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By hrbrsd | Thursday, December 12, 2013, 11:07

A group of Clevedon friends have once again organised a sponsored run in aid of the charity which cared for a beloved friend and brother.

Barney Feely, 36, has organised the Clevedon Half Marathon and 10K run along with a group of friends for the past seven years, raising thousands of pounds in his brother Damien Feely's name.

All proceeds are going to St Peter's Hospice which cared for Damien in 2007 when he lost his battle with cancer aged just 32.

Barney hopes the event will raise around £3000 for 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.

"The run is a great event for the community to get involved in. There is a half marathon or a 10k option and it's open to anyone who wants to join in. The event is always a great day, full of atmosphere and is a great excuse for a fun day out while raising money for a really worthwhile cause."

The 13-mile run begins and ends at the Crab Apple pub in Millcross on 14 December and continues across the moors through Kingston Seymour and back to Clevedon.

This year Barney hopes the event will be bigger and better than ever by having more people running or cycling.

He continued: "The event has been a success from the very first year, with the whole community getting behind it and it's just grown from there. Altogether we've raised £15,000 for charity, which is just fantastic.

"I'm running the half marathon myself, as always, and look forward to seeing another great turn out."

Petra Littlefair, community fundraiser at St Peter's Hospice said: "It's great that Barney is supporting us once again this year with his wonderful event in Clevedon. His support and the effort he has put into the organisation of the run means a great deal to us and we wish him all the best of luck for the day."

Now in its 35th anniversary year, 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.

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