Clevedon charity run is a huge success

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By sophia1980 | Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 16:08

Organisers of an annual charity run in Clevedon say it has had its best year yet with a record turnout and thousands of pounds raised.

The Clevedon Half Marathon and 10k this year raised over £4500, smashing the target of £3000, for local charity St Peter's Hospice.

Eighty-five runners and cyclists took part this year, in the event which began at the Crab Apple pub in Millcross and followed a route across the moors through Kingston Seymour and back to Clevedon.

The event is organised by a group of Clevedon friends who decided to fundraise following the loss of a beloved friend and brother.

Damien Feely passed away at St Peter's Hospice in 2007 aged 32, after battling cancer. His brother Barney is one of the organisers of the run and hopes this year's success will mean even bigger and better things for next year.

Barney Feely, 36, said: "It is fantastic how well the run went this year. We raised far more than we hoped for and the turnout was amazing.

"We had our largest participation to date and the positive feedback we've received has given us a real push to get over the 100 mark next year.

"We also added more fundraising fun at the end of the event, which took place at the Crab Apple pub. We had a Santa's Grotto, face painting and a raffle with over 50 prizes in total.

"The support from the community has been overwhelming so we're now planning to hold a summer event at the pub as well. As a team of organisers we are now known as the Damien Feely Foundation and are currently in the process of getting officially registered as a fundraising body."

Since beginning seven years ago, the event has raised over £15,000 for charity.

Barney explains why he and friends wanted to give something back to the charity which looked after Damien. He said: "The staff at St Peter's Hospice were absolutely fantastic when caring for my brother and treated him with kind consideration and respect.

"He only benefitted from the services of the hospice for one day before he died but the care he received there was dramatically better than anything he had received anywhere else up until then."

Petra Littlefair, community fundraiser at St Peter's Hospice said: "It's great that Barney is continuing to support us with his wonderful event in Clevedon. His support and the effort the team has put into the organisation of the run means a great deal to us and we are very proud of its growing success."

St Peter's Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. It costs £6.8 million to run the hospice with 77% of its income derived from the generous support of local people.

For more information about the marathon or to sponsor Barney visit http://www.justgiving.com/Barney-Feely1

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