The Lewis Chestwomen head to Edinburgh

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AIMING to raise as much money as they can to help fight the battle against breast cancer, five island ladies are not only taking on the challenge of the Edinburgh Moonwalk, but have also arranged a Zumbathon to allow others the chance to join in the fundraising effort – and get a little bit fitter at the same time.

The team – cheekily calling themselves ‘The Lewis Chestwomen’ – comprises of Donna Mackinnon, Karen France, Elaine Macmillan (missing from picture), Judith Woods and Joanna Marshall.

Together they have been training to undertake the Edinburgh Moonwalk; a 26.2mile night-time trek through the streets of Auld Reekie, organised by cancer charity Walk the Walk.

Taking place on Saturday, June 11, the Moonwalk Edinburgh sees Scotland unite against breast cancer as people from all corners of the country power walk at midnight adorned in decorated bras, corsets, feathers and sequins, creating an awe-inspiring sight.

As Nina Barough, the Founder and Chief Executive of the charity, comments: “As always, all of use at Walk the Walk are very excited to be returning to Scotland’s capital city. We think this year’s event is going to be the best ever and Edinburgh will be a cacophony of sound and buzzing with energy.

“This challenge creates a wonderful exchange, thousands of women and men will get fitter as they get ready to reach their goal and in so doing will raise millions of pounds that will make a very big difference to the lives of so many going through cancer.

“We have a lot that we want to achieve so we hope to make this year a fundraising best!” she adds.

And making the most of their own fundraising effort, Donna Mackinnon of The Lewis Chestwomen team expands on the Zumbathon organised for Wednesday, June 1, at the Lewis Sports Centre.

“Because we’re entering as a team we have to raise a minimum of £100 each and as we didn’t really want to go around pestering everyone we know, we thought that the Zumbathon would be a good way to raise as much money as possible and let other people join in,” she says.

Kicking off at 7.30pm and running until 9pm, participants of The Lewis Chestwomen Zumbathon will enjoy fun and fitness under the watchful eye of Zumba instructor, Kirstie Anderson of Isle Dance.

A £5 donation is asked of anyone ready to take part and there will also be healthy snacks, water, cupcakes, and pin badges available to buy, as well as a raffle, all to boost the funds going towards breast cancer research.

If you’re unable to attend, but would like to sponsor The Lewis Chestwomen team for their epic Moonwalk, log onto