YOURS Char­ity’s bid gets up and run­ning

South Wales Echo - - YOURS -

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

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