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A record number of women took part in this year’s spectacular Girls Night Out event in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

Angel Hill was a sea of flashing bunny ears as around 1,800 girls lined up to take on the six or 11.2-mile courses.

A sea of flashing furry bunny ears as a record breaking gathering of intrepid fund-raising ladies gather for the Girl's Night Out walk for St Nicholas Hospice Care on the Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night. ANL-150914-094455009
A sea of flashing furry bunny ears as a record breaking gathering of intrepid fund-raising ladies gather for the Girl's Night Out walk for St Nicholas Hospice Care on the Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night. ANL-150914-094455009

The event, now in its seventh year, looks to have raised more than £160,000 for St Nicholas Hospice care.

The huge crowd warmed up before their moonlit hike with a ten minute Zumba routine on Angel Hill before setting off at 8pm.

It was an especially emotional night for Gemma Erskine, 16, from Ixworth.

Joined by a group of her best friends, Gemma was walking in memory of her mum Faye Erskine, who died just last week.

Gemma Erskine, 16, from Ixworth, (centre right) was walking in memory of her mother Faye Erskine, who died last week. She was joined by her friend Beth Little, 16, from Ixworth, (centre left) whose mother passed away in June.
Gemma Erskine, 16, from Ixworth, (centre right) was walking in memory of her mother Faye Erskine, who died last week. She was joined by her friend Beth Little, 16, from Ixworth, (centre left) whose mother passed away in June.

“I promised her I would do it, she said, “so here I am.

“My mum was at St Nicholas Hospice for a month.

“They were absolutely amazing in the way they are supporting us.

“We cannot have asked for anything better.

Sisters Sara Nicholas and Jayne Knights and 'Team Susie' were walking in memory of their mum Susan Manning. ANL-150914-100733001
Sisters Sara Nicholas and Jayne Knights and 'Team Susie' were walking in memory of their mum Susan Manning. ANL-150914-100733001

“We have raised £450 at the moment but we only started it last week.

“I am looking forward to the walk. It will be quite demanding but should be fun.”

Joining Gemma was her best friend Beth Little, 16, who was walking for her mum Jo Little, who passed away in June.

“I’m doing it for her”, she said.

Mother and daughter Sara Bagnall and Stella Atkins were walking in memory of Bridget Atkins - Sara's grandmother and Stella's Mother-in-law ANL-150914-100745001
Mother and daughter Sara Bagnall and Stella Atkins were walking in memory of Bridget Atkins - Sara's grandmother and Stella's Mother-in-law ANL-150914-100745001

“She was in the MacMillan ward at the hospital but had the support from St Nicholas Hospice.

“My 13-year-old sister Esther is doing the walk as well.”

The ‘Zena 10’ fund-raising team were out in full force with a 110 pyjama-clad walkers taking part.

The campaign has so far raised a whopping £15,000 for the hospice in memory of Zena Butcher, who died ten years ago aged 37.

Zena’s daughter Connie, 16, said Girls Night Out was the culmination of months of fund-raising events.

“It is amazing seeing everyone here now,” she said, “It’s so nice to have everyone together.

Friends Sarah Jefferys-Emrys, from Bradfield St George, and Carrie Evans, from Cockfield. ANL-150914-100808001
Friends Sarah Jefferys-Emrys, from Bradfield St George, and Carrie Evans, from Cockfield. ANL-150914-100808001

“We have got £15,000 raised now and we still have another £2,000 to come.

“Hopefully we can get to the £20,000 - you never know.”

Sarah Jefferys-Emrys, from Bradfield St George and Carrie Evans, from Cockfield, said they couldn’t wait to get walking.

“I had such a good time doing it last year,” said Sarah.

“It’s a great excuse to get fit and do some walking for such a good cause - and you get to wear bunny ears legitimately.”

Sisters Sara Nicholas and Jayne Knights were walking in memory of their mother.

“It’s a very meaningful event,” said Sara. “It makes you remember them in a happy way, to remember the good times.

“It is a celebration of life for everyone we miss.”

Mother and daughter Sara Bagnall, from Stanton, and Stella Atkins, from Hepworth, were walking for Sara’s grandmother Bridget Atkins.

Sara said: “I have always admired Girls Night Out but had never had the courage to do it but my friends persuaded me this year.”

Stella said: “It is an amazing event. I absolutely love it and it is for such a good cause.

“I’m walking in memory of my mother in law, Sara’s nanny. The hospice looked after her - a very lovely lady.”



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