Leeds & West Yorkshire

Hundreds don heels on Leeds cancer walk

Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Leeds in high heels to raise money for cancer research in Yorkshire.

The second annual High Heel-a-thon on Sunday followed a one-and-a-half mile circular course from the city's Victoria Quarter.

All walkers had to start and finish the event wearing their heels, but were allowed to take them off along the way.

Bianca Gascoigne, stepdaughter of footballer Paul Gascoigne, was among the people taking part in the event.

Last year's inaugural High Heel-a-thon was backed by Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh

Funds raised this weekend will go towards Yorkshire Cancer Research, which supports medical research at universities and teaching hospitals in Yorkshire.

Clair Chadwick, head of fundraising at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: "We are really excited about this sponsored fundraising event. It is a vital initiative to help us raise money for the charity.

"Without fundraisers such as the High Heel-a-thon and the continuing generosity of the people of Leeds and Yorkshire, our research work at universities and teaching hospitals here in Yorkshire would just not be possible."

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