A Marvel-lous effort will see 80 Slimming World members from the Mildenhall area take part in this year’s Girls Night Out in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.
The team of women, who have named themselves the Mildenhall Marvels, will take part in the hospice’s annual moonlight walk in Bury St Edmunds on September 13.
Slimming World consultant Donna Cooper, who runs five groups in Mildenhall, said: “Last year three of my ladies took part in Girls Night Out and they said it was a really good fun night. I started to look into the walk and what the hospice is all about. I thought ‘we have got the power to make a big difference here’.”
Donna set a target of recruiting 40 of her 250 members to walk either the 11.2 or six mile route in pyjamas and bunny ears. However, the response was so good she now plans to have an 80-woman team taking on the challenge.
Julie Ralf, of Lakenheath, will be part of the team. She said: “I have had cancer – bowel and lymph node – and I couldn’t have done Girls Night Out before. Now I have been clear for two years and have lost weight I am feeling more healthy and able to do it. My best friend was in the hospice, so it is a cause close to my heart.
Dianne Howell, of Mildenhall, is a Girls Night Out first-timer. She said: “It will be fun to do the walk with a big team of Mildenhall Marvels.”
Sarah Bland, of Kenny Hill, is nearly eight stone lighter thanks to Swimming World and would not have contemplated an 11.2 mile walk before her weight loss.
She said: “I really enjoy walking and I took part in the Suffolk Walking Festival in aid of the hospice last year. I’m really looking forward to my first Girls Night Out.”
Last year 1,020 women took part in Girls Night Out, raising more than £115,000.
Jenny Baskett, St Nicholas Hospice Care events and challenges fund-raiser said: “I would like to thank Donna for her enthusiasm and managing to inspire so many women to take part.
“I am hoping this year’s walk will be our biggest and best yet, so we need more people and teams like the Mildenhall Marvels to sign up for what promises to be a brilliant party.”
Registration costs £10 until the end of May (£15 after). To sign up, go to www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk or pick up an application form from any of the Hospice’s shops.