Walkers raise thousands in Sophie’s memory

27 Oct 2017

The Night Owls team from St Edmundsbury Borough Council who raised more than £10,000 in memory of Sophie Claydon by taking part in St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Girls Night Out.

A team of women who pulled on their comfiest trainers and best pyjamas paced the streets of Bury St Edmunds and raised more than £10,000 in memory of a friend and colleague.

Dubbed The Night Owls, the team, who all work at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, have raised £10,237.56 for St Nicholas Hospice Care by taking part in the charity’s annual Girls Night Out moonlight walk.

The 34-strong team were spurred on in their efforts as they were walking in memory of Sophie Claydon, a much loved and valued friend and colleague.

Sophie, who was a HR Assistant at the borough council, passed away aged 25 at the hospice in August after being diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) in December of last year.

Cheryl Froud, who walked as part of The Night Owls team, said: “The weather was kind and everyone had a good time, despite aching limbs that night and the next day.

“The total for The Night Owls so far is £10,237.56 which is a fantastic amount of money. Sophie would be so proud of everyone who took part.

“A big thank you from The Night Owls to everyone who donated to such a worthy cause and to Peter Gudde for his contribution following his Virtual Tour of Britain charity ride.

“This money will continue to help support the outstanding work that St Nicholas Hospice Care undertakes.”

The Night Owls were part of the 2,188 crowd of women who wore their bunny ears with pride on Saturday, 9 September and took part in the hospice’s biggest fundraising event.

Jenny Smith, the hospice’s events manager, said: “We are so grateful to The Night Owls for their amazing fundraising efforts. To have raised more than £10,000 really is incredible and every penny they have raised will make a huge difference to our charity.

“Girls Night Out really is a special event. Not only does it help fund vital hospice care and services across the community it also brings people together, giving them the chance to reflect and remember their loved ones.

“Thank you Night Owls for all of your support.”

Although walkers are still returning their sponsorship money it is hoped the moonlight walk, which is now in its ninth year, will have raised an estimated £250,000, for the hospice which cares for those across west Suffolk and Thetford with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.

The Night Owls are still hoping to add to their total and if you would like to support them you can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/thenightowns

  • St Nicholas Hospice Care is a local charity which looks after people experiencing long-term or life-threatening conditions, death, dying and bereavement.
  • The charity aims to provide the very best experiences for those in the final chapters of their lives, with the actions and behaviours of its staff and volunteers promoting the charity’s values of compassion, listen, team spirit, learn and resilience.
  • As a registered charity, St Nicholas Hospice Care has to raise £11,000 every day through the generosity of the local community. We need every penny.
  • St Nicholas Hospice Care provides care and support throughout West Suffolk and Thetford. This may be at our Hospice site in Bury St Edmunds, or wherever the patient is through support from our Community Hospice Team.
  • The charity also provides bereavement support for children and young people through its Nicky’s Way programme which can be accessed by any child in West Suffolk or Thetford, whether the person they have lost was connected to the Hospice’s care or not.
  • More information on the Hospice is available from www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk

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