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Record numbers sign up for Girls Night Out charity walk in Bury St Edmunds

The Arco Angels, who are taking part in this years Girls Night Out in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. From left: Sue Bird, Philippa Van den Oort, Jo Stone, Steph Freeman. ANL-140723-135515001

The Arco Angels, who are taking part in this years Girls Night Out in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. From left: Sue Bird, Philippa Van den Oort, Jo Stone, Steph Freeman. ANL-140723-135515001

A record number of women have signed up for a popular charity walk in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care - with organisers hoping even more will take part.

So far 1,085 women are due to don bunny ears and pyjamas and put their best foot forward for the charity’s Girls Night Out around Bury St Edmunds, covering either six or 11.2-mile routes, on Saturday September 13.

It smashes the hospice’s previous record of 1,020 participants last year but bosses would like more people to come forward.

Jenny Baskett, events and challenges fund-raiser at the hospice, said: “I would like to issue a huge appeal for people to take part in Girls Night Out.

“If you like a bit of a party, would like to do your bit to support a great cause and fancy a great night out with more than 1,000 other women, then we want to hear from you. Last year’s walk raised more than £115,000, so we want to smash that target this year and raise even more. All the funds our walkers raise through sponsorship will help the Hospice to support people in West Suffolk and Thetford facing life-shortening illnesses, and their families.”

Adding to the growing numbers, six women have joined the Arco Angels team for the charity walk.

Jo Stone, 32, who works at Arco, in Bunting Road, Bury, will lead the group after losing her mother Linda Thomas to cancer earlier this year.

She said: ““My mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last April, but despite a very dignified battle she passed away on February 6. The hospice supported my parents with advice. There was one particular nurse, Mary Macadie, who really helped with my mum’s medication.

“It was always open to me that if I wanted to go up to the hospice and talk to anyone about my feelings I could.”

It will be the first time she takes part in the walk. She added: “The route goes past my house, so I normally go outside on the night with my son Isaac, who is three, and cheer everyone on. I’m hoping Isaac will be out cheering us on the night this year.”

Registration is £15 per person. Visit www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk

 

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