Friday, September 14, 2012
WESTON’S beach was awash with pink on Saturday, as more than 400 ladies tackled Weston Hospicecare’s biggest annual fundraiser.
Not The Midnight Beach Walk – switched from its usual late-night start time because of unhelpful tide times – saw hundreds of walkers take to the sands in Cinderella outfits and tiaras to help raise money for the town hospice.
Lining the route were glowing candle bags with personal messages for loved ones being remembered by participants, who tackled either 5km of 10km routes.
Laura Henry from Earlham Grove was among those who completed the 5km distance.
She said: “I walk with my sister-in-law. It’s our fourth year taking part and we walk in memory of my husband’s uncle.
“It is a great way for the whole family to come together and remember.”
This year’s event recorded a notable decline in participant numbers, but there was no decrease in the commitment of those taking part.
The first walkers made it across the finish line inside an hour.
Emma and Aaliyah Simmonds from Uphill Road South in Uphill said: “The hospice is a massive part of the village and Not The Midnight Beach Walk has a lovely community spirit that we like to feel part of.
“We all went home with a massive smile on our faces.”
And volunteer back walkers Liz Blyth and Sonja Hammond, both from Weston, said the ladies had a lovely night.
They said: “It was so emotive walking behind hundreds of ladies, but having time to read the messages on all the candle bags as we set off, it really hit home what the event is all about.
“We felt so privileged to be part of such a special night.”
Money raised has yet to be totalled, but the charity’s fundraising manager Olly Joseph said: “Once again, the event was fantastic and the atmosphere was truly electric.
“We are always overwhelmed by the support we receive and we’re hoping the ladies who took part can go the extra mile for us this year, and collect as much sponsorship money as they can so we can reach our £60,000 target which helps us support over 1,300 local patients and their families every year.
“Thank you to all the daughters, sisters, mums, grandmothers, aunties, cousins and friends who made this event so fantastic.
“And of course thank you to all the companies and local businesses who have supported the event, in particular the Not The Midnight Beach Walk main event sponsor Howards.”
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