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Could you master the Mendip Hills to help people in Weston-super-Mare?

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 March 2017

Kelsey Dehaney, Rachel Smith, Rachel Mansfield and Erin Boeck Motum.

Kelsey Dehaney, Rachel Smith, Rachel Mansfield and Erin Boeck Motum.


Fundraising for Weston Hospicecare’s flagship fundraiser is now underway – with staff hoping tens of thousands of pounds will be raised to support terminally-ill people.

The Mendip Challenge will see participants tackle a 10, 20 or 30-mile route along the West Mendip Way, throughout Somerset’s beautiful countryside.

The event, which is in its 28th year, will take place on June 4 and the hospice is hoping to smash last year’s total of £54,000 – which all went directly to caring for people with terminal illnesses.

Event co-ordinator Kelsey Dehaney said: “We were really fortunate to have so many people join us in beautiful sunshine for last year’s Mendip Challenge, and we hope to have even more participants signing up this year.

“By taking part and raising sponsorship, or by making a personal donation, supporters can help us bring life to days for local people who need our care.”

People taking part in the walk will first sign in with the hospice’s event team in Uphill, before boarding a free shuttle bus to each route’s respective starting point.

The course will then finish in Uphill with a post-event party to celebrate tackling the West Mendip Way in aid of the hospice.

This year’s event will be sponsored by Howards Motor Group, and the firm’s chairman Peter Coleman said his company was delighted to be involved in such a good cause.

Mr Coleman said: “Howards is always pleased to support the hospice and its excellent work.

“We wish all entrants a safe and enjoyable event, hopefully leading to much-needed sponsorship.”

The Mercury is also supporting the hospice as the Mendip Challenge’s media partner, and will be sharing the stories of some of the walkers in the coming weeks.

Mercury editor Simon Angear said: “We are happy to support Weston Hospicecare throughout the year, and recognise that the Mendip Challenge holds a particularly special place in supporters’ affections.

“We hope plenty of people will sign up to take part, and would love to see last year’s total beaten this time around.”

The 30-mile route is described as challenging, with steep hills and rough terrain, while the 20-mile course is said to be strenuous and the 10-mile route is described as moderate in difficulty. Anyone thinking of completing either the 20 or 30-mile courses is advised to train in advance of the event.

Registration for this year’s Mendip Challenge is priced £10-12 for adults and £6-8 for children aged 16 and under, depending on the distance chosen.

For more information or to register, contact 01934 423960 or visit

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