Wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of colourful fundraisers who completed Tŷ Hafan’s first 5K Rainbow Run in Tredegar.
More than 1,200 people signed up for the fun run at Parc Bryn Bach, to raise vital funds for Tŷ Hafan, the hospice for children in Wales.
One of the participants who took part was Amie Sainsbury, whose son, Callum, was referred to the charity in 2013.
Four-year-old Callum from Brynmawr has Ohtahara syndrome – a rare epilepsy condition and needs round the clock care.
The family benefit from short-break care at the hospice in Sully, where the whole family, including Callum’s older sister, Kelcea, receives support.
Amie took to the stage before the event and spoke to the crowd about how Tŷ Hafan helps her family.
She said: “I was fighting back the tears when I was on stage. It was quite overwhelming to look out at the crowd and see how many people were there to support Tŷ Hafan.
“I really enjoyed taking part. It was an amazing ev
ent and it’s a really nice feeling to give something back to the charity that does so much for Callum and our family.”
Tŷ Hafan would like to thank Jane Hodge Foundation, Checkfire, Princes Gate and 9Bar for supporting the event which is expected to raise more than £50,000 for Tŷ Hafan.
Jodie Harris, Marketing and Events Coordinator at Tŷ Hafan, said: "It was a fantastic day and we are so grateful to all our amazing rainbow runners, volunteers and sponsors who made the event such a success. Although the weather was a bit drizzly, it didn’t stop our rainbow runners from shining bright and enjoying themselves.
“The sponsorship raised from the event will make such a difference to the hundreds of life-limited children and their families in need of Tŷ Hafan’s support. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took part.”
Since 1999, Tŷ Hafan has supported 681 life-limited children and their families from across Wales. Tŷ Hafan takes it support into the family home and is there to help families through every step of their unimaginable journey.
To continue to offer its unique service to families, it relies on the public’s generosity, its corporate sponsors and volunteers.