St Nicholas Hospice Care’s annual Girls Night Out will return to the streets of Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, September 8, with registrations for the event, the tenth of its kind, now open.
Since the event began in 2009 it has resulted in more than £1.2m for the charity, which cares for those across West Suffolk and Thetford with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.
With more than 11,228 pairs of feet pacing the pavements of Bury over the years, organisers are hoping record numbers of women will join them this year.
Jenny Smith, the hospice’s events manager, said: “I really do have to pinch myself when I think back to our first Girls Night Out walk in 2009. I am so proud that I have been able to watch this event grow. As a local charity, we are overwhelmed by the incredible support we received, and I hope 2018 will be the biggest and best walk yet.”
Main sponsor investment managers J M Finn once again support this year’s walk, which last year resulted in an amazing £275,000 for the charity.
As the countdown for this year’s event begins sisters Lisa Trevelyan and Ruth Tucker and Lisa’s daughter Penny Boyle, who are part of a family team of five who have donned their bunny ears each year are already looking forward to the walk.
Walking in memory of their mother and nanny Carol Tucker, who died just three weeks before the first event, the team say taking part helps them keep an important connection with the charity.
Lisa said: “Our mother died in the August and then the first Girls Night Out walk took place in the September. The five of us decided we wanted to do it as a family. After mum died and we heard about Girls Night Out, it just seemed like fate, we all knew it was something we wanted to do,” added Ruth.
Joined by sister Sharon Giles and her daughter Lianne Easton, the group are well supported by the male members of their family who have volunteered at the event.
During the event, participants who will walk either 11.2 or six miles around Bury, will be able to remember their loved ones with messages and pictures, on two memory boards, one on Angel Hill and one at the hospice in Hardwick Lane.
You can sign-up online at www.girlsnightoutwalk.co.uk. You must be aged 14 to take part and those between 14 and 17 must walk with someone over the age of 18.
An early sign-up offer of £10 per person is valid until 31 May (£15 registration from 1 June onwards).
Pictured above, left to right, are Ruth Tucker, Lisa Trevelyan and Penny Boyle who will be joining the Girls Night Out crowd on Saturday, September 8.