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Volunteer marshals for Girls Night Out.
Volunteer marshals for Girls Night Out.
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The Bury Free Press has stepped in to help hundreds of women raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care - and is calling for its readers to get involved too.

When St Nicholas Hospice Care approached us to see if any of our staff could volunteer as marshals at its Girls Night Out fund-raiser we rallied around.

On September 14 nine members of our team will join other volunteer marshals to ensure the women taking part in the moonlight walk get around the course safely and the event runs smoothly.

However, although the Bury Free Press team has helped to boost the numbers, the Hospice still needs more volunteer marshals.

Jenny Baskett, Hospice Events and Challenges Fund-raiser, said: “Volunteering as a marshal is a great way to get involved with Girls Night Out and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of the evening if you do not feel able to complete the walk yourself, or if you are a man!

“Many of our marshals thoroughly enjoy themselves and return to help each year. We already have 60 volunteers this year, but we need at least 50 more.

“We equip our marshals with high-visability vests, course maps, plasters, torches and flashing bunny ears. All they need to supply is a smile, enthusiasm and the ability to encourage walkers around the route – especially any who might be feeling a little weary near the end. Wearing pyjamas is optional.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer marshal should contact Jenny for more information on 01284 715583 or email

There is also still time to sign-up if you want to take part in the event and join hundreds of other women in supporting the hospice’s work.

Girls Night Out is the charity’s biggest fund-raiser of the year and will see women dressed in pyjamas complete a six or 11.2 course.

To sign up go to