Don’t use our son’s name for char­ity fundraiser

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS - BY SARAH HODG­SON AND JEZ HEM­MING

ACHILDREN’S hos­pice will be the ben­e­fi­ciary af­ter the par­ents of foot­balling leg­end Gary Speed with­drew all ties from a run or­gan­ised in his mem­ory.

The for­mer Gary Speed Me­mo­rial 10K run, or­gan­ised by Col­wyn Bay FC, will still take place on July 12, how­ever Roger and Carol Speed have asked it is no longer as­so­ci­ated with their son’s name with “im­me­di­ate ef­fect”.

Ty Gobaith, which comes un­der the um­brella of Hope House chil­dren’s hos­pices, will now ben­e­fit and the event will now be known as the Ty Gobaith 10k char­ity run, with 25% of the pro­ceeds go­ing to the hos­pice.

Roger and Carol Speed said they took the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion due to “con­flicts” with how the run had been or­gan­ised.

Of­fi­cials from Col­wyn Bay FC claim vice pres­i­dent of the club and or­gan­iser of the run John Martin and the Speed fam­ily were un­happy over “low” en­try num­bers.

In a state­ment Roger and Carol said: “Due to re­cent cir­cum­stances that have hap­pened and con­flicts with the or­gan­i­sa­tion of this, we have this evening in­formed Col­wyn Bay FC to re­move the name of Gary Speed from the forth­com­ing 10K run with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“We are with­draw­ing our sup­port from this event and wish to reach out to all reg­is­tered run­ners and con­firm that the 10K Run is no longer as­so­ci­ated with Gary Speed.”

Roger and Carol apol­o­gised for any in­con­ve­nience, but asked their de­ci­sion be re­spected.

They said: “We can only sin­cerely apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience this may have caused but kindly ask that our de­ci­sion is re­spected.

“The in­tegrity and legacy of Gary Speed is not some­thing we take lightly and this de­ci­sion has been taken with great sad­ness but with a firm con­vic­tion.”

“For the record, we would like to thank our great friend John Martin who not only came up with the idea to pay trib­ute to Gary via a 10K run last year but who has also worked tire­lessly, pas­sion­ately and hon­estly to try to make this event a suc­cess.”

Roger has also an­nounced that he is stand­ing down as pa­tron of the football club.

Of­fi­cials at Col­wyn Bay FC said the run would go ahead, with pro­ceeds go­ing to lo­cal char­i­ties.

Col­wyn Bay FC press of­fi­cer Tim Chan­non said: “Col­wyn Bay Football Club are sorry to have re­ceived the res­ig­na­tion of club pa­tron Roger Speed fol­low­ing weeks of dis­cus­sions be­tween us and club vice pres­i­dent John Martin about can­celling or post­pon­ing the Gary Speed Me­mo­rial 10K run due to an ini­tial low num­ber of en­tries.

“We would like to wish Roger and Carol Speed and John Martin all the best for the fu­ture and thank them for what they’ve done whilst at Col­wyn Bay Football Club.

The run will start and fin­ish at the football ground and the route will take in the seafront prom­e­nade through Rhos-on­Sea and back

Ty Gobaith’s sup­port ex­tends to the whole fam­ily from di­ag­no­sis through­out the life of the child and be­yond and they rely heav­ily on fundrais­ing and do­na­tions.

More in­for­ma­tion about Ty Gobaith and House Hope Hos­pices is avail­able on their web­site www.hope­hos­pice.org.uk

For any­one wish­ing to take part in the event, ei­ther as run­ner or just to walk the course, to help raise money for Ty Gobaith, they can email gscbfc@gmail. com or register on the day at the Col­wyn Bay FC club­house in Llanelian Road, Old Col­wyn, by 10.30am.

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