Daughter flies from Canada to help the hospice

PUBLISHED: 17:30 03 September 2013

Vanessa Watchorn and her father Donald Lee

Vanessa Watchorn and her father Donald Lee

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THE daughter of a lifelong Weston resident is flying over from Canada to raise money for charity.

Vanessa Watchorn is taking the 3,500-mile trip to take part in Weston Hospicecare’s annual Not the Midnight Beach Walk, to help fundraise in her father’s memory.

Her father, Donald Lee, worked at Uphill Manor all his life. He died two years ago, and Vanessa wants to raise money for the charity that supported him in his final days.

She said: “My dad was very well known in the village for his kindness, his fun sense of humour and most of all for his strong and positive personality.

“When I learned that dad was not doing so well with his illness, my fiancé and I came to England to get married so that my dad could give me away. We were married on June 11, 2011.

“Dad passed away exactly three months later.”

Before her father’s funeral, Vanessa flew over to meet the staff who had cared for her father. She was so touched by their support she decided to take part in the charity’s annual fundraiser to thank them.

She said: “I now know just how important it is to participate in events like the beach walk in order to raise money for a fantastic cause. Your participation and sponsorship helps the hospice to continue providing the highest level of care to local people.”

Vanessa and her team The Canada Ducks will be at Uphill beach on September 14 and are urging family and friends to join them.

If you want to take part, call 01934 423967 or visit www.midnightbeachwalk.org.uk

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