Bury St Edmunds: Call goes up to sign up for Moonlight Walk

Getting ready for this year's Moonlight Walk in Bury St Edmunds

Getting ready for this year's Moonlight Walk in Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Contributed

THE call has gone out today for women to join up to party for the annual Girls’ Night Out moonlight walk.

Every year hundreds of women gather on Angel Hill, in Bury St Edmunds, to walk 11.2 or six miles around the town to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Girls’ Night Out launched in 2009, and the 2013 event, being held on Saturday, September 14, will have a pyjama party theme to mark the fifth walk.

Georgina Carr, hospice community fundraising manager, said: “We hope to see as many women on Angel Hill as possible to ensure the fifth Girls’ Night Out is the biggest birthday party the town has ever seen.

Please sign up, bring your friends and your party spirit. All we ask is that you wear your pyjamas – or the T-shirt every walker will receive – and comfortable footwear and do your best to raise sponsorship. Last year 700 women took part and raised £100,000 so let’s see if we can top that total in 2013.”

Jenny Baskett, events and challenges fundraiser, added: “As well as the Girls’ Night Out being a great way to support your local hospice, there is a tremendous sense of fun and camaraderie on the walk. September may seem a long way off, but if you already know you want to take part in the Girls’ Night Out, why not sign up now?”

Two walk veterans are Anna Fletcher, from Bury St Edmunds, and Heidi Winch, from Bures.

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Teenager Anna, 18, a student studying fashion at West Suffolk College, said: “I took part last year because my friend was doing it. It was really good fun and there was a really good atmosphere. Everyone taking part was really lovely. I will definitely do it again this year. It is a fun thing to do with your friends.”

For Heidi, 36, it will be the third time she has taken part.

She said: It’s such a buzz. My brother, Mark Baxter, 31, died four years ago from testicular cancer after being diagnosed three years earlier. I didn’t really know about the hospice before Mark’s illness but the treatment the whole family had was fantastic.”

To take part fill out a registration form (available from hospice shops in Bury, Sudbury, Newmarket, Haverhill, Thetford, Mildenhall and Brandon or the hospice), along with a registration fee and send to Events and Challenges Fundraiser, St Nicholas Hospice Care, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2QY. Or sign up online, at www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk

Registration normally costs £15, including a T-shirt, but early birds can sign up for just £10 until May 31.