Paint-splat­tered run­ners raise cash for char­ity

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

AROUND 700 peo­ple added a splash of colour to Porth­cawl this week­end when they took part in the Ty Hafan Rain­bow Run.

Gath­er­ing at Sandy Bay where the 5km course had been laid out on the beach, the fundrais­ers took part in a vigorous warm-up ses­sion cour­tesy of BridgeFM and Ms Fit.

The crowd was then blasted with pow­der paint in a va­ri­ety of colours be­fore the race got un­der­way.

And even more was thrown on the run­ners, many of which were in fancy dress, at paint sta­tions dur­ing the race on Satur­day.

The event raises money for chil­dren with life-lim­it­ing con­di­tions and their fam­i­lies across Wales.

Last year the run­ners raised around £50,000. This year’s event was a sell out.

The Sully-based chil­dren’s hospice cares for chil­dren like four-year-old Cal­lum Sains­bury, who was di­ag­nosed with Oh­ta­hara syn­drome. When he was five weeks old, he started fit­ting. Even­tu­ally he was hav­ing at least 19 fits a day and was hos­pi­talised for nearly four months. It took al­most a year be­fore he was di­ag­nosed with Oh­ta­hara Syn­drome. Cal­lum has since been di­ag­nosed with cere­bral palsy and sco­l­io­sis – cur­va­ture of the spine. He can’t walk, talk or even smile. His mum, Amie, said: “Ty Hafan has been my rock. They help us as a fam­ily and make us feel so wel­come when we visit. They have helped us so much and we can’t thank them enough.”

PIC­TURES: PETER BOLTER AND RICHARD SWINGLER

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