Pull on your PJs for hospice walk

THUMBS UP: Marilyn Hughes, second left, helps to launch St Nicholas Hospice Care's Girls Night Out walk.
THUMBS UP: Marilyn Hughes, second left, helps to launch St Nicholas Hospice Care's Girls Night Out walk.

A Glemsford woman, who has seen first hand how vital care for the terminally ill can be, is helping a charity with its biggest fundraiser.

Marilyn Hughes has donned her pyjamas in order to assist St Nicholas Hospice Care with the launch of its 2014 Girls Night Out walk.

The annual moonlit walk for women raises thousands of pounds for the cause and sees those taking part wearing nightwear, trainers and flashing bunny ears to walk either six or 11.2 miles around Bury St Edmunds.

Marilyn, who has completed the walk twice, said she was inspired to do so following the care the hospice provided for her father-in-law as he battled cancer.

“He was not from this area but he had support from a hospice so, for me, the walk was in memory of him,” she said.

“I just think the hospice is an amazing resource for the area. I also think it is important to support something locally.

“It is rather nice to know where your money is going and I know, when I take part in Girls Night Out, that it is something that will help people in this area.”

Last year, Marilyn took part with a group of women from Glemsford WI and she is hopeful that many of the same group will pull on their pyjamas once more.

“We drank Pimm’s as part of our training,” said Marilyn.

“We did go out and do some practice walks as well, but our practice walks mostly either started or finished with Pimm’s.

“The whole team really enjoyed Girls Night Out and, although I was the only one on the team who had done it before, they all said afterwards that they would do it again. So there might be another team this year.”

Last year’s walk saw 1,020 women take part, raising more than £115,000 for the hospice, and organisers are hoping even more women will get involved on Saturday, September 13.

“We are aiming to make this year’s walk even bigger and better,” said Jenny Baskett, hospice events and challenges fundraiser.

“To do that, we are appealing for women to sign up for the walk, bring their friends and family and, of course, be ready for a party.

“All the funds raised by Girls Night Out will help to support patients and their families.”

To sign up, go to www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk. Registration is £10.