Midnight walk round Ipswich raises hospice cash

Women on walk
Image caption The hospice relies on charity events

Almost 2,000 women have taken part in a midnight charity walk round Ipswich to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Around £200,000 was raised by the women who walked eight miles through the town centre.

It started at Ipswich Town Football Club in Portman Road with a warm up on the practice pitch.

The money raised will provide free specialist services for people living with a progressive illness. Many women took part in memory of a loved one.

The Hospice costs £6.6m a year to run and relies almost totally on charity.

Hospice chief executive Jane Petit said: "It was a tremendous night.

"The money raised will make a real difference to our patients, their families and carers and I thank everyone who took part."

Julie Slinn, from Ipswich, walked in memory of her father and father-in-law.

She said: "It was great to see so many people taking part and it was a fantastic night."

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