taking in the atmosphere.”

“We’re looking forward to the camaraderie as well,” added Jo. “The support we’ve had on our training walks, with people cheering and beeping their car horns, has been brilliant. It gives you a big lift and helps you carry on.

“The team has a target in mind of £4,000 and have been training really hard so any and all donations will be gratefully received” she added.

The team has also paid a huge thank you to everyone who has already sponsored them.

Anyone wanting to sponsor The Fenland Flappers can visit their fund raising page.

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