Hospice halfway towards Girls Night Out fund-raising target

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MORE than 500 women have signed up to take part in this year’s Girls Night Out.

Wendy Boag, 38, of Allisons Close, Thetford, has told the Bury Free Press why St Nicholas Hospice Care is such a worthwhile cause.

Wendy’s father, Thomas Adams, moved into St Nicholas Hospice aged 68, shortly before his death from bowel cancer in March 2008.

Wendy said: “It was quite sudden. He was taken there to give my step-mum a rest – he was only there for three or four days but it was a really big support because it was hard to care for him at home and it’s such a peaceful place.”

Mr Adams was diagnosed with bowel cancer only five or six weeks before his death at the hospice.

Wendy said that the hospice was a great help to her family, not only while her father was staying there but also in providing support after his death.

Wendy said: “What I really remember is the volunteers making us all cups of tea –everyone was so supportive.

“I think not having the hospice would have made the whole thing so much more traumatic, I know some people like the idea of dying at home but dad was in so much pain and he had morphine at the hospice and it made it easier for him and so much easier for us.”

Wendy described the hospice as a quiet and serene place that provided her family with the help and support they needed.

Wendy is raising money for the hospice by taking part in this year’s Girls Night Out.

This is the first time dental nurse Wendy has taken part in the event and she will be walking with a colleague.

Wendy said: “It will be good to remember dad, have some fun and raise as much as I can.

“I know times are hard but I’m looking to raise £100-£150 – it’s a great cause, it’s a wonderful place and the support is there when you need it most.”

Girls Night Out is St Nicholas Hospice’s biggest fund-raising event of the year and this year they are hoping to have more than a 1,000 women dressed in togas walking around the streets of Bury St Edmunds by moonlight.

The hospice has recently passed the half-way point to its 1,000-women target with 518 already registered.

Jenny Baskett, hospice events and challenges fund-raiser, said: “I am thrilled so many women have already signed up to take part.

“To be more than half-way to the target of 1,000 participants is just fantastic and it means Girls Night Out 2012 is already shaping up to be the best yet.

“I urge women who are still thinking about taking part to take the plunge and register.”

The Olympic-themed event will set off from Angel Hill at 7pm on September 15.

To sign up, go to www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk, call Jenny on 01284 715583 or pick up a registration form, available from all hospice shops. Registration costs £15 – including a T-shirt.