Women encouraged to ‘light up the dark’ in Midnight Beach Walk

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 September 2017

Lucy Williams with Maria Beaton and Gemma Turner at Weston Hospicecare.

Lucy Williams with Maria Beaton and Gemma Turner at Weston Hospicecare.

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The countdown is on for Weston Hospicecare’s midnight fundraiser, which will see hundreds of women take to the beach in flourescent gear.

The charity’s Midnight Beach Walk is taking place on September 30 and is being sponsored by the Grand Pier.

Fundraisers can walk the 5km across in memory of a loved one or just enjoy the trek with friends.

Lucy Williams, medical secretary at Weston Hospicecare, is taking part in the event in memory of her mum Jane Heal who was cared for by the hospice before she died in 2007.

Lucy took part in her first Midnight Beach Walk nearly a decade ago and now wants to raise even more money to help people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

She told the Mercury: “The first time I took part in the Midnight Beach Walk was back in 2008, and I’m looking forward to taking part again this year.

“The walk gives me an opportunity to spend a special night among other hospice supporters, remembering my lovely mum, who was taken care of by the hospice community team and inpatient unit at the end of her life in the summer of 2007.

“The care she received transformed the end of her days into a happy, contemplative time for Jane and her friends and family.

“I am so grateful Weston Hospicecare were there for us back in 2007.”

The event is for women only and will begin with some fun warm-up exercises run by Eden Fitness, as well as some live music from Somerset band The Six Machines.

Fundraisers will be able to purchase a variety of glowing merchandise from the stands and personalise a candle bag to light up the start of the walk, before participants head off on the candlelit route.

Kelsey Dehaney, event fundraiser for Weston Hospicecare, said: “We’re delighted to have the Grand Pier as sponsors of our Midnight Beach Walk again this year.

“The whole evening is a really special event in the calendar for Weston Hospicecare, and we welcome all women to join us as we light up the dark for hundreds of local people.”

To sign up to the fundraiser or to find out more, visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk/midnight or call 01934 423960.

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