Slimmers have 12,000 great reasons to smile

Mildenhall Marvels ANL-141021-151042001
Mildenhall Marvels ANL-141021-151042001

Members of a slimming group in Mildenhall have helped raise more than £12,000 for a hospice following an annual moonlight walk.

An 86-strong team from the various groups that form the town’s branch of Slimming World collected the cash while taking part in Girls Night Out in Bury St Edmunds last month.

Collectively the women, who named themselves the Mildenhall Marvels, raised a total of £12,267,28 for St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds.

“It was lovely to support a cause so local, but for us there was also a real sense of achievement in taking part,” said Donna Cooper, consultant at the Mildenhall branch of Slimming World.

“We’ll be walking again next year and we have set our benchmark high. To have raised more than £12,000 shows just how much we all worked to make a success of the fundraising.”

The Mildenhall Marvels were among 1,500 women taking part in the sixth annual running of the walk, which sees walkers complete either a six-mile or 11.2 mile route around the market town wearing their pyjamas and flashing bunny ears.

“I would do it again as I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Dianne Howell, morning group member.

“I did the Moonwalk last year in London, but I preferred Girls Night Out. I walked with a great bunch of people and the atmosphere was amazing.”

Appreciating the support, and cash raised by the group was St Nicholas Hospice Care’s acting head of marketing and communications, Aaron Bridgeforth.

“It was a real pleasure to have the Mildenhall Marvels with us for Girls Night Out and we are so grateful for the thousands they have raised. This money will make a real difference to the hospice.”