Mildenhall slimmers sign up for hospice fund-raiser

Donna Cooper's Slimming World groups will be taking part as the Mildenhall Mavels team in St Nicholas Hospice Care's Girls Night Out walk
Donna Cooper's Slimming World groups will be taking part as the Mildenhall Mavels team in St Nicholas Hospice Care's Girls Night Out walk

Slimmers from Mildenhall will be among women donning flashing pink bunny ears and pyjamas for St Nicholas Hospice Care’s annual sponsored moonlight walk through Bury St Edmunds.

The Mildenhall Marvels team – all members of Donna Cooper’s Slimming World groups – signed up this week to take part in the hospice’s popular Girls’ Night Out fund-raiser, which will take place on September 12.

Donna, a Slimming World consultant of almost 20 years, is the first in the company’s 43-year history to be awarded both Pearl and Gold statuses for two groups in the same day – meaning more than 250 people have attended her classes for 13 consecutive weeks.

She managed to persuade 100 of her members to register for the hospice fund-raiser last year and is aiming to top that with at least 150 sign-ups this year.

She is also keen to smash last year’s fund-raising total of £13,500 so has set herself a target to raise £15,000.

She said: “We’re a huge group and a huge community so it’s nice to be able to do something to recognise that - there are 300 members so if I can get half of them on board to take part in the walk in some way, even fund-raising or marshalling, it’ll be great to be able to give something back.”

She added: “It’s lovely, the way they run it, the way they organise it, you really feel like you’re making a difference. It’s nice to be able to support something local and the atmosphere is absolutely amazing.”

Girls’ Night Out, now in its sixth year, is the hospice’s biggest annual fund-raiser and attracted a record number of participants last time round.

This year’s walk will start on Angel Hill, Bury, at 6.30pm. Registration costs £10 per person until May 31 and £15 after.

To find out more, or to register to take part, visit www.stnicholashospice.org.uk