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Local girls shine in Cardiff Half Marathon

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Sarah Vesey, a Clerical Officer in the X-ray Department in Withybush Hospital, ran in Cardiff's annual half marathon recently in support of Shine Cymru and raised a fantastic £500 through sponsors and baking cakes!

It was Sarah's first half marathon and she completed the course in a very commendable two hours nineteen minutes. Sarah has been running for several years but this is the first time she has taken up the challenge of a half marathon, and she wanted to make Cardiff her first.

She said:

"I chose Shine Cymru because one of my colleagues has a son, Harry, with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. I know they received support from this small charity from the moment Harry was born, and so I felt Shine Cymru was a fitting choice."

Kate Thomas, Director of Shine Cymru said:

"We were delighted when Sarah got in touch to say she was signing up to the half marathon in aid of Shine Cymru. We support around 15 families in Pembrokeshire and over 750 families across Wales.

"Great big thanks to Sarah, and to Jo Thomas from St David's, who also ran for Shine Cymru and has raised £250. Brilliant! The money Sarah and Jo have raised will go towards furthering the development of our support and social groups, and to raising greater awareness and understanding of spina bifida amongst the health, care and education professions."

Shine Cymru are hoping to get a team of 10 runners for next year's Cardiff half marathon and would love to hear from anyone who is interested in running for Team Shine!

For further information or to find out more about the work of Shine Cymru, contact 01656 864102 or email  

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