Fundraisers can sign up for Weston Hospicecare's Mendip Challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 February 2018

Walkers on the final stretch past the quarry and into Uphill village.

Walkers on the final stretch past the quarry and into Uphill village.

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Keen walkers can now sign up to Weston Hospicecare’s popular Mendip Challenge.

The sponsored event is one of the charity’s most popular fundraisers and registration is now open.

The event is perfect for people who fancy a challenge or those who enjoy exploring the countryside.

People can sign up for a 10, 20 or 30-mile route across the Mendips to raise funds for people with life-limiting illnesses.

Last year more than 800 people took part, raising more than £56,000.

Weston Hospicecare’s chief executive Paul Winspear took part in the Mendip Challenge last year with his daughter.

He said: “It was on the top of the Mendip ridgeline approaching Crook Peak, with the rain coming horizontally and the wind tearing at us, that I looked down at my six-year-old daughter and thought ‘hmm, I’ve made a mistake here’.

“But the wind eased, the rain eventually petered out, the sun shone through and we continued on our muddy way, spurred on by the other participants’ cheerfulness and fun, and the feeling of taking part in something far bigger than yourself.

“It was a wonderful day, superbly organised, and raising vital funds for a fantastic cause.”

The Mendip Challenge is open to anyone, although children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants assemble in Uphill before being taken by coach to their starting point.

Walkers can then complete the route at their own pace, while enjoying spectacular views across the Mendips.

Many people choose to walk with friends while others take their dogs along for the challenge.

The hospice’s event fundraiser Kelsey Dehaney said: “It’s easy to see why our Mendip Challenge is such a popular event – it’s a really fun day, and whatever distance the participants choose to tackle, there’s a real sense of achievement at the end.

“We’re very grateful to all those who have already signed up to take part this year, and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more people who want to take on a charity challenge.”

The challenge ends in Uphill where participants can relax with a drink. Entry is £15 for adults and £10 for children. To sign up, visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk/mendip

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