A sea of flashing rabbit ears travelled through Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night as more than 1,000 pyjama-clad women raised approximately £105,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
In its fifth year, Girls Night Out broke records with more women than ever before signing-up to support the hospice.
Jenny Baskett, hospice events and challenges fund-raiser, said she found it ‘joyful and emotional’ to see so many women cross the start line.
She said: “I’m just amazed at how much the event has grown and delighted it has become part of the community - I wish I could walk with them.”
The 1,020 women set off from Angel Hill at 8pm on Saturday after completing a zumba warm-up.
They walked 11.2 or six miles in the moonlight, returning to Angel Hill where they were greeted by a bacon roll and a mug of hot chocolate.
Many of those taking part walked in memory of someone helped by the hospice.
A team of teachers and friends from Culford School, who dubbed themselves The Culfordettes, walked in memory of Stjohn Weyers a former teacher at the school. They wore his trademark round glasses and stripy outfits for the walk.
Jo Lebbon, Tracy Brown and Alison Price, of Bury St Edmunds, decided to walk together in memory of Tony Brown, who died in 2007.
Tracy said: “This is my third time doing Girls Night Out and I am doing it in memory of my dad because he was in the hospice. I also volunteer in the hospice shop, in St John’s Street, because I know exactly what good work the hospice does.”
Paula Tyrrell, of Thurston, walked in memory of Jo Hicks. She said: “It’s absolutely amazing just the fact everybody turns out and makes an effort.“
Kevin Clements, fund-raising and marketing director, said: “Girls Night Out is an incredible event, which gets bigger every year. Angel Hill was a sea of flashing bunny ears – it was something quite special to see.
“All the money raised by walkers will be spent in this community, because St Nicholas Hospice Care is a local community hospice, supporting patients and their families in West Suffolk and Thetford.”