Members of staff from a Worle school will walk the women only event in memory of a colleague who was cared for by Weston Hospicecare before her death.
Andrea Davis works at St Mark’s Primary School in Worle in a pastoral role supporting families and students through difficult circumstances such as bereavement.
To mark her 50th birthday this year, Andrea decided to take part in the Midnight Beach Walk in memory of a colleague who was cared for by the hospice and suggested her colleagues join her.
She said: “My main motivation to take part came from a past beloved colleague and treasured friend from our school who unfortunately became ill and passed away several years ago.
“We used to attend the same zumba class and she always encouraged me to keep on exercising and finding new challenges.
“Every year since she passed away both my daughter, Summer Davis (aged 18), and I have completed a charity challenge. We have taken part in a range of events such as the hospice’s Mendip Challenge, to the 13-mile Bristol Half Marathon for the Children’s Hospice South West and the 26-mile London midnight moonwalk.
“I also decided to support Weston Hospicecare for my 50th birthday as I feel extremely lucky to have led a healthy lifestyle for myself, my family and many local families. Also, my own family have benefitted from the support and services of the hospice.
“Last year Summer joined the Royal Marines Band Service and is now often away from home so I decided to put a note up in the staff room to see if any colleagues would like to join me for the Midnight Beach Walk and I was very pleased to find 22 signatures to join me and represent St Mark’s Primary School.”
The hospice receives a fifth of its annual funding from the NHS so relies heavily on support from the community to continue delivering care to those with life-limiting illnesses.
For ladies wishing to join Andrea and hundreds of other women by taking part in the Midnight Beach Walk, please click here to our online registration page to sign up before 4 September.