Hospice seeking godesses for fund-raising night out

Hundreds of Greek godesses raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care will be spotted around Bury St Edmunds for one night in September.

In celebration of the Olympics, participants in this year’s Girls Night Out will be walking through Bury dressed in togas, laurels and a sprinkling of gold.

Jenny Baskett, hospice events and challenges fund-raiser, said: “As well as the Girls Night Out being a great way to support your local hospice, there is a tremendous sense of fun and camaraderie on the walk.

“We hope that those who took part last year will invite their friends, family and work colleagues to come along this year.”

Last year, 700 women completed the moonlit walk, raising more than £100,000 for the hospice and organisers are hoping to smash that record this year.

Kevin Clements, director of fund-raising and marketing, said: “In this special year of national pride and the fourth year of the Girls Night Out fund-raising event, we thought what better way to mark this special year than to invite women to dress as goddesses.

“Toga dresses can either be made from a white sheet, which can be purchased very cheaply from one of our hospice shops, or readymade togas can be bought online.”

The Girls Night Out walk will set out from Angel Hill at 8pm on September 15. All participants will walk together for the first four miles then those doing the shorter six mile walk will branch off from those doing the full 11.1 mile walk.

There will be entertainment and refreshments provided along the route and everyone who completes the walk will receive a medal.

Jenny said: “The support we get from the public is fantastic. We have people clapping and cheering and honking their horns as we go.”

St Nicholas Hospice Care looks after people with terminal and life-shortening illnesses as well as providing in centre and at home support for their families.

To continue to do this work the hospice has to raise £11,000 a day, the Girls Night Out is the hospice’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

Suzanne Day, 24, who took part in last year’s event, said: “It was really fun the atmosphere at the start is fantastic, everyone bands together.”

St Nicholas Hospice Care is offering a £10 earlybird registration offer for the Girls Night Out until May 31. Upon registering, participants will receive a registration pack including sponsorship forms and instructions for making a toga.