Rainbow Run in aid of Ty Hafan

By GEM Staff Reporter in Charity

Barry Island’s most colourful fun run is back this summer, raising money for life-limited children across Wales.

Following the success of last year’s first Rainbow Run in the town, the paint-splattering challenge event returns to Barry Island on May 13.

Raising money for life-limited children and young people and their families at Ty Hafan children’s hospice in Sully, the Rainbow Run is a 5km colour run (or walk) in which, along the route, participants get showered with different colours of powder paint.

The event raises money for children like Scarlett Thomas, who was born with a condition so rare it doesn’t even have a name and needs 24/7 care from parents Chris and Clair.

Mum Clair said: “Scarlett is now three years old. She is a wicked, cheeky and funny little girl.

She enjoys it at Ty Hafan and gets so much out of it. At Ty Hafan, they focus on making a short life a full life. Now, we know this really is true.

“Thanks to the Ty Hafan play team, we’re learning how to play with Scarlett, focussing on her strengths instead of what she can’t do – helping her development and improving her quality of life.

“As long as Scarlett is happy and smiling we can cope with anything. Going to Ty Hafan is the only time we get to be a family. In more ways than I can explain, Ty Hafan means we’re no longer alone.”

Mair Kinsey, marketing and events officer at Ty Hafan, said: “By taking part in our Rainbow Run events, you are helping families make the most of the precious time they have left together, as your valued sponsorship allows us to continue offering care and support across Wales.”

For more information, or to sign up for the Rainbow Run, please visit www.tyhafan.org/rainbow-run.

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