A mother who is being treated for breast cancer put her walking boots on for charity yesterday.

Beverley Connolly, 37, took part in Cancer Research UK's Stride for Life sponsored walk at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, Washington, that was part of the All Women Together campaign that is holding pink-themed events throughout October.

The event, held at the venue for the first time, was a fundraiser for the charity's research into breast cancer.

Mrs Connolly, from Houghton-le-Spring, was diagnosed with the disease in March, had a mastectomy and a course of radiotherapy and is now undergoing chemotherapy.

She said: "My GP referred me to the Breast Clinic and they carried out tests.

"When they told me I had cancer my world was turned upside down.

"I'm helping to promote Cancer Research UK's sponsored walk and the All Women Together campaign because I feel it's really important that everyone knows about breast cancer and the massive impact it has on the lives of people affected by it."

Beverley had a group of 12 family and friends supporting her on the walk.

Jill Campbell, Cancer Research UK event fundraiser, from East Boldon, said: "We have the greatest admiration for Beverley and the commitment she is showing in helping to raise money for research into breast cancer.''

For more details about the charity's fundraising and All Women Together call 0191-281 8288.