Market traders get behind charity event
Market traders are getting behind St Nicholas Hospice Care’s biggest fundraising event.
Girls Night Out is returning on Saturday, September 14 for the eleventh time to Bury St Edmunds.
Tony Wilson, who has been on Bury St Edmunds market for over 30 years has helped ensure walkers will have an energy boost by donating bananas during the 11.2 or six mile walks.
Tony said: “Every year I think we must do something for Girls Night Out. The hospice is such a worthy cause and I have lots of customers who support it. It really is an event for the town so we should be doing what we can.
“I’ll be donating some bananas for the night and on the day, 14 September, we will be decorating the stalls, letting people know it is happening and just creating a bit of a buzz.
“The hospice is for the people of Bury and we are the people of Bury so anything we can do to
support it we will.”
The walk, which sets off from Angel Hill at 8pm, sees women put their best feet forward while wearing pyjamas and flashing bunny ears to raise vital awareness of the hospice and its services.
Sharon Fairweather, Market Development Officer for West Suffolk County Council, said: “We like to support local charities and community groups and are always willing to help them in whatever way we can.
“It was the traders who decided to support Girls Night Out, it’s very much been led by them, and we’re happy to support them.”
Fellow trader Darren Old has completed two sponsored swims for the charity raising £440.
He said: “It is just good to be able to support the hospice. It is such an important charity for Bury. I think all of us must know someone who has been supported by the hospice, whether that’s a family member or friends.”
Last year 2,100 women took part in Girls Night Out, raising £226,000.
This year’s walk is again being supported by main sponsor JM Finn, organisers are hoping even more women will join them on the night.
Jenny Smith, the hospice’s events manager, said: “We are so grateful to the Bury market traders for their support. Girls Night Out really is an event for the whole town, and we need a variety of different support to make it happen.
“We are so grateful to Tony for donating the bananas, and all of the traders for supporting and promoting the event. Their support really highlights the community spirit that surrounds this occasion.”
Those wanting to help the charity by signing up for Girls Night Out can still do so.
Registration costs £15, which includes a T-shirt and medal at the finish line. There will be cupcakes for finishers too.
Marham Park, Sanofi and Chassis Cab are also sponsoring the event.
You can pick up registration forms from any of the hospice’s shops or you can sign up online at: www.girlsnightoutwalk.co.uk