More than 100 walkers sign up for Mendip challenge

10:00 01 May 2012

The Medical Moochers who will take part in this year

The Medical Moochers who will take part in this year's Mercury Mendip Challenge.

Weston Hospicecare

MORE than 100 keen walkers are already dusting off their boots to take to the Mendip Hills for the Weston Hospicecare Mercury Mendip Challenge.

The event, which will be held on June 10, is now in its 22nd year.

Fifty-year-old Karen Preece from Blagdon, has taken part in the challenge for more than 10 years, working her way up from five miles to brave the 30 mile expedition.

Karen takes to the hills with about 20 colleagues, friends and family - known as the Medical Moochers - to support the hospice.

Karen, a healthcare assistant at Wrington Vale Surgery, said: “Weston Hospicecare is a charity very close to my heart having had a dear friend die at the hospice several years ago. My friend was made to feel so comfortable and the staff are so friendly.

“We enjoy taking on the Mercury Mendip Challenge and we’ve had younger people join our group and sign up over the years.”

Weston Hospicecare is hoping to raise £50,000 this year which would be enough to provide the community palliative care nursing service for one month and the children’s bereavement service for five months; reaching out to more than 1,300 people in North Somerset and surrounding villages.

To take part in the challenge, you can register online at or by calling 01934 423960.


Other News Stories

Yesterday, 18:00
Kyle, Josh, Alice, Jamie-Lee and Charley learning about archery.

A SCHOOL has been given a silver award in recognition of its commitment to sport and physical education.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00
Launch of new youth club with roller disco,  Coleridge Road Weston.

A NEW youth club featuring a roller disco, inflatable assault course and graffiti project was launched in Weston-super-Mare on Friday.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:02
Wyvern Lodge Care Home.

AN ‘UNSAFE’ Weston care home has been told it must improve following a visit from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00
road construction worker with perforator

A BUSY road in the centre of Weston-super-Mare will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday) night so North Somerset Council can make repairs.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:25
Both Lifeboats are launched for surfers.

THE coast rescue team (CRT) from Weston-super-Mare and the RNLI were called to rescue two kite-surfers this morning (Monday).

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

BAILIFFS will not be sent to any more homes to collect unpaid council tax in a part of Weston during a trial period.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00
Louisa and Graham Thomas preparing to leave their home of eight years.

A DISABLED couple who have been unable to find somewhere to live in Weston-super-Mare after being served notice on their home of eight years are facing weeks, or even months, in ‘unsuitable’ temporary accommodation.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:26
Crossville and First Bus vehicles in the town centre.

A WESTON bus firm has been accused of ‘putting its interests ahead of customers’ by its main rival in a row threatening to nearly double passengers’ waiting times on one of the town’s ‘lifeline’ routes.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
Jordan Tucker and Jordan Jones.

STUDENTS from Weston-super-Mare have made it to the final stage of an international skills competition.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
Weston Town Hall.

RECORDS of births, deaths and marriages in North Somerset could be shipped off to Somerset County Council – along with future registry services – and there are fears this could result in a price hike.

Read more


All the latest news on Dismaland and Banksy here

Most Read News

Read Online

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

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 15°C

Great British Life

Great British Life

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

Search for a job in Weston

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications