Minnie’s Moonies take on hospice pyjama challenge

Girls Night Out team from Red Lodge
Girls Night Out team from Red Lodge
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A group of friends will walk the streets of Bury St Edmunds, by moonlight, in their pyjamas in order to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Many members of the team, called Minnie’s Moonies, have had friends and relatives helped by the hospice.

Their name was given by Minnie Wordley who died in March following a six year battle with cancer.

Minnie received advice and help from St Nicholas Hospice Care that allowed her to remain at home and would attend art classes and sessions organised by the hospice.

The name Minnie’s Moonies was first used in 2012 when Minnie’s daughters Katrina Naruszewicz, 36, of Mumford, and Hayley Mayers, 25, of Cavenham, completed the London Moon Walk and raised more than £3,000.

Katrina said: “She liked being there and felt safe there. When she died in March we had no flowers and had everything donated, we wanted to give a little bit back.”

Vicki Cox, 44, of Red Lodge, will be taking part in her fifth Girls Night Out as part of the team.

Both her parents received support from St Nicholas Hospice Care either as an inpatient or at home.

She said: “It’s an absolutely incredible place and it needs all the support it gets, nothing was too much trouble, we were never scared, they were very supportive.”

Vicki has also volunteered as a hairdresser at the hospice. She said: “I thought it would be very sad I had never experienced a hospice before mum was diagnosed and its not at all what I imagined.”

The team is hoping to have eight or nine members who will set out on the pyjama party themed event and complete either the 11.2 or six mile course on September 14.

Vicki said: “It’s an amazing atmosphere you’re all there to support such an amazing place it’s just a really good thing to do.”

Team member Kelly Judd, 37, of Red Lodge, has previously taken part in Race For Life.

Her friend Cherry Vickers was helped by the hospice after being diagnosed with breast cancer and she views Girls Night Out as a new challenge as well as a fund-raising opportunity.

This is the fifth Girls Night Out event and organisers are hoping to make it ‘the biggest birthday party the town has ever seen’.

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