Setting and smashing targets is a regular goal for Justin Thomas, Bon Bon Buddies’ managing director. But this year the 49-year-old businessman set himself the most significant target so far – running 26 miles to help raise £70,000 for the children and families Tŷ Hafan supports here in Sully, South Wales.
Justin, who says he’s ‘never been much of a runner’, recently completed his training for the London Marathon which took place on 22 April, running four times a week at distances that range from four miles to 20.
“The training has been tough,” he said. “On some days I can be running non-stop for up to three hours. But knowing how much great work Tŷ Hafan carries out, and how the money I raise will help support that work, keeps me going.”
At Tŷ Hafan, we have little doubt Justin will succeed. After all, this isn’t the first time he has pushed his body to the limit for us. In 2015 he took part in ‘Tough Mudder’, completing a 12-mile obstacle course in Gloucestershire.
In fact, the team at Bon Bon Buddies has supported Tŷ Hafan since 2013 and, so far, has raised a whopping £47,600 by organising bake sales, quizzes and fancy dress days. Some of Justin’s colleagues have even completed the Taff Trail Cycle Challenge, Tŷ Hafan’s Rainbow Run and the welsh3peak challenge.
But for Justin, running 26 miles non-stop will be his most gruelling physical challenge so far.
“The London Marathon will certainly be a new experience for me and a new chapter in Bon Bon Buddies’ charity partnership with Tŷ Hafan, as we try to edge closer to that £70,000 mark,” he said.
“I’m honoured to be supporting the vital services the hospice provides to children and families across Wales each day. The charity relies on donations to survive, which is why we are dedicated to helping it however and whenever we can. I want to encourage everyone to get behind us and contribute to this fantastic cause.”
We’re sure Justin’s efforts will add a significant addition to the climbing total and wish him the best of luck.
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