School team joins hospice beach walk

PUBLISHED: 20:00 21 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:07 04 May 2017

Ladies who took part in the Midnight beach walk.

Ladies who took part in the Midnight beach walk.

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FRIENDS and staff of Weston Hospicecare gathered in their hundreds to show colourful support and raise money for the charity.

Sponsorship from the annual Not The Midnight Beachwalk helps to raise enough money to keep 10 people pain free for 10 days in the hospice’s in-patient unit.

The walk took place on Saturday night, with 350 ladies from all over the world coming to demonstrate their support and give back to the hospice.

One group attended from St Anne’s Primary School in Hewish, in memory of Karen Philpott, who died earlier this year after losing a fight with cancer.

She was the much loved wife of St Anne’s caretaker Colin, who received help and support from the hospice. The headteacher, teachers, governors and support staff all walked.

Lin Hodges, a member of the school’s support staff, said: “Karen was a very kind, loveable and caring lady who would do anything to help any of us, and this is one way we can return that love.

“She was a very loving mother and devoted wife who took great pride in her family, she cherished her 21-year-old son, Craig. Colin and Karen were a couple who cared very much for each other, a great team.

“Karen was someone who always had a smile on her face and always put others before her own needs. She took on her battle with cancer with great dignity and strength, always staying positive and focused to try to beat this horrible disease.”

The hospice’s fundraising manager said: “The event was fantastic. Once again, the atmosphere was electric, the weather really held out for us and I think that made all the difference.

“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who walked and all our volunteers, you are the ones that make this event truly magical. The support we receive is always overwhelming.”

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