On Saturday 13 October we turned Bristol purple as over 450 people donned our purple t-shirts and walked the six-mile route to support people living with cancer.
The family friendly event took place on Saturday 13 October and saw walkers gather in Anchor Square in Bristol before following the towpath alongside the Avon Gorge towards Penny Brohn UK’s beautiful National Centre in Pill. Walkers were greeted at the National Centre with a farmers’ market, refreshments and entertainment. The event has already raised an amazing £35,000 with more sponsorship money on its way.
This year’s Stomp was supported by Portishead mum and blogger, Heidi Loughlin. Heidi was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2015 when she was three months pregnant and began blogging about her experience in her up front and honest blog, Storm in a Tit Cup. Heidi took part in the sponsored walk with her family and friends.
Talking about the event, Heidi said: “It was such a great day! A real community spirit was felt by all; supporting each other and achieving our goals, whatever they were. My 5-year old was really chuffed with his special medal and can’t wait to show it off in school. I had a fantastic time with my friends and family, stomping the Bristol countryside and burning off an immeasurable number of mini Twix! And all in the name of charity. There were many people taking part that have cancer in their lives in some capacity and it was rewarding to see everyone doing something productive and with passion. We can’t wait until the next one!”
Penny Brohn UK’s community fundraiser, Ian Riddell, said: “We were thrilled to have so many walkers take part in this year’s Stomp and see it grow so much from last year. The event was a huge success and spirits were high as Stompers created a purple spectacle across the city. A huge thank you to everyone who took part and supported the event. We can’t wait to see you all again next year!”
With over 39 years’ experience, Penny Brohn UK recognises that people with cancer need more than medicine.
Its Bristol Whole Life Approach provides integrated whole person cancer support that works alongside medical treatment to achieve the best health and wellbeing. The approach explores areas such as diet, exercise, relationships and managing stress, through free residential and day courses, one-to-one therapies and groups.
Next year’s Stomp will take place on Saturday 12 October 2019. To sign up for your place next year visit www.pennybrohn.org.uk/stomp/19.