Bunny ears at the ready as hospice’s biggest fund-raiser returns

Launch of Girls Night Out (St Nicholas Hospice Care). Ladies dressed in pink and bunny ears formed one big bunny ears


PICTURE: Mecha Morton
Launch of Girls Night Out (St Nicholas Hospice Care). Ladies dressed in pink and bunny ears formed one big bunny ears PICTURE: Mecha Morton
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Grab your best pyjamas and join a Girls Night Out with a difference – all in the name of a good cause.

St Nicholas Hospice Care’s annual Girls Night Out moonlight walk will return to the streets of Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, September 9, and the Bury Free Press is delighted to announce registrations for the event are now open.

Girls Night Out 2017 logo

Girls Night Out 2017 logo

Now in its ninth year, all the funds raised by Girls Night Out help to support patients and families in West Suffolk and Thetford.

Last year, 2,104 women took part, raising an amazing £250,000 for the hospice, and with this year’s walk proudly sponsored by investment managers JM Finn & Co, organisers are hoping even more women will join them on the night.

Jenny Smith, hospice events manager, said: “We were overwhelmed by the reaction to the 2016 Girls Night Out – and we would love to make this year’s walk even bigger and better.

“But to do that we need a little help, we need the ladies of Bury and beyond to sign-up for Girls Night Out 2017 and don their pyjamas, comfortable footwear and, of course, their flashing bunny ears.”

The occasion, which sees women put their best feet forward and walk either 11.2 or six miles, while wearing pyjamas and flashing bunny ears, creates quite a stir in the town, and helps to raise awareness of the hospice and the many services it provides.

Andrew Mann, senior investment manager for JM Finn & Co, said: “We are delighted to be the main sponsor for St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Girls Night Out charity moonlight walk.

“As an organisation we are always keen to support our local community and the hospice helps so many people and their families when they really need it, not just in Bury St Edmunds but across West Suffolk and Thetford.

“We hope as many women as possible will wear their pyjamas and bunny ears with pride on Saturday, September 9, and help to raise as much as possible for the hospice.”

Registration for the walk opens today (Friday, March 31), with an early sign-up offer of £10 per person valid until May 31 (£15 registration June 1 onwards).

Chrissy Harrod, who is part of the team Tuesday Totties and will be taking part in the walk for the second time, said: “It is a brilliant event to be part of. It is an emotional event, but it is a wonderful occasion.

“The support staff and volunteers are always brilliant as are the people who come out of their houses to support you along the way, the mums, dads and children – all come out to give you high fives.

“It is a very special event for a very worthwhile cause. We all know someone who has been touched by the hospice.”

For Joan Brame, taking part in the event is a way to remember the loved ones she has lost.

“I take part because the hospice is such a worthwhile cause. My dad and sister both died of cancer and nearly everyone will be touched in some way by cancer. I don’t think people realise just how much the support you need costs. The hospice is there for everyone,” she said.

During the event walkers will, if they want to, be able to remember the loved ones they have lost with messages and pictures, as the two memory boards will be back again this year.

Other popular features – such as entertainment, ‘water boys’ handing out refreshments, hot chocolate and bacon rolls (or veggie alternative) and medals for participants – are also returning.

To register, fill out a coupon in this week’s Bury Free Press and send it, along with your registration fee, to: Events and Challenges Fundraiser, St Nicholas Hospice Care, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 2QY.

You can also sign up online at www.girlsnightoutwalk.co.uk

You must be aged 14 to take part and those between 14 and 17 must walk with someone over the age of 18.