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Mildenhall Marvels' Plan B for St Nicholas Hospice Care walk

Mildenhall Marvels will support St Nicholas Hospice Care with their own Girls Night Out inspired walk. (1931140)
Mildenhall Marvels will support St Nicholas Hospice Care with their own Girls Night Out inspired walk. (1931140)

A diary clash won't stop a group of fund-raisers from going the extra mile for St Nicholas Hospice Care's biggest money-spinning event.

The Mildenhall Marvels team have supported the charity's Girls Night Out walk in Bury St Edmunds for a number of years but a planned celebration will prevent them from taking part in the 10th annual event on September 8.

Rather than miss out, they have come up with a plan B - a mini Girls Night Out in Mildenhall two weeks before.

Team leader Donna Cooper, who is a Slimming World consultant, said: "I was absolutely gutted when I realised I wouldn't be able to take part in this year's Girls Night Out.

"As a team, we have always supported the hospice and this event is so important, which is why we just had to come up with a plan B."

Their event, on August 26, will see walkers complete either a three, seven or 10-mile route from Mildenhall Cricket Club along the West Row path, with others helping out as marshals.

Donna, whose team is usually made up of about 150 women, said: "It would be great if we could have 50 Mildenhall Marvels taking part on the day.

"I would love it if we were able to raise at least £5,000 for the charity.

"The hospice makes such a difference helping people on our own doorstep and I'm determined to keep supporting the work it does."

She is also encouraging those who can to join the official Girls Night Out, which includes an 11.2 or six mile route through Bury.

"Whichever walk members of the group do they will be making a difference," she said.

Last year's event raised a record £275,000 for the hospice, which cares for patients in West Suffolk and Thetford facing long-term and life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Women who wish to join the hospice's Girls Night Out on September 8 can register for £10 per person until May 31. Registration is £15 from June 1 onwards.

Sign up at www.girlsnightoutwalk.co.uk or pick up an application form from one of the hospice's shops.

Participants must be aged 14 and those between 14 and 17 must walk with someone over the age of 18.

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