Seven Ely supermums have completed a nocturnal London marathon on foot, braving blisters and shivers, to raise almost £3000 for a breast cancer charity.
Team Lantern Mardi Bras were amongst 15,000 people to take part in the London Moonwalk – a gruelling 26.2 mile trek from Clapham Common to raise money for Walk the Walk, one of the UK’s largest breast cancer charities.
While most other people were tucked up in their beds on Sunday night, Team Lantern Mardi Bras joined numerous other Moonwalkers around London’s landmarks, completing the final few miles in their bras to raise awareness of breast cancer.
The team are all connected to the Lantern Community Primary School in Ely – and have already more than quadrupled their initial fundraising goal of £700.
It’s the first time any of its seven team members have attempted the Moonwalk.
Lorna Robinson, whose children Billy, eight, and Nina, five, attend the Lantern, said her highlight was finishing – as the route was incredibly congested and the weather frigid.
Lorna became involved after fellow Lantern mum Charlotte Brady suggested doing the Moonwalk.
“We all know people who’ve been touched by breast cancer in some way. It seemed like a good thing to do – and a challenge.”
Lorna said: “Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as warm as we’d hoped for – so we only did the last few miles in our bras.
“It was nice to walk around the sights of London in the dark. We passed Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Hyde Park. We walked as far as Earl’s Court and back round. The highlight was finishing and getting some flip flops on. The training was worth it.”
Team member Michelle Taylor – mum to Ciara, 11, Erin, nine, Aisling, eight, and Finn, four – said Team Lantern Mardi Bras had initially planned to celebrate the end of their walk by going out for breakfast – but they were so exhausted and cold that they bought some food at King’s Cross Station and had their brekkie on the train instead.
“I wanted to go home and have a bath.”
Also in the team are Liz Lacey, Charlotte Brady, Joanna Odell, Laura Homent and Chloe Amory.
By Tuesday evening the team had raised a phenomenal £2943.46. It would be amazing if Spotted in Ely followers could help them achieve £3000!
You can donate to Team Lantern Mardi Bras at https://moonwalklondon2016.everydayhero.com/uk/lantern-mardi-bras