Were you part of the 'emotional' Girls Night Out?

Twinkling bunny ears welcome back pyjama clad ladies for the welcome return of the 2021 Girls Night

Pyjama-clad ladies wearing twinkling bunny ears return for the 2021 Girls Night Out from Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds, raising valuable funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Hundreds of women wearing pink flashing bunny ears turned out last night to walk miles across Bury St Edmunds.

The annual Girls Night Out for St Nicholas Hospice Care saw more than 800 people support the charity by walking a six or 11.2-mile route around the town.

West Suffolk ante-natal clinic staff with community engagement officer PC Lee Andrews-Pearce.

West Suffolk ante-natal clinic staff with community engagement officer PC Lee Andrews-Pearce. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Funds are still being counted, but the hospice said every penny raised would "make a massive difference to the charity".

Girls Night Out is a huge source of income for St Nicholas Hospice Care, raising more than £220,000 in 2019.

Volunteer Police Cadets from Sudbury, Murren Anderson, Maisie Anderson, Issy Reeve and Gracie Camp. 

Volunteer Police Cadets from Sudbury, Murren Anderson, Maisie Anderson, Issy Reeve and Gracie Camp. - Credit: Andy Abbott

But last year the event had to be scaled back due to Covid, with supporters walking in their own local areas, making more than £60,000 for the cause.


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Charlie De-Moore, the hospice’s events fundraiser and event organiser, said: “Thank you to everyone who has taken part in 2021’s Jaynic Girls Night Out and made it such a huge success.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral curate the Rev Sarah Geileskey and cathedral staff. 

St Edmundsbury Cathedral curate the Rev Sarah Geileskey and cathedral staff. - Credit: Andy Abbott

"The money raised is incredibly important because it helps us continue our work to support families at such difficult times. 

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“It is always emotional to see the walkers set off from Angel Hill together and to see such wonderful community spirit across the town, but this year it felt truly wonderful to see how much support for St Nicholas Hospice Care there is across the community."

Griggs girls gather for the event.

Griggs Girls gather for the event. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Hannah Smith, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, was walking with her best friend Natalie Holmes, said: “This is my first Girls Night Out and what a great occasion to be part of.

"My family were supported by the hospice years ago after the death of my grandpa.

"The support we felt from the nurses and everyone on the ward has always stayed with me. This walk is a thank you to them and in memory of my grandpa.”  

Dalehead Foods colleagues from Portugal.

Dalehead Foods colleagues from Portugal. - Credit: Andy Abbott

The event’s build-up for newlyweds, Josh and Becky Cramer, made a perfect backdrop for some of their wedding photos as bunny-eared walkers posed alongside them for some of their snaps. 

More than 200 volunteers and marshals supported the event, while emergency services and RAF 2623 Squadron were also on hand to ensure everything ran smoothly. 

The Sassy Striders from West Suffolk Hospital.

The Sassy Striders from West Suffolk Hospital. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Walkers also remembered loved ones at the memory walls on Angel Hill and outside the hospice and during the event’s memory minute, which was observed before walkers set off on their challenge.  

During the build-up to the start, the hospice also invited some of the hospice's Covid heroes onto the stage to recognise them for their support throughout the pandemic.

Friends and family from Haverhill.

Friends and family from Haverhill. - Credit: Andy Abbott

They included: members of the Thetford Open Gardens committee, Jo Birch, who set up a Facebook group to support the making of scrubs, Martin McConnell, who has recently completed 2021km in memory of a friend, Melanie Furness, who completed 30 half marathons in 30 days, and Allison Humphreys who recently finished the virtual Lands End to John O'Groats challenge.  

Bunny ears twinkle during the warm-up. 

Bunny ears twinkle during the warm-up. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Helen Butler, Janice Freeman and Caroline Rogers.

Helen Butler, Janice Freeman and Caroline Rogers. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Ultrasound staff from the West Suffolk Hospital.

Ultrasound staff from the West Suffolk Hospital. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Meriel Sykes and daughter Lara.

Meriel Sykes and daughter Lara. - Credit:  Andy Abbott

Amanda Kerr and Louise King from Ames in Thetford.

Amanda Kerr and Louise King from Ames in Thetford. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Walking in memory of Frederick Sanders.

Walking in memory of Frederick Sanders. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Twinkling bunny ears welcome back pyjama clad ladies for the welcome return of the 2021 Girls Night

Staff from the Sheridan School in Northwold near Thetford. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Jardine BMW walkers from Bury.

Jardine BMW walkers from Bury. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Twinkling bunny ears on Angel Hill. 

Twinkling bunny ears on Angel Hill. - Credit: Andy Abbott


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