Flashing bunny ears look set to light up Bury St Edmunds as a charity opens registrations for its biggest fundraiser.
St Nicholas Hospice Care is planning for their Girls Night Out walk, this year supported by main sponsor Jaynic, to return on Saturday, 11 September, and they are hoping people will pull on their best pyjamas and comfiest trainers to raise funds.
Nic Rumsey, managing director of JAYNIC , who are the main sponsors for the second year running, says:”We’re pleased to be sponsoring the Girls Night Out event again. This year, especially, there has been much greater nationwide awareness of bereavement, so we are proud to be helping a local charity doing such wonderful work with those close to life’s end.”The hospice helps so many people at the most difficult times of their lives and to be able to keep doing that they need the community’s support,”adds Rumsey.
And as last year, JAYNIC’s marketing and office manager Nicola Barber will be forming a team with family and friends to take part in the event. Registrations for Jaynic’s Girls Night Out, which will see people set off from Angel Hill and walk either 11.2 or six miles around Bury St Edmunds, have opened today (Friday, 23 April). Those who sign up before July 2 will receive an early bird discount.
Charlie De-Moore, the hospice’s events fundraiser, said: “Over the years, Girls Night Out has established itself as a firm fixture not only in the hospice’s event calendar but in the calendars of many of our supporters.
“It truly is an event that has turned into the occasion it is because of the love people have for it, and it is wonderful to be able to plan for a more traditional event in 2021.
“In 2020, we asked people to take part in the event in their own areas, and people didn’t disappoint, they pulled on their trainers and raised more than £60,000 more than we ever thought possible, but I know that many missed the camaraderie of a more typical Girls Night Out walk, which makes being able to plan for a more regular event this year even more special.
“If you’ve walked before, it will be great to see you again, if you want to take part for the first time it will be lovely to have you join us. Every step our Jaynic’s Girls Night Out walkers take will make a huge difference to the hospice and those we support at the most difficult times of their lives.”
During the planning stages, the hospice’s fundraising team will continue to pay close attention to government announcements and guidelines. Any measures that need to be in place during the event will be. Changes may need to be made closer to the event.
Walkers will also not receive T-shirts this year, but bunny ears will be available, and everyone will receive a medal upon their completion of the walk.
Registration for JAYNIC’s Girls Night Out walk opens today (Friday, 23 April), with an early sign-up offer of £15 per person valid until July 2 (£20 registration from 3 July onwards).
Walkers should try to aim to raise £100, and the hospice’s fundraising team can offer advice to help people reach their targets.
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.
It is intended that the event will stick to its usual start time of 8pm, with walkers able to sign in from 6pm.
If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, please contact Charlie De-Moore by emailing Charlie.De-Moore@stnh.org.uk.
“We are planning for entertainment along the route and on Angel Hill, and we hope our refreshment stops will be able to be in place too, and of course we’ll need our marshals and volunteers to join us, so if you’d like to lend a hand, please get in touch,”
Charlie De-Moore, Events Fundraiser – St Nicholas’ Hospice