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Edinburgh MoonWalk participants get a taste of the circus ahead of this year’s charity event

© Neil Hanna PhotographyMoonwalkers meet the stars of the circus
Moonwalkers meet the stars of the circus

Walkers taking part in the MoonWalk Scotland have joined performers from Gandeys Circus to launch this summer’s circus-themed event.

Wearing breast cancer charity Walk the Walk’s famous bra t-shirts, they got into the circus spirit with clowns, fire-breathers and other performers encouraging people to sign up for the overnight walking challenge.

Each year, thousands of participants take to the streets of Edinburgh to take on a quarter, half, full or double marathon to help raise funds and awareness in the fight against the disease.

© Neil Hanna Photography
Alice Taylor and Amy Young

Amy Young, 12, from Edinburgh who is taking on the 6.55 mile route with her Mum, Dad, sister and family friend said: “It was really fun to do the photoshoot at the Big Top, especially meeting all the performers.

“I hope it helps to make lots of people interested in doing The MoonWalk, because it is such a good thing to do. I can’t wait to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer.”

MoonWalker Sheona Wilson, from Grangemouth, also joined in the fun with Gandeys.

She said: “Every year when the email comes in I always sign up – maybe I’m just addicted to walking around Edinburgh in my bra at night.

“It’s also wonderful meeting all the other Moonwalkers and having a good old blether!

“The volunteers are just awesome along the route, the scenery along the coast is amazing especially if you catch the sun rising over the Forth.”

Jacqueline Morales, Aerialist Performer at Gandeys Circus, said: “It’s been fantastic to support Walk the Walk and give people a taster of what to expect from the Gandeys show!

“We really hope the fun and excitement from today encourages more people to sign-up for this year’s circus-themed MoonWalk, especially ahead of World Circus Day.

“I was delighted to be asked to decorate some bras for Walk the Walk, which is an amazing and important charity that does so much to help people living with cancer in Scotland.

“My sister Gina and I proudly wore our circus-themed bras which are inspired not just by the big top itself, but the influential people who perform within it. Of course, the bras have been finished off with some beautiful rhinestones which is an iconic feature in traditional circus costume.”

More than 86,000 Walkers have taken part in The MoonWalk Scotland since the event started in 1996 and, so far, more than £21.3 million has been raised to improve the lives of those living with cancer in the country.

Setting off from Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Walkers can take on one of four challenges at The MoonWalk Scotland; The New Moon (6.55 miles, open to people aged 10 and over), Half Moon (13.1 miles), Full Moon (26.2 miles) or Over The Moon (52.4 miles).

The MoonWalk Scotland is on Saturday 8 June. Sign up now at