A Kirkcaldy businesswoman and her team of superheroes have raised an incredible £6000 for charity after walking the streets of Edinburgh at the weekend.
Christine Cunningham, who owns Bliss Beauty in the town, her staff, family and friends - known collectively as ‘Christine’s Beauties’ - took part in the Moonwalk Scotland in the early hours of Sunday morning to support the breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk.
They all dressed up as Mrs Incredible, as part of the Superheroes theme, and walked 13.1 miles from midnight through the streets of the capital wearing decorated bras. They completed the walk at around 3.45 a.m.
Christine (41) told The Press there was a special reason why she decided to take part: “Last August I felt a lump in my breast and I went to the doctors.
“I was given an appointment at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline where they did a mammogram, an ultrasound scan and a biopsy.
“Two weeks later I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had lumpectomies to remove the tumours followed by radiotherapy.”
Christine was very lucky to have it diagnosed early and feels it’s very important to raise as much awareness as possible.
She said: “I was just lucky to have found it when I did. It’s so important for women to check themselves regularly as early diagnosis is the key to the survival success rate.”
She continued: “Whilst I was having my radiotherapy treatment at the Western in Edinburgh, I was shown round the newly refurbished mammography unit which was paid for by funds from Walk the Walk.
“The charity also paid for a new breast ward. This made me feel I could do the walk and help others to get the excellent treatment I had. So I asked my team at work, family and friends to get involved too and we were a team of nine. We raised the money online and by generous donations from clients, friends and family. I thought we would raise £2000 at the most, but to reach just over £6000 is fantastic.”
She added: “I would definitely do the Moonwalk again, the atmosphere on the night was amazing and we all had a lot of fun raising money for a very important cause. We want to thank everyone who has donated.”
Walkers taking part in Moonwalk Scotland have raised more than £16 million since the first event was held in 2006.
Most of the funds raised stay in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with cancer.
To donate to Christine’s Beauties please visit: https://moonwalkscotland2014.everydayhero.com/uk/christine-s-beauties.