Registration is open for Girls Night Out walk in Bury St Edmunds aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care
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A popular fundraising event which involves hundreds of women wearing flashing bunny ears is back again this year.
People can now sign up to the annual Girls Night Out in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care which is returning to the town this September.
Last year’s event saw 1,500 women take part and raised £150,000 for the charity.
For the event on Saturday, September 12, participants can choose to walk either 11.2 or six miles around Bury, with walkers gathering on Angel Hill as dusk falls to prepare for the start.
The event sees hundreds of women wearing pyjamas and flashing bunny ears as they take part in the moonlight walk.
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Jenny Baskett, hospice events and challenges fundraiser, said: “All the Girls Night Out ingredients previous walkers have grown to know and love will be included again this year: entertainment along the route, hot chocolate and a bacon roll (or veggie alternative) at the end and, most importantly, a wonderful atmosphere throughout the whole evening. We always have a lot of fun at Girls Night Out and this year will be no exception.
“I hope it will be the biggest and best yet, smashing all previous records, so I am appealing for women to sign up to take part and to ask their friends, family and colleagues to walk with us.”
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Donna Cooper, Mildenhall Slimming World consultant, galvanised more than 100 women to take part in 2014. She is hoping to lead an even bigger Mildenhall Marvels team in September.
“Because the hospice is local, we felt like we were making a difference and because there are two routes it means everyone feels they can do it. Afterwards there was a real buzz and everyone was so proud of their achievements, it felt like a celebration,” she said.
Kelly Rought, of Lakenheath, walked for the first time in 2014 after being persuaded to join the Mildenhall Marvels Slimming World team.
“I lost one of my best friends in 1995. She died at the hospice on Christmas Day. I’ve always supported the hospice, but last year was the first time I felt confident to take part in Girls Night Out, after I lost five stone. I got a good feeling out of doing it and I can’t wait to walk again.”
Registration is open now, with an early sign-up offer of £10 per person valid until May 31 (it is £15 registration from June 1). To register, fill out a form available from the hospice or any of its shops and send it, along with the registration fee, to: Events and Challenges Fundraiser, St Nicholas Hospice Care, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 2QY.
People can also sign up online at www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk