Gallery: Toga trek through Bury St Edmunds is a triumph for hospice

MORE than 750 toga-clad women took to the streets of Bury St Edmunds on Saturday evening – and raised �118,000 for the local hospice.

Participants in the Girls’ Night Out fundraising walk for St Nicholas Hospice Care set off from Angel Hill on routes of 11 or six miles around the town. Walkers were able to prepare for the challenge before the 8pm start with a Zumba warm-up – and there was plenty to entertain them at various points along the routes, with performances by Silvermist Majorettes and the Glenmoriston Pipe Band.

Walkers were welcomed back to the finish at Angel Hill with hot chocolate and bacon rolls supplied by Asda.

Organiser Jenny Baskett said the event was an enormous success, and she thanked the 100-or-so volunteers who helped with tasks such as marshalling and handing out water.

The walk is a key annual fundraising event for St Nicholas Hospice Care, which needs to raise �11,000 every day to keep it running.