Beach Walk needs YOUR support

PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 September 2012

Weston Hospicecare.

Weston Hospicecare.

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WESTON Hospicecare has seen a 74 per cent drop in registrations for its biggest annual event - (Not The) Midnight Beach Walk.

With just two weeks to go the charity would normally have around 500 ladies already registered, but this year, the figure is closer to 150.

The drop in registrations is bad news for the charity which relies heavily on this event to fund its vital services.

Gill Auden, Weston Hospicecare’s CEO, said: “This event usually raises £60,000 for us and it’s a real worry that we might not reach that figure this year – that could pay for our entire day hospice service for three months and we know our patients can’t do without that service.”

Not The Midnight Beach Walk has an earlier start time of 6.30pm instead of its usual midnight launch, because of unfavourable tide times, and also boasts a 10k route as well as the traditional 5k walk.

Bright pink candle flares will light the way as groups of women head into the ssunset, snaking their way along the beach from Uphill, along to Weston and back.

Many also treat the event as an opportunity to pull on their tutus and leg warmers for the walk along the sands.

Elsia Parker, aged 17, of Monkton Avenue, Weston, will be completing the walk for the second time.

She took part last year after Weston Hospicecare cared for her Dad’s partner.

She said: “I took part with a couple of friends and it felt good to be raising money for Weston Hospicecare, which means such a lot to me and my family.

“We dressed head to toe in pink, right up to the flashing bunny ears on our heads, and had a good laugh all the way round. I raised £100 in 2011 and I’m hoping to equal that, if not top it, this year.”

To register for the walk, visit www.westonhospicecaregroup.org.uk or call 01934 423900.

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