Harrogate police women walk strong against breast cancer

Members of The North Yorkshire Police based in Harrogate Yvonne Agars, Gaynor Porter, Helen Poucher,Nicki Dobson and Emma Harris  who will taking part in The Moon Walk held in London this weekend. (165102AM)
Members of The North Yorkshire Police based in Harrogate Yvonne Agars, Gaynor Porter, Helen Poucher,Nicki Dobson and Emma Harris who will taking part in The Moon Walk held in London this weekend. (165102AM)
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A team of six Harrogate female police officers will join crowds in the thousands to walk strong in the fight against breast cancer.

This Saturday (May 14) will see the 20th annual midnight Moonwalk marathon take place in London, raising funds in aid of breast cancer.

But this year amongst 17,000 participants will be ‘team Glitterbug’ a group of women in the force from Harrogate and Wiltshire police stations.

Police Constable from Harrogate, Helen Poucher said: “We all know somebody that has suffered with cancer so there’s that aspect and there’s the aspect of the personal challenge.

“Obviously cancer is something that everyone is fighting hard to defeat and the more support we can drum up as a team to put towards that fight the better.”

The theme for the walk this year is carnival and all participants have been issued their own bra to decorate and wear during the walk.

For team Glitterbug, the prospect of wearing a bra for a marathon walk at midnight has had mixed reactions, but every member has embraced the creative challenge.

Helen said: “Some of the girls are quite keen and up for it and others are wearing it over the top of a T-shirt.

“A lot of work has gone into them - a lot of time and effort and a lot of glue!

“Some have gone pink, others have gone with tassels and flowers. There may be some ladybirds and butterflies floating around too.”

But with a significant physical challenge ahead of them Helen said the hard work hasn’t just been on the outfits.

She said: “Some of us are dressing up our bras with tutus and leg warmers and such like and we’ve been out training, putting in the miles, testing out our shoes and getting blisters.”

Originally a team of just five, the girls aimed to raise £100 per person.

But having expanded the girls have smashed their target raising a phenomenal £1,500.

Helen said: “It’s been some good support from family and friends and also colleagues chipping in and helping out.

“We have been really pleased and quite surprised we have gone over our target of £500 quite quickly.