YOURS Charity’s bid gets up and running
MORE than 150 years after Dr Thomas Barnardo began helping Britain’s most vulnerable children, his spirit will live on in Cardiff this weekend.
Sarah Crawley, director of Barnardo’s Cymru, will be dressed in top hat and tails – just like those worn by the charity’s founder – as she joins tens of thousands of runners for the Cardiff Half Marathon.
While most runners will be most concerned about dehydration, blisters and hitting the wall, Sarah’s mind will be on whether her costume is up to the challenge.
“I’ve chosen to run as Dr Barnardo as he was our charity’s founder and an inspiration but I am quite worried about overheating and chafing,” she said.
“The top hat could keep falling off, the woollen tails get damp and heavy and I’m also concerned people will think I am Abraham Lincoln.
“I have done quite a few half marathons and wanted to do this one differently so I thought I would make it harder and challenge myself further.”
She has a particular interest in Sunday’s event as Barnardo’s Cymru is the official charity partner and more than 400 runners will be raising money for the charity, which helps thousands of vulnerable children and families in 84 services across Wales.
These services range from supporting children who have been bereaved or abused, to helping care leavers, adoption and fostering, and providing support for families negatively affected by parents having been in the Armed Forces or in prison.
Sarah said: “I am so pleased to be running with, or quite possibly behind, runners raising money for Barnardo’s.
“I know they will have put in a lot of training.
“Some of them will be seasoned runners but for others this will be their first half marathon.
“I wish everyone the best of luck on the day and hopefully we will raise a considerable amount of money for vulnerable children, young people and families.”
You can sponsor Sarah at www. justgiving.com/fundraising/sarahcrawley151