A WOKING-based breast cancer charity has made a £150,000 grant to help Penny Brohn UK, a cancer support charity, relaunch in-person services at its Bristol centre.

Walk the Walk’s funding will help Penny Brohn UK to restart its residential retreats, wellbeing days and complementary therapy sessions for those with cancer. 

The sessions were suspended during the pandemic, with the charity moving its entire programme of support services online.

Andrew Hufford, chief executive of Penny Brohn UK, said: “After successfully switching to online-only services during the pandemic, we’ve been trying hard to restart in-person services at our centre in Bristol so we can offer a truly hybrid service.

“Like many small charities, our capacity and finances have made this challenging, so it is incredible to be supported by Walk the Walk with a grant that will allow our in-person services to relaunch later this year. 

“Nina [Barough, founder and chief executive of Walk the Walk] and everyone at Walk the Walk have supported Penny Brohn UK for many years and we are so grateful.”

Nina said: “The past three years have been incredibly tough for everyone. And like many charities offering emotional and physical care, Penny Brohn UK have had to become skilled at offering their services through online and digital means.

“Indeed, Walk the Walk has previously provided funds to help them achieve this. While digital services now have their place and have enabled Penny Brohn to reach so many more cancer patients across the UK, nothing can quite replace the value of face-to-face support.

“We are just so thrilled to be able to help Penny Brohn bring this personal care back into operational service, as it is needed now more than ever.

“Sign up now for The MoonWalk London 2024 and help us to continue making a difference.”

Entries are now open for The MoonWalk London 2024, organised by Walk the Walk.

On Saturday, May 18, 2024, thousands of women and men wearing decorated bras will set off from Clapham Common to walk an overnight half or full marathon through the streets of the capital. 

For more details and to sign up, visit www.walkthewalk.org