Run­ners’ team ef­fort for teen’s legacy fund

Glamorgan Gazette - - News -

THE mum of a sporty teenager said the power he still has to bring peo­ple to­gether as­tounds her.

And nowhere was this more ap­par­ent than at the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sun­day, when about 100 peo­ple ran to raise money for the #RR81 legacy fund for Rhys Ru­bery, 16, from Pen­coed.

Since his death fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with a mo­tor­bike a year ago his fam­ily and friends have been fundrais­ing in his mem­ory. They’ve built an out­door class­room and re­flec­tion area and their next goal is to pay for a new ar­ti­fi­cial turf pitch at his school, Ys­gol Llan­hari.

Rhys’s mum, Jo, who ran on Sun­day with hus­band, Jon, and other fam­ily mem­bers, said they’ve now raised more than £9,000 on the Just­Giv­ing page, with at least £3,000 more in do­na­tions and spon­sor­ship to come in.

Jo said: “The ef­fect that Rhys still has on every­one to bring them to­gether as­tounds me. We miss him ev­ery minute of ev­ery day as do every­one that knew him. October 1 showed that. Steve Wil­shaw’s idea of a team run­ning for RR81 last Jan­uary could never have imag­ined the scale of what has been achieved. With the sup­port of RCT CBC, I know we can achieve this sec­ond part of Rhys’s legacy.

“If any busi­nesses would like to sup­port we would be very grate­ful.”

These are the run­ners who com­pleted the Cardiff Half in mem­ory of Rhys Ru­bery, 16

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