Record numbers take on Mendip Challenge for Weston Hospicecare

PUBLISHED: 14:53 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:06 09 June 2017

Walkers grabing some rest and resfreshment at the end of the Challenge at Westhaven School.

Walkers grabing some rest and resfreshment at the end of the Challenge at Westhaven School.


Hundreds of fundraisers laced up their walking boots and trekked miles across country to raise money for Weston Hospicecare.

A record number of people entered the Mendip Challenge this year, with more than 840 signing up to walk 10, 20 or 30 miles across West Mendip Way.

Participants have raised more than £25,800 so far, but organisers are hoping the funds will reach the £40,000 mark once gift aid and other outstanding contributions have been added to the total.

Kelsey Dehaney, event fundraiser for Weston Hospicecare, said: “I am over the moon with how well the event went this year, in spite of the weather getting us all a bit wet.

“It was incredibly inspiring to see so many taking part – each for their own reasons, whether that was in memory of a loved one, to take on a personal fitness challenge or just to have a bit of fun with the other friendly participants along the course.

“We’d like to say a massive well done to all of the participants, and thanks to all of the volunteers, donors and sponsors – including main event sponsor Howards Motor Group – for making it a great day.

“We hope everyone involved will feel proud that the money raised from registration, sponsorship and personal donations will make a big difference to local people affected by life-limiting illnesses.”

Gwen Harding, one of the hospice’s community nurse specialists, said the walk was incredibly moving and one of the ‘best things she’d ever done’.

She said: “It took 10 hours, seven blisters, hills and more hills. The atmosphere and camaraderie were amazing.

“I cried a few times on the journey at the amount of people raising money for Weston Hospicecare and the stories that lay behind their determination.

“It was a massive challenge, and I’m so glad I did it. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

Participants were greeted by cheers and presented with medals at an after party at Westhaven School in Uphill.

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