Meet the Girls Night Out organising team

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Whether it’s a question about the route, a query about a sponsorship form or bright idea for a fundraiser, bunny ears and pyjamas are never far from the minds of the Hospice’s Girls Night Out Events Team, consisting of Jenny Smith, Charlie De-Moore and Emma Clements. 

It’s their job to make sure all of our walkers have a wonderful time and the night runs without a hitch. Their duties, to name just a few, are to make sure that everyone stays safe, that there are plenty of T-shirts to go around, enough loos on the night and of course that everyone gets their bunny ears. 

You will have received emails from them and possibly even phone calls, but if you see them on the night, don’t forget to say hello and give them a wave!

Mildenhall Marvels go the extra mile

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Thank you to the Mildenhall Marvels who will once again be going the extra mile to support this year’s Girls Night Out.

With a diary clash meaning they are unable to join everyone for the 10th walk in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, 8 September, the team didn’t want to miss out so have decided to organise their own mini Girls Night Out.

With Mildenhall Slimming World consultant Donna Cooper organising the event on Sunday, 26 August, it is hoped 50 marvellous women will take part in the walk, with others helping out on the day as marshals too.

Walkers will be pacing either a three, seven or 10-mile route from Mildenhall Cricket Club along the West Row path.

Good luck Mildenhall Marvels!

Keep warm and hydrated Girls Night Out-style

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If you’d like to keep warm and hydrated in true Girls Night Out style, hoodies and water bottles will be available to buy as you collect your T-shirts, or on the night of the event. 

On the night, we usually hand out water bottles to walkers along the route, however, this year we doing things a bit differently. To reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles we are encouraging walkers to bring their own bottles and containers and at refreshment stops there will be jugs of water that walkers can use to top up their bottles. 

Girls Night Out hoodies: £15 (available in sizes medium / large / extra large)
Girls Night Out water bottle: £3

Where to buy:
Sunday 19 August, 11am–2pm at St Nicholas Hospice Care, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2QY
Thursday 23 August, 5–7pm at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, Southgate Green, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2BL
Saturday 8 September, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, before the walk

Keep an eye out for the Girls Night Out mannequins

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Twelve Bury St Edmunds retailers will be helping us to promote Girls Night Out next week.

From 13-19 August, you'll be able to spot shop mannequins wearing Girls Night Out T-shirts and bunny ears. 

Thank you to the following shops for their generosity: Mistral, Hobbs, Topshop, White Stuff, Next, Peacocks, Laura Ashley, New Look, Javelin, Odyssey, Elizabeth Gash and Blushes of Brandon. You'll also find them in all our Hospice shops.

This year's T-shirts have been revealed!

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Here's a glimpse of this year's Girls Night Out T-shirts!

There are two chances to collect your T-shirts before the event:
Sunday 19 August, 11am–2pm, at St Nicholas Hospice Care, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2QY
Thursday 23 August, 5–7pm at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, Southgate Green, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2BL

If you can't make those days then a friend can collect your T-shirt for you (they just need your name and T-shirt size) or you can collect on the night. You will also be able to collect your bunny ears on the night.

Hospice team joins Girls Night Out

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We're delighted that a team from the Hospice's Sylvan Ward will be walking with us again this year. 

The team said: “We think it is so important to be involved” and “to contribute to the organisation that relies so much on funds raised.”

Some members of the 11-strong team will be walking six miles, whilst others will be challenging themselves to the 11.2-mile route.

Best of luck to the team!

T-shirt collection dates for your diary

This year there are two collection dates:

  • Sunday 19 August, 11am-2pm, at the Hospice
  • Thursday 23 August, 5pm-7pm, at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

One person can collect T-shirts on behalf of the rest of their team or their friends. For those who cannot make either of these dates, T-shirts can be collected on 8 September on Angel Hill, when registering to walk. Bunny ears will be supplied on the night.

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Mother and daughter team set to take on Girls Night Out

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A determined mother and daughter team will don their bunny ears and pyjamas for a special challenge as they take part in Girls Night Out.

The event will be extra special for Belle, as, joined by her daughter Jessie, it will be her chance to complete the event after being prevented from doing so by illness for the last two years.

Belle said: “I am absolutely determined to take part this year. For me, this is so much more than a fundraiser. It’s about achieving a goal that I set myself some time ago.”

Belle had wanted to take part in the walk in 2016 but she was unable to after she was diagnosed with stage three secondary melanoma.

Following an operation to remove a malignant tumour from her inner leg, and lymph nodes from her upper leg and across her abdomen, Belle was diagnosed with lymphoedema in her left leg, which meant she was unable to join 2017’s walk.

Although the lymphoedema causes her a huge amount of pain, difficulty walking and swelling, with a little help from the Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw and her daughter Jessie, Belle has signed up to complete the event’s six-mile route.

Belle said: “I know wanting to complete the six-mile route is very ambitious and it will be extremely tough, but I am so determined to do it. I am very stubborn and I won’t give up.

“I do have post-surgery muscle and nerve damage which means I constantly fall and have difficulty walking on an incline or on uneven surfaces, which is why I am grateful to be going in the rickshaw for the first section.

“I have been working on building up my strength and endurance and I just want to give it a go.

“I will also have my daughter Jessie with me. I have told her she might have to give me a piggyback over the finish line, but I am looking forward to being able to take part with her. We are such a team and we always will be.”

The Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw project is based on the Cycling Without Age scheme that originated in Copenhagen and is now popular in many towns and cities all over the world.

The project involves obtaining funding for a rickshaw, recruiting and training volunteer riders, and then offering free rides around the town to people experiencing limited mobility/and or social isolation.

You can support Belle and Jessie’s fundraising here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/belle-jessie-chilvers 

Meet the women behind this year's Girls Night Out campaign

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Meet the three women who helped us launch this year's Girls Night Out campaign.

Sisters Lisa Trevelyan and Ruth Tucker and Lisa’s daughter Penny Boyle are part of a family team of five who have walked every Girls Night Out since the event began.

Every year they walk in memory of their mother and nanny Carol Tucker, who died just three weeks before the first event.

Here, they share what Girls Night Out means to them.

Lisa says: “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.

Lisa said: “Thinking back to the first night, if I am honest I can’t really remember too much. Taking part was very emotional for all of us. It was very raw.

“That night we did the walk in our quickest time. We had seen how much pain mum had been in and I think we just wanted to walk as quickly as we could to put ourselves through a bit of pain as well.

“But, over the years that has changed. For us it’s not a sad occasion anymore, it is a time when we come together to celebrate and remember mum. There’s a lot of laughter.”

Local Beavers and Cubs hold their own 'Scouts Night Out'

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Inspired by our September event, this group of Beavers and Cubs recently held their very own Scouts Night Out.

The 6th Bury St Edmunds St Mary’s Beaver Scout Colony came up with the initial idea and they were joined by other Beaver and Cub groups from across the area, including the 1st Bury St Edmunds Mayor's Own Beaver Scout Colony, the 1st Lakenheath Beaver Scout Colony, the Great Barton Seasons Beaver Scout Colony and the Great Barton Wolves Cub Scout Pack.

Donning their pyjamas and bunny ears with pride, 111 Beavers, Cubs and their supporters completed the challenge which was over two miles in Nowton Park last week, with many being sponsored in aid of the Hospice too.

Well done and a huge thank you to everyone who took part.

Choir set to support Girls Night Out walkers

We're so grateful to the Rock Vox Choir, who will be welcoming walkers over the finish line again this year.

The 40-strong choir is made up of members from Cambridge, Ely, Mildenhall, Soham, Brandon and Lakenheath.

Clare Clay, who leads the choir, said: “We are all so excited to be supporting Girls Night Out and all of the brilliant walkers taking part. It really is fantastic and we all enjoy it.

“For us, it is such a joy to be able to be there on the night and be able to welcome everyone to the finish line. There is a lot of singing and there is a lot of cheering and whooping too.

“There is just an amazing atmosphere and we are so pleased that we are able to be part of it. Being able to see everyone over the finish line is amazing. It’s like euphoric joy when you are there on the night.”

The choir will be performing a variety of songs plus their very own Girls Night Out medley.

“Last year was the first time we performed the special Girls Night Out arrangement and we will definitely be doing that again this year. We will also have a few other special numbers too,” added Clare.

Thank you to all the choir members, we can't wait to welcome you back in September.

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We've launched Girls Night Out 2018!

Join us for our 10th Girls Night Out walk, sponsored by JM Finn. 

Don your pyjamas, a pair of glowing bunny ears and a huge smile and join us to walk 11.2 or six miles through Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, 8 September. An early-bird discount is available for those who are keen to sign up and get on with their fundraising. Walkers pay £10 each before 31 May and £15 from 1 June onwards.

To sign up, please click here: http://www.girlsnightoutwalk.co.uk/ 

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Record-breaking total for Girls Night Out 2017

We are incredibly excited to reveal Girls Night Out 2017's total - a record-breaking £275,000. 

We can't describe how grateful we are and how much this amazing sum means to the Hospice. Every one of our walkers who gathered in September has made a significant difference, helping us fund the care we provide to those who need it most.

The figure is made up of money raised by walkers as well as generous support and sponsorship from local businesses including main sponsor JM Finn. Without our walkers, volunteers, supporters and sponsors the event would not have grown into the occasion it has.

This year will be Girls Night Out's tenth year! Join us on Saturday, 8 September when we hope as many women as possible will help us celebrate this milestone year. Keep an eye out for details of the big launch, on Friday, 30 March.

Register now for Girls Night Out 2017

We've launched Girls Night Out 2017, sponsored by JM Finn & Co!

Our annual moonlight walk for women is now open for registration. Last year 2,400 women signed up, raising a record £250,000.

So don your pyjamas, a pair of glowing bunny ears and a huge smile and join us to walk 11.2 or six miles through Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, 9 September, 2017.

An early-bird discount is available for those who are keen to sign up and get on with their fundraising. Walkers pay £10 each before 31 May and £15 from 1 June onwards.

To resgister, please click here

Girls Night Out goes global

Fantastic to see that Girls Night Out is going global this year.

After registering for Girls Night Out, Janine Lawrence, from Mildenhall, realised the date clashed with a visit to her son, Richard, stationed with the RAF in Cyprus.

She was determined not to let this stop her, so while Bury St Edmunds fills with pyjama-clad women, Janine will be walking the 11.2-mile route along the Cyprus coast, along with Richard, who will be an honorary girl for the day. Thank you Janine.