Appeal for marshals to help with Girls Night Out walk in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care

Stepping in a sea of flashing fluffy valuable found for the St Nicholas ears in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night as the 2014 Girls Night Out leaves the Angel Hill raising valuable funds for the St Nicholas Hospice Care.'Volunteer route marshalls and helpers ANL-150708-161134001
Stepping in a sea of flashing fluffy valuable found for the St Nicholas ears in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night as the 2014 Girls Night Out leaves the Angel Hill raising valuable funds for the St Nicholas Hospice Care.'Volunteer route marshalls and helpers ANL-150708-161134001
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Organisers of a popular walk in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care are calling for 100 volunteers to help the event run safely and smoothly.

Marshals are needed to help the charity’s fund-raising Girls Night Out moonlight walk, in Bury St Edmunds, on September 12 go without a hitch.

On the night marshals are in pairs along the 11.2 and six-mile routes equipped with high-visibility jackets, maps, bin bags and plasters to aid the walkers.

They will help to guide the women taking part as their walk around the town wearing pyjamas and flashing bunny ears.

Event organiser Jenny Basket, hospice events and challenges fund-raiser, said marshal volunteers were vital for a safe and enjoyable Girls Night Out and the event simply could not run without them.

She said: “We can never have too many marshals and with 140 signed up already we need about 100 more to ensure the night runs smoothly.

“We already have nearly 1,600 women registered to walk on the night and we want to make sure the event is safe and fun for everyone.”

The hospice fund-raising team has started preparations for Girls Night Out by stocktaking all the marshalling equipment and preparing packs. Mrs Baskett added: “Many people marshal year on year as it’s a great night out for them as well as the walkers. Despite having done it before they still come to the briefing meeting for a chat and a cup of tea, even though they know everything.”

Marshals usually volunteer for two-hour shifts between 7.30pm and midnight, with the option of doing one or two shifts. Children aged 14 or over can marshal as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

At the end, all marshals get a cup of hot chocolate and bacon roll.

For more information on marshalling contact Charlotte Ruddock on 01284 715583 or email charlotte.ruddock@stnh.org.uk

To sign up for Girls Night Out, visit www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk