Glamorous TV host Emma Willis is about to swap party shoes for walking shoes while attending a major charity event.
The TV host, who hosts the documentary series The Voice, The Circle and Delivering Babies, is working with her best friend and queen of the jungle, Giovanna Fletcher, on a 100km charity hike for CoppaFeel.
“Over the years I’ve worked for a few different breast cancer charities. I think as a woman I’m really paranoid too. Also, I’m female, and your automatic default is, “Well, I’m a woman and that could happen to me pretty easily.”
“But the reality is that it can happen to anyone, male or female, and at any age.
“And what I love about CoppaFeel is that it’s about bringing up people as young as possible and bringing them up so that it can happen to anyone at any time.
“And the best you can do is know the signs and find them early. And that way, hopefully, you have a better chance of getting through, “she told MirrorOnline.
45-year-old Emma was inspired to take part in the five-day Scottish Highlands Challenge in September to help raise awareness, thanks to Coppafeel, of how people can easily check for signs of cancer.
“I have seen the effects of breast cancer not only on the person diagnosed but also on the surrounding family and loved ones through the eyes of three of my closest friends, each mother of whom had the disease.
“So I saw it and how it affected her. I mean, it’s something I’m always more than ready to do whatever I can to help in any way. “
Emma has an almost non-stop schedule for TV shows and juggles husband Matt and kids Trixie, four, Ace, nine, and Isabelle, 11.
But in lockdown, she decided to take on this challenge before her diary filled up again.
“I think it’s nice that the opportunity to do something like this hopefully feels right for this reason when we come out of a year where we weren’t allowed to venture anywhere.”
Emma asked Giovanna for advice as the I’m A Celebrity 2020 winner also did treks with the charity before it included camping and climbing sections of the Rob Roy Way and climbing one of Scotland’s tallest mountains.
“I talked to Gi about it and thought, ‘Are you training ahead of this hike? What should I do? ‘I work out a couple of times a week anyway.
“She actually said she only trained on foot. So she just takes really long walks. So that’s what I’ll do. And last year I ran more than ever. And I have hiking boots, which is also a first in my life. At least I have some that are already worn because that seems to be very important.
“I can’t run for love or money. But I can definitely run and I’m used to being on my feet. I love to climb So, I thought I was going, I guess I can probably do it.
The tough hike starts on September 12th. You run more than 10 hours a day, cover 20 km and climb up to 1,500 meters on the five days.
Emma and Giovanna are supported by 100 other supporters of the charity. The aim is to raise funds for the CoppaFeel charity for breast cancer awareness and education.
“I think the feeling of covering a hundred kilometers in five days will be a great relief,” says Emma, looking ahead.
“But what will hopefully be phenomenal is the amount of money we can raise.
“And I’m also really looking forward to getting to know all the people who are applying to go on the hike with us. Because I would imagine that there will be people who have cancer either personally or somewhere in their life with friends or family members. And then maybe some people who have no experience with breast cancer.
“I think there will also be real training for five days to hear these different stories and connect with people. So I envision a really informative, physically demanding, but incredibly uplifting experience. “
In the UK, one in seven women will develop breast cancer at some point, and around 400 men are diagnosed each year.
CoppaFeel wants to ensure that all breast cancer is diagnosed as early as possible by educating young people about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, encouraging them to check back regularly, and empowering them to seek medical advice if they see anything common.
Emma added, “When you are taught about them young enough, you will be used to such things. If we are checking whether you are male or female in all areas of your body, it should really be normal. Because it can happen to anyone at any time. So if you know you have to do this, it could literally save your life. “
* This September Giovanna Fletcher and Emma Willis take part in CoppaFeel! Take part in the next hike in the Scottish Highlands to raise awareness about breast cancer. Click here apply to join them.