Women step out for hospice and raise £105,000

Girls Night Out. ''FL;
Girls Night Out. ''FL;
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A sea of flashing rabbit ears travelled through Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night as more than 1,000 pyjama-clad women raised approximately £105,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

A sea of flashing rabbit ears travelled through Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night as more than 1,000 pyjama-clad women raised approximately £105,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Girls Night Out. ''FL;

Girls Night Out. ''FL;

In its fifth year Girls Night Out broke records with more women than ever before signing-up to support the hospice.

Jenny Baskett, hospice events and challenges fund-raiser, said she found it ‘joyful and emotional’ to see so many women cross the start line.

She said: “I’m just amazed at how much the event has grown and delighted it has become part of the community - I wish I could walk with them.”

The 1020 women set off from Angel Hill at 8pm on Saturday after completing a zumba warm-up.

Girls Night Out. ''FL;

Girls Night Out. ''FL;

They walked 11.2 or six miles in the moonlight returning to Angel Hill where they were greeted by a bacon roll and a mug of hot chocolate.

Many of those taking part walked in memory of someone helped by the hospice.

A team of teachers and friends from Culford School, who dubbed themselves The Culfordettes, walked in memory of Stjohn Weyers a former teacher at the school. They wore his trademark round glasses and stripy outfits for the walk.

Jo Lebbon, Tracy [corr] Brown and Alison Price, of Bury St Edmunds, decided to walk together in memory of Tony Brown, who died in 2007.

Tracy said: “This is my third time doing Girls Night Out, and I am doing it in memory of my dad because he was in the Hospice. I also volunteer in the Hospice shop, in St John’s Street, because I know exactly what good work the Hospice does.”

Paula Tyrrell of Thurston, walked in memory of Jo Hicks. She said: “It’s absolutely amazing just the fact everybody turns out and makes an effort.“

Kevin Clements, fund-raising and marketing director, said: “Girls Night Out is an incredible event, which gets bigger every year. Angel Hill was a sea of flashing bunny ears – it was something quite special to see.

“All the money raised by walkers will be spent in this community, because St Nicholas Hospice Care is a local community Hospice, supporting patients and their families in West Suffolk and Thetford.”

For a full galley of pictures from Girls Night Out see Friday’s Bury Free Press,