Take the leap in a charity challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 January 2015

Steph Hancorn

Steph Hancorn

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LAST year, more than 100 supporters took on a challenge for Weston Hospicecare and raised £73,000 for the charity.

Mike HuttonMike Hutton

Some plucked up the courage to jump 15,000ft from an aeroplane while others ran a marathon through the Grand Canyon.

The hospice is looking for people to take on a new adventure in 2015 to help raise vital cash.

In 2014, 14 riders cycled nearly 300 miles from London to Paris and helped raise over £20,000. One of those riders, Dianne Campbell of Cheddar, said: “I can’t put into words how absolutely amazing the entire trip was.

“It was an emotional moment when we reached the Eiffel Tower and it was a tough ride but I would absolutely recommend anyone to do it if they put the training in.”

Dianne Campbell and teamDianne Campbell and team

Mike Hutton of Nailsea tackled an ultra-marathon overseas at the Grand Canyon in North America. Mike said: “Over the six stages of the race I covered 165 miles, climbed 5,622 metres and ran down 4,637 metres.

“On the 50-mile stage I could’ve quite happily given up but knowing that people were generous enough to sponsor me for such a tremendous cause was enough encouragement for me to stop complaining and complete the race.”

Stephanie Hancorn gained a Guinness World Record after taking part in the most tandem sky-dives in 24 hours. Steph did her sky-dive in memory of her husband, Douglas.

She said: “The sky-dive was absolutely fantastic.

“It was the most surreal but best experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again.”

Hospice fundraiser Claire Dibben said: “Everyone that takes on a challenge for Weston Hospicecare has such passion for the cause and is so committed to their fundraising. I really admire everyone that chooses to support the hospice in such a daring way. It really is a wonderful way to show support to a local charity and make memories you will treasure for a lifetime.”

The £73,000 raised could run the in-patient unit for three weeks.

To find out how you can take part, contact 01934 423967 or email claire.dibben@westonhospicecare.org.uk

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