Cross-dressing for the seafront walk

A GROUP of 20 liberally-minded friends are going to hep raise money for a charity close to their hearts by 'cross dressing'. The

A GROUP of 20 liberally-minded friends are going to hep raise money for a charity close to their hearts by 'cross dressing'.The team has signed up for five-mile fancy dress walk along Weston seafront for the Mercury Mendip Challenge on June 3.The friends will be dressed as footballers and WAGs (their wives and girlfriends) for the event, with the men dressing as WAGs and the women as footballers.Team member Kate Amos, who lives in Locking Castle, said: "This will be the third year a large group of us has taken part in the challenge."We raised more than £800 last year and we're hoping to beat that this time round."During the walk the WAGs will be playing a mini football match."It's going to be great fun and I hope we'll entertain the crowds and collect lots of money for the hospice."Kate, aged 23, a finance administrator at Lloyds TSB in Bristol, will be joined by her fiance Brendan Sheridan, aged 25, her brother Andrew Rowse, aged 27, and her 20-year-old sister Rachael Amos.She said: "My mum was cared for at the hospice before she died and we wanted to raise money for the charity to help support the work it does."My friends and I have already raised more than £4,000 through various events including a sponsored slim-a-thon and numerous pub crawls." More than 550 people have signed up for the event, which is being supported by the Weston & Somerset Mercury, but more are still needed to take up the challenge.As well as the fancy dress seafront walk, there is a 30-mile route starting from Wells, a 20-mile walk from Cheddar, a 15-mile route from Shipman and a 10-mile route, beginning at Kingswood near Winscombe.The charity is providing a free bus service from its base in Uphill to the starting points.After the walk, which ends at Jackson-Barstow House, there will be a barbecue with live music.For full details of the walk visit or call 01934 423900. Entry forms are also available from the hospice's shops in Weston, Worle, Winscombe and Cheddar, the Mercury reception in Waterloo Street and the charity's headquarters in Uphill.* People are also needed to volunteer as 'back walkers' during the challenge. One 'back walker' is needed for each route to walk at the back and make sure nobody gets left behind.* Pictured above: Team members James Milsom, Georgina Sheridan, Steve Ball, Tony Drake, Kate Amos, Brendan Sheridan and Andrew Rowse.

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