It’s a family affair for Dunmow grandmother as she gets ready for Audley End House charity walk

PUBLISHED: 09:37 04 June 2018

Elaine Brett (far left) with her sisters Celia Harvey and Sandra Plummer. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Elaine Brett (far left) with her sisters Celia Harvey and Sandra Plummer. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


A Dunmow woman who lost her mother and grandmother to breast cancer will walk 10 miles at Audley End House in a bid to raise money for a charity.

Elaine Brett, 60, will walk the distance at the Breast Cancer Care Pink Ribbon event taking place on June 9 to help keep the charity’s services free so it can continue to provide care, support and information for anyone affected by breast cancer.

The grandmother-of-three, whose two younger sisters have also been treated for the disease, now works for the charity, leading groups which support women after they have finished treatment.

Elaine said: “Supporting people affected by breast cancer is incredibly important to me because so many women in my family have been affected by it.

“When women come to Breast Cancer Care’s Moving Forward course after they have finished treatment, I witness a big change in them by the time they finish the course. When they arrive, they often feel anxious and have lots of worries. When they leave, they are often more confident and they realise they have got choices. The courses help them find their new normal.”

Elaine, who runs Moving Forward courses in Southend, Chelmsford and Colchester, said she is looking forward to taking part in the walk.

“I love walking and Audley End House is beautiful. It’s great to know the money I raise will help to support people like my family and the women I support who have been affected by breast cancer,” she said.

Breast Cancer Care is inviting women and men to walk a 10 or 20-mile tailor-made route at English Heritage’s Audley End House and gardens on June 9. Everyone will receive a complimentary hot meal, massage and medal after completing the route.

Elaine will be taking part in the Pink Ribbon Walk with her friend Lynne Percival.

More than 1,300 people in Essex will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and funds raised will help the charity provide a range of support services, including specialist nurses, local face-to-face services and a vital online support network.

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