Ben raises hundreds for hospice and aims for even more

PUBLISHED: 11:15 25 June 2014

Ben Woodhouse with Charlie.

Ben Woodhouse with Charlie.

Tracy Woodhouse

A YOUNG lad from Weston has walked more than 26 miles, accompanied by his loyal dog Charlie, for charity and raised hundreds in the process.

Ben Woodhouse, a Priory Community School pupil, walked the 26.5 miles from Weston Hospicecare to Charlton Farm in Wraxall in support of the Children’s Hospice South West.

Last year, the 12-year-old, who suffers with dyslexia, dyspraxia and asthma, walked 18 miles from Yatton to Axbridge to raise money for Cardiac Risk In The Young.

He raised £475 and his aim was to beat that amount with the even bigger walk this year, where he was also accompanied by mum Tracy.

She said: “The walk took Ben nine hours while Charlie and I followed behind in case Ben had any issues.

“Ben started the walk at 7.30 in the morning and arrived at the hospice at 4.30pm. He was welcomed by the hospice staff and a banner made by the children and balloons. There was also lots of cake and drinks.”

Ben has so far raised £852 and the charity page is still running, as he and his mum hope to get a few more sponsors for his efforts to reach £1,000.

If you want to help Ben visit and make a donation or tweet 
@scamperingpup to raise awareness of Ben’s support for the charity.

More from Weston Mercury

Two hooded Weston-super-Mare robbers who held their victims at knife-point and threatened to ‘slice them up’ have been jailed.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

The English National Ballet will bring its Swan Lake performance to the West Country – and the Mercury is giving readers a chance to win tickets to see the show.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

An East Brent play park will receive a five-figure upgrade to improve facilities for children in the village.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:05

The collected 30 something’s were partying like it was 2002 at Bristol’s SWX on Friday as post punk rockers A returned to Bristol to play the whole of their seminal album Hi-Fi Serious.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:05

More than £200,000 has been spent by North Somerset Council on redundancy payments in 18 months.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

The plan to join up a walking and cycling route from Brean to Clevedon has moved a step closer.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

Venture into the wizarding world with the latest remake of one of J K Rowling’s books.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:56

A woman who has vowed to complete 40 outdoor swims in her 40th year is just three challenges away from hitting her target.

Read more
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Homemade crafts and items were sold in aid of one of Weston’s best-loved sites.

Read more
Saturday, November 17, 2018

A determined Weston woman has completed a gruelling seven-month swimming challenge to raise money for Weston Hospicecare in memory of her partner’s mum.

Read more
Weston Hospicecare Weston-super-Mare

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 3°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists