30 August 2018

Excitement builds as countdown to 10th Girls Night Out starts

Pyjama-clad women are set to light up Bury St Edmunds as the countdown to a moonlight charity walk begins.

Taking place on Saturday, 8 September, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Girls Night Out walk, sees women come together in their pyjamas and flashing bunny ears while walking either six or 11.2 miles around the town.

Supported for the second time by main sponsor JM Finn, last year the walk raised £275,000 for the charity and organisers are hoping even more women will don their bunny ears and join those already signed up in a bid to beat that total this year.

Jenny Smith, hospice events manager, said: “This year will be our 10th walk and to say everyone is excited really is an understatement. Girls Night Out is such a special event for us and our wonderful walkers and supporters who join us year after year. The occasion always has such an amazing atmosphere. To see more than 2,000 women waiting on Angel Hill proudly wearing their bunny ears really is such a special moment.”

“We are so grateful to everyone who helps to make Girls Night Out the event it is – our walkers, volunteers, our sponsors for their continued generosity and of course the people of Bury St Edmunds who line the route to spur our walkers on.

The event’s main sponsors JM Finn will also be entering their own team on the night. Dubbed the Fat ‘n’ Finns the team, some of whom took part last year, are looking forward to pulling on their trainers and donning their bunny ears for the second time.

Pippa Horton, the team’s captain and secretary at JM Finn’s Bury office, said: “We are looking forward to taking part again. Last year was amazing. I think personally for me one of the highlights had to be when you walked down Northgate Street and all you could see was a sea of bunny ears. It really was an amazing sight to see and knowing you are doing it to support a local charity is so important.”

On the night, walkers will set off from Angel Hill around 8pm; beforehand there will be a fun Zumba warm-up from a team of local Zumba instructors.

There will also be memory boards on Angel Hill and at the charity’s hospice building in Hardwick Lane where people can remember loved ones who have died. To mark the 10th walk there will be a memory minute before walkers set with those taking part also receiving a celebratory cupcake and hot drink at the finish. Walkers are encouraged to bring along their own torches.

There is still time to sign up to take part in Girls Night Out. Registration costs £15, including a T-shirt and a pair of flashing bunny ears.

Registration forms are available from hospice shops or you can sign up online at www.girlsnightoutwalk.co.uk.

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