Family completes memory marathon for Weston Hospicecare

Marcus, Steve and Garry Eastman celebrating the end of their memory marathon at the Grand Pier.

Marcus, Steve and Garry Eastman celebrating the end of their memory marathon at the Grand Pier. - Credit: Archant

Three generations of a Weston family completed a marathon around the town to raise money for Weston Hospicecare.

Marcus Eastman. who is in his 80s, his son Steve, aged 56, and grandson Garry, aged 30, took on the challenge in memory of Marcus’ wife Jeanette who died of cancer nearly three years ago. The trio began their journey at the hospice yesterday (Wednesday) and visited a number of venues around the town which hold special memories for them.

The men invited supporters to join them on the last five miles from Nashley House in Montpelier, back to the hospice, with a stop at the Grand Pier along the way.

A number of supporters joined the family for the final stretch. Michelle Michael, co-owner of the Grand Pier said: “It is such a wonderful achievement for the Eastman family to complete this challenge, especially considering it was the hottest Wednesday in 40 years.

“Weston Hospicecare is a fantastic local cause and we’re so pleased that the team made a stop off at the Grand Pier during this momentous occasion.”

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Marcus has put on a number of events to raise money for the hospice, which cared for Jeanette.

He was also given a Community Champion award for his fundraising efforts for the charity.

Alison Sopp, director of fundraising and communications at Weston Hospicecare said: “We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support the Grand Pier has shown the hospice over the years.

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“It’s entirely appropriate that Marcus, who is such a pillar of our fundraising community, should be calling into the Grand Pier, which is such an important local landmark, on his latest fundraising adventure.”

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