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Grand Pier supports Paul’s steps to combat cancer

Monday 18th February

A seasoned fund-raiser will be joined by a host of famous faces when he steps out on a five-hour marathon walk on Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier in April.

On Friday 5 April Paul Hobbs will be stepping out on laps of the Pier’s boardwalk, with the aim of covering 10 miles between 12 noon and 5pm.

Paul hopes that the walk, which will take place a few weeks before his 70th birthday, will raise at least £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Among the familiar faces who will be lending Paul their support on the day are former WBC Super Middleweight boxing champion Glenn Catley, former Bristol City Football Club stalwart Brian Tinnion and Weston’s MP John Penrose.

It is hoped that several other VIPs will drop in during the day to wish Paul well with his walk and support him, including local councillor and businessman Richard Nightingale and Grahame Paine, Chairman of the Weston Area Health NHS Trust.

Weston’s Mayor, Councillor Michael Lyall, will also attend to formally start the walk and set Paul on his way.

Paul, from Uphill, near Weston, said: “My five-hour Grand Pier walk will be part of my 25th anniversary year of fundraising events, and I hope to raise lots of money for this wonderful charity to help towards their crucial research.

“I lost my close friend and brother-in-law Alan to cancer recently, so this walk is my personal tribute to him.”

During his 25 years of charity events, including walks, fun days, auctions and collections, Paul has raised a total of nearly £700,000 for a variety of worthy causes.

It all started when Paul, who had worked as a publishing advertising manager in Bristol, was approached by someone who had a relative who was suffering from muscular dystrophy.

Paul said: “I was approached because I had many sporting contacts and asked if I could organise a fund-raising evening.

“I got some Bristol boxers to attend an evening which included a fund-raising raffle, and it was a cracking success. I was asked again to do another one a few weeks later, and it all went from there.”

Paul added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to the Grand Pier. The team there had been great in the support they have given me in every way, and not for the first time.

“I’m a strong, fast walker, so all being well, I should be fine on the day, and I intend to do the walk, whatever the weather!”

If you could like to make a donation in support of Paul’s efforts, visit https://fundraise.cancerresear...

Michelle Michael, co-owner of the Grand Pier, said: “Over the past 25 years Paul has raised an incredible amount of money for many charities and worthy causes.

“We were only too pleased to be able to support Paul, and host his next event, and I hope lots of people will visit the Pier on the day to cheer him on.”

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