Strictly dancer set to take on Midnight Beach Walk

PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 August 2018

Lois and her daughter Charlotte.

Lois and her daughter Charlotte.


A woman who competed in Weston Hospicecare’s Strictly Fun Dancing event is preparing to raise money for the charity at the Midnight Beach Walk.

Lois Penketh-King is walking in memory of her mother who died at the hospice last year after suffering with bowel cancer.

Lois’ daughter Charlotte is also taking part in the 5km walk with her to support the charity.

Lois competed in the hospice’s first Strictly Fun Dancing event with her husband Lee last year.

More: Strictly Fun Dancing event raises £18k for Weston Hospicecare.

She said the competition has inspired her to sign up for the Midnight Beach Walk to raise money for the ‘fabulous charity’.

She said: “My husband and I took part in Strictly Fun Dancing this year and found the whole experience so emotional joining a group of strangers who are now our friends.

“The challenge of taking part and managing to actually stay on our feet has resulted in us both looking at our fitness levels and so my next challenge is to do the beach walk.

“The reason I am taking part in the Midnight Beach Walk is again to raise funds and awareness of this fabulous charity we have here in our local town.

“Everyone had their own stories and motivation to support the hospice and it was a privilege to be part of this.

“My daughter, Charlotte, will be doing this with me and will be doing it in memory of my mum who died of bowel cancer last year.”

The Midnight Beach Walk is taking place on September 7 and walkers will set off from the Tropicana in Marine Parade.

More: Fundraisers can sign up to the Midnight Beach Walk for Weston Hospicecare.

Last year more than 342 people walked the route to support the Uphill-based hospice, raising more than £26,000 for the cause.

The walk is for women and girls only and the Grand Pier is sponsoring the event for the third year in a row.

Founded by the community in 1989, Weston Hospicecare provides social, emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical care and support to people affected by life-limiting illnesses and to their loved ones.

People must sign up before 11.30pm on September 4 to secure a place.

To enter the Midnight Beach Walk, visit or to find out more about the event, visit

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