One of the region’s top tourist attractions has given its support to a knockout event which is returning by popular demand to raise money for Weston Hospicecare.

Weston’s Grand Pier has been named as the new sponsor of the It’s A Hospice Knockout event which will take place at Weston Cricket Club on Sunday 14 July.

Once again, teams of between six and 10 people will be recreating all the madness and mayhem from the much-loved TV show which ran between 1966 and 1988.

They will battle for glory over a range of giant obstacles and a large foam pit.

The event will be held to raise money for the hospice’s work delivering palliative care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in Weston and surrounding areas.

Last year the Grand Pier supported the event by entering a team, which went on to win.

This year, the seafront attraction has gone a stage further; as well as entering once again, it is also sponsoring the event.

Teams will compete in six games, trying to earn as many points as possible to make it to the final round.

There will be bonus points for the team wearing the best fancy dress, too.

This is the second year that the event has taken place, but Weston Hospicecare are hoping it will become a firm feature of their annual fundraising calendar.

Spectators will be welcome on the day, and as well as being able to watch the chaotic competition, they will be able to buy food and refreshments, enjoy some face-painting and even place a bet on which team they think will take the Knockout title.

Teams of between six and 10 people (the minimum age for competitors is 17) must pay a registration fee of £100 and are also encouraged to make every effort to raise at least £500 for Weston Hospicecare.

A total of 24 teams can be accommodated and so far, around half the spaces have been taken.

Any teams interested in signing up can do so here.

The 2018 It’s A Hospice Knockout teams, and (top) the victorious Grand Pier group.

Michelle Michael, director of the Grand Pier, said: “Our team which won the competition last year said they had so much fun being part of it that we had to support the event again this year.

“Whether you are taking part, or just watching, it promises hours of entertainment, a lot of laughter and at the same time ensures vital funds are raised for a charity which has provided priceless support to so many local families for 30 years.

“We’re proud to be sponsoring the It’s A Hospice Knockout in 2019.”

Weston Hospicecare’s event manager Grace Dibden said: “The Grand Pier has long been one of the hospice’s most generous supporters; it has hosted and supported a number of our events, as well as sponsoring our Moonlight Beach Walk in September.

“We’re thrilled that support will now be extended to encompass sponsorship of It’s A Hospice Knockout too.

“This is the second year we have run this event, and we are delighted to see so many of last year’s teams returning – including the victorious Grand Pier team – alongside some new faces.

“It promises to be a fun and exciting day for everyone involved, and thanks to the generosity of the Grand Pier, all of the money raised by our teams will go direct to the hospice to help support our work caring for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.”

Further information about the Grand Pier and its other events can be found here, while details of other Weston Hospicecare events can be accessed here.

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