Hospicecare gears up for challenge event

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 April 2015

Worle Army Cadets were among those who took part in 2014's Mendip Challenge.

Worle Army Cadets were among those who took part in 2014's Mendip Challenge.

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Walkers, runners and those with a keen sense of adventure are invited to take part in Weston Hospicecare's latest fundraising challenge, which opens for entry today (Thursday).

The Mendip Challenge, which will take place on May 31, is back and promises to be as popular as ever.

The event, which starts and ends in Uphill, offers breathtaking views of the Somerset hills. It is open to all ages and participants may walk, jog or run the five, 10, 20 and 30-mile routes.

Last year’s challenge raised more than £40,000, which is enough to cover the cost of running the charity’s vital day hospice for 10 weeks.

A Hospicecare spokesman said: “Fundraisers take part in the Mendip Challenge for many different reasons. However, most cite it as the number one opportunity to complete a personal challenge for themselves or in memory of a loved one.”

One patient who is extremely grateful to brave participants is June Burgess, aged 82. She said: “Without the Mendip Challenge the funds wouldn’t be available to run the day hospice, and coming here is just amazing. It’s so relaxing, and everybody is very friendly.”

To take part in the Mendip Challenge, visit www.mendipchallenge.org.uk or call 01934 423960.

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