With two weeks to go until St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Girls’ Night Out, there is still time to sign up and be a part of the fun.
On Saturday September 13, more than 1,250 women will walk an 11.2 or six-mile route through the streets of Bury St Edmunds wearing pyjamas and flashing bunny ears.
Among them will be Jayne’s Girls, a team of five women who have been inspired to take part in memory of their ‘dear friend and colleague’ Jayne Worley, who died from pancreatic cancer in October 2012, aged 52.
Jayne had been an employee of Shelbourne Reynolds Engineering, in Stanton, since 1976 and was ‘very close’ to the team there.
“When she told us her diagnosis and how long she might have left we were totally overwhelmed with shock – all the staff here at Shelbourne Reynolds were,” said Claire Bloomfield, 49.
“Why had this happened to such a generous, funny, warm and lovely person with a heart of gold?”
Jayne, a mother-of-two from Rougham, ‘loved to raise money for charity’ and had helped to raise thousands of pounds for charities over the years, including the Bury hospice. Her devotion to fund-raising continued even after her diagnosis.
Claire, who met Jayne 31 years ago, said: “In the year after she was diagnosed we all did the Relay for Life at Ickworth House and Jayne was there with us.
“We had quiz nights and Jayne came. We did cake sales etc and Jayne would be there, even when she was feeling really unwell.”
Of the hospice, which helped Jayne and her husband, Graham, during their last year together, Claire said: “When she stayed there she told us it was a really peaceful place to be.
“Taking part in Girls’ Night Out will be our way of giving something back in her name.”
She added: “Jayne would definitely have approved of us taking part. It covers what she enjoyed the most – being with the girls and raising money for charity.”
Jenny Baskett, hospice events and challenges fund-raiser, said: “Jayne’s Girls will be joining many other women in walking for a good cause on September 13.
The funds they raise at Girls Night Out will help the hospice to support many others like Jayne.”
All Girls’ Night Out participants will receive a pair of flashing bunny ears to make them clearly visible and are asked to wear their favourite nightwear.
There will be entertainment along the way, as well as refreshment and toilet stops.
A medal, hot chocolate and a bacon roll (or vegetarian alternative) will greet every walker on their return to Angel Hill.
Registration costs £15.
To sign up, go to the website www,stnicholashospicecare.org.uk or pick up a form from any of the hospice’s shops.