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Local Hero - Nina Barough

Nina Barough CBE is the Founder and Chief Executive of grant-making breast cancer charity Walk the Walk, which has been based in Woking for 20 years. Walk the Walk is famous for its iconic MoonWalks, when thousands of women and men wearing brightly decorated bras power walk marathon distances at midnight to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. The money raised funds research into breast cancer and helps improve the lives of people living with cancer now.

In 1996, Nina and a group of friends walked the New York City Marathon in bras, raising £25,000 for breast cancer charities. Later the same year, Nina developed breast cancer herself. Friends and family supported her by walking the London Marathon, raising another £25,000. By 1998, the MoonWalk was born.  

Nina received a CBE in the 2006 New Year Honours list for services to healthcare. In 2008, she achieved a Pride of Britain Award for Fundraiser of the Year, and a Woman of The Year Award. In 2016, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Edinburgh Napier University. Nina wrote Walking for Fitness, published by Dorling Kindersley in 2003, to share her knowledge as a power walking expert.

Find out more by visiting the display in Woking's Story.

Image: Nina Barough (front centre) walks the 1996 New York City Marathon © Walk the Walk


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