A LOCAL hero from Woking was one of the special guests at a reception hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales last week.
Founder and Chief Executive of Walk the Walk, Nina Barough CBE was invited to Clarence House to mark 20 years since she took her first steps towards what is now the largest grant-making breast cancer charity in the UK.
His Royal Highness, Patron of the charity that has been based in Woking for 20 years, said: “It was a pleasure seeing you all and I wanted to wish Walk the Walk a very happy 20th birthday, and above all to congratulate dear Nina on this amazing achievement.
It started in 1996, when Nina and a group of friends walked the New York City Marathon in bras, raising money for breast cancer charities. Later that year, Nina developed the disease herself, and friends and family supported her by walking the London Marathon, after which the Moon Walk was born.
Every year since, thousands of women and men wearing decorated bras take part in the charity’s flagship MoonWalk events, plus other fundraising challenges.
Prince Charles added: “I don’t think Nina ever imagined it would keep going as long as this when it first started. It is an astonishing achievement to have raised £113 million.”
Among those at the reception were some of the charity’s high-profile, long-term supporters, including Ambassador actress Harriet Thorpe, and comedian and actress Jennifer Saunders.
Nina, who was made a CBE in 2006 for her tireless services to healthcare, added: “What an amazing day. It was very lovely to bring together people who have played a fundamental part in Walk the Walk. Some were there right at the beginning and others have helped along the way. It was very special to spend time with our Patron – he is such a kind and generous person.
“Just for a moment we can stand and celebrate our achievements over the past 20 years… before we get back to the business of organising more events.”