Girls Night Out: Pull on your PJs and raise funds...
Participants, who wear pyjamas, trainers and flashing bunny ears, will walk 11.2 or six-miles around Bury St Edmunds on the evening of 13 September.
Rachael [corr] Leeves, 28, of Bury, took part for the first time last year.
“I lost my dad, John Leaves, in June and I did the walk in September,” she said. “My dad had pancreatic cancer and the Hospice staff came out to us in his final days. The fact that the nurses came out to us was a huge help. We would have been lost without the Hospice.”
Denise Griffin, 58, of Haverhill, has secondary bone cancer but still took part in Girls Night Out last September, when she was pushed around the course in a wheelchair by Hospice staff Angela Jiggins and Gill Austin.
“Girls Night Out is for a great cause. It raises awareness of what the Hospice does, as well as raising funds. It raises money, which is what it’s all about,” she said.
Kelly Brinkley, 37, of Thetford, has taken part in the walk every year since it started in 2009.
She said: “The Hospice is absolutely amazing. My husband, Darren, died there five years ago. Without the Hospice I wouldn’t have been able to cope.”
In 2013 1,020 women took part in Girls Night Out, raising more than £115,000. Already this year more than 1,200 women have registered.
Jenny Baskett, Hospice Events and Challenges Fundraiser, said: “We are thrilled so many women have already signed up to walk with us on this year’s Girls Night Out. We know it is going to be a brilliant party on 13 September, but there is still plenty of time to get involved.
“All the funds raised by Girls Night Out will help to support patients and families in West Suffolk and Thetford.”
Registration is open now, at £15 per person. Go to www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk or pick up an application form at any of the Hospice’s charity shops.
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