Sidmouth waitress 'moonwalks' her way to £1,800 for breast cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 16:17 26 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:32 18 June 2010

A MoonWalking Sidmouth waitress raised £1,800 for a breast cancer charity at the weekend and has thanked generous customers in the town for their support.

A MoonWalking Sidmouth waitress raised £1,800 for a breast cancer charity at the weekend and has thanked generous customers in the town for their support.

Becca Mewson, 43, who has worked at the coffee shop in Fields for six years, took on the gruelling 26-mile Edinburgh Moonwalk in the early hours of Sunday morning alongside 10,000 other fundraisers aiming to bag £3million for Breast Cancer Research.

"Bowled over" Becca finished the challenge in just under six hours, nabbing a place in the top 100 walkers. She paid special tribute to colleagues and customers at Fields who stumped up £1,200 of the money she raised.

"It was hard work, my blisters are enormous but it was worth it," said Becca. "Everyone has been so tremendous, that is what staggers me the most. Every time I mentioned what I was doing people would say that they had lost someone to cancer or someone in their family had it. That struck a chord and I knew I had to do this and do it fast for them.

"I was really pleased to finish in the first 50 to 100 people. It's a great achievement. The weather was fantastic, everything was brilliant and there was a stupendous atmosphere.

"It was a lovely place to do it, I saw all the sites. Edinburgh Castle was lit up pink, it was quite a spectacular sight."

"I set off at 11.45pm and finished at 5.45 am. The sun came up while I was coming along the docks which was quite special

Becca, who is used to being rushed off her feet in the busy coffee shop, added: "It was quite good training working here."

"I clocked up 250 training miles since I started preparing in March."

She also praised a Fields colleague for decorating a special bra she sported during the event as well as friends and family for their support.

Becca hopes her efforts can help the charity fulfil its ambition to put scalp coolers, devices which keep patients' heads cool when they undergo chemo therapy and stops their hair falling out, in every hospital in the country.


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