Gallery: Hospice supporters take on Mercury Mendip Challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:14 10 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:14 10 June 2016

Mercury Mendip Challenge.

Mercury Mendip Challenge.

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Hundreds of charitable families and friends turned out in glorious sunshine on Sunday to take part in Weston Hospicecare’s annual Mercury Mendip Challenge.

Mercury Mendip Challenge.Mercury Mendip Challenge.

The course saw walkers tackle 30, 20 or 10-mile hikes across Somerset’s Mendip Hills to raise money for the hospice, while others also enjoyed a five-mile fancy dress route along Weston’s seafront.

The event, which was sponsored by the Mercury, culminated in a finishers’ party at Westhaven School, opposite the hospice’s headquarters in Uphill.

Sally Davis is the hospice’s community and events manager. She said: “We were so pleased with the turnout for this year.

“We had more than 700 people register for the event, and thanks to the generous donations raised by the various teams and participants, we’re hoping to raise about £40,000.

“With sponsorship money still coming in, though, the official figures won’t be ready for about a month.”

The hospice’s events co-ordinator, Kelsey Dehaney, thanked the volunteers who helped make the day a success.

She told the Mercury: “We really rely on the support of our volunteers to make the Mendip Challenge happen.

“Volunteers were involved in every aspect of the day – they helped with registration (and de-registration), manned the checkpoints along the route, provided emergency support and photographed the day. We really cannot thank them enough.

“After months of preparation, we have been so pleased to hear so many people say how much they enjoyed the event.

“The weather, though a bit warm, was beautiful, and we tried to make sure the event was a great experience for all involved.”

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