Amelia, aged 9, to complete Midnight Beach Walk in memory of her grandmother

PUBLISHED: 09:48 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:42 30 August 2018

Michelle Bustin and Amelia Tuppeny in the garden at Jackson Barstow House.

Michelle Bustin and Amelia Tuppeny in the garden at Jackson Barstow House.

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A nine-year-old girl from Weston is taking part in the Midnight Beach Walk in memory of her grandmother Margaret Mansell.

Amelia Tuppeny will walk the 5km with her mum Michelle Bustin to raise money for Weston Hospicecare where her nan was a patient before she died of lung cancer in April 2009.

Michelle carried Amelia around the course in 2009 and the youngster now wants to walk the route alongside her mum to say thank you to the staff.

More: Fundraisers can sign up to Midnight Beach Walk.

She said: “I wanted to do this walk with my mum in memory of my nan and help raise money for the hospice for the care they gave to my nan and support to my family.

“I am really looking forward to taking part in this event and hopeto raise £200 for the charity.

“I think it’s good that the hospice can let children like me get involved in this event and be able to raise money in memory of their loved ones.”

Margaret took part in the Midnight Beach Walk in 2008 with her sister Betty just a week after being discharged from hospital.

Her daughter Michelle said: “My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She was given the all clear a year later but sadly it returned which then went to secondary lung cancer.

“She was moved to the hospice and while in the hospice the staff were amazing with my mum as well as me and my family.

“The nurses would come in to my mum’s room and would take it in turn who looked after Amelia and they would take her down to the day patient unit so I could be with mum.

“Anything I wanted or needed they were there.

“In 2009 my aunties and I took part in the Midnight Beach Walk in memory of mum. We did this in our pyjamas and Amelia also did this with me at nine months old as I carried her for the walk.

“I wanted to do the walk this year in memory of my mum and be able to give back something to the hospice. I talked about it with Amelia and she told me she’d like to do this with me and raise her own money to thank the hospice for the care they gave her nan.”

The Midnight Beach Walk will follow a 5km route around Weston seafront, starting and finishing at the Tropicana on Marine Parade on September 7.

To sign up, visit www.register.primoevents.com/ps/event/midnightbeachwalk2018

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