ONE eager fund-raiser wasted no time in signing up for this year’s Girls Night Out.
For the second year in a row, Carol Amps, 56, of Rickinghall, has been the first person to register for St Nicholas Hospice Care’s biggest fund-raiser of the year.
This will be the fourth time Carol has taken part in the event, which last year saw 700 women take to the streets of Bury St Edmunds to raise money for the charity.
Speaking about her first time joining the walk Carol said: “It was just such a lovely night and the atmosphere was fantastic.
“You can’t describe the emotion and exhilaration of taking part, as well as raising money for a good cause.”
Carol’s brother, Paul Seager, stayed in St Nicholas Hospice for three weeks before his death 13 years ago.
Since then, Carol has dedicated a lot of time to raising as much money as possible for the hospice.
Carol said: “When Paul came to the hospice, it was such a change.
“From the day he went in he was like a different person.
“One night, just sitting at the hospice, a nurse came out to us with a pot of tea – she was crying with us.
“I will never forget that. The staff are wonderful and work so hard.”
At two points along the route of the Girls Night Out participants are invited to pin poems, pictures and memories of their loved ones on memory boards.
Carol said: “On last year’s walk I carried a photograph of Paul in my waistband and he was with me for half of the walk, before I put him on the memory board when we reached the hospice.
“The memory board reminds you that there is a great cause behind it all.”
This year’s Girls Night Out will set off from Angel Hill at 8pm on September 15.
Carol said: “The experience is incredible there is so many of you and everybody is so happy.
“As soon as you finish you look forward to next year.”