Foam, inflatables and an afternoon of keenly-contested sporting action helped raise thousands of pounds for Weston Hospicecare on Sunday.
The charity’s second It’s A Hospice Knockout event – sponsored this year by The Grand Pier – saw a dozen teams come together to compete for glory in a series of fun challenges.
Teams battled it out in a series of physical and mental challenges while being cheered on by an enthusiastic audience of friends at family at Weston Cricket Club.
Defending champions The Grand Pier again made it through to the final, but were pushed back to third this time around, with a group named Weston Zoo emerging victorious ahead of team named Alison’s Angels.
Each was forced to work hard to make the final by totalling up points through six earlier games against teams from the likes of Weston Coastguard, Royal Mail, Balfour Beatty, Vets 4 Pets and Four Fifty Partnership.
Michelle Collins, Community Relations Manager at Balfour Beatty, said her team is already looking forward to getting involved in future events.
She said: “It was an uplifting, fun and action-packed day. I loved seeing so many local companies all coming together in fancy dress to help raise money for a great cause.
“The event not only tested our fitness levels, but got us working together as a team. It certainly tested our communication skills in a really engaging way. Thank you for organising.”
Money raised through Knockout is still being totalled, but with each team paying £100 to register and aiming to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship, the event is expected to prove a big success for the hospice.
Event manager Grace Dibden said: “We look forward to staging It’s A Hospice Knockout, and we were thrilled that it once again proved to be a hugely fun day for everyone who took part or came along to watch.
“All our teams threw themselves into the events with real gusto, and although it proved to be a competitive day, everyone played the games in a terrific spirit – we loved seeing so many smiling faces even as players raced to beat each other to the finish line.
“Huge thanks to everyone who took part, everyone who sponsored or supported them, and special thanks too to our sponsors The Grand Pier, our hosts Weston Cricket Club, and all the volunteers who helped on the day.
“They all helped contribute to a really special day – and in turn, contribute too to the vital work of Weston Hospicecare.”
The next events in the Weston Hospicecare calendar will be skydiving days on 30 August and 21 September, and the ladies-only Moonlight Beach Walk on 14 September.
You can find out more about them – and other future events – by logging on to westonhospicecare.org.uk.