Belles all set for charity walk

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A TEAM of 11 women will lace up their walking shoes this weekend for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The fundraisers, who have dubbed themselves the Bures Belles, will take part in the charity’s Girls Night Out event – an 11.2-mile walk around Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

The group consists of Kate Buckle, Karen Turner and Debra King, who all work at Great Cornard Upper School, Rachel Bush, Sarah Manning, Charlotte Scott, Sue Shackell, Victoria Shennan, Flea Tozer, Julie Whittle and Heidi Winch.

Mrs Winch, who lives with her husband Stephen and three children in Bures, joined the group late. She had planned to do the walk alone in memory of her brother Mark Baxter, who was cared for at the hospice before his death two years ago.

She said: “The hospice staff were just so kind and helpful when he went in.

“Just before he died, we stayed with him for three days. They found beds for us and they were so thoughtful with everything.

“The day he died was the day of my daughter Sophie’s birthday, and they came and woke me up at 5.30am with a cup of tea as they knew I wanted to get back to Bures to see her.”

She added: “I was all set to do it on my own, but then the girls heard I was doing it and invited me to join.”

A number of the group will be walking the streets of Bury St Edmunds in their pyjamas. They start at 8pm.

So far they have raised around £1,800 between them.

Mrs Scott, from Bures, said: “The hospice asks that every participant raises £100 each, and we are hoping to double that.

“We hope we are ready – we have been doing group walks of between six and seven miles and over the summer holidays a few of us have done eight miles or so.

“Our trainers are broken in and we are confident our footwear is the right type at least.”

To donate to the group, visit www.justgiving.com/buresbelles.