Four runners took part in the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 27th March to help raise vital funds Sparkle.  

Tracey Holloway, 38, previously worked for Sparkle before taking up a different position at Serennu Children’s Centre. This was her first half marathon, which she completed in 2 hours 30 minutes.

“Previously working for Sparkle and still working within Serennu Children’s Centre, it is a charity very close to my heart. It brings me joy to know that the money I have raised will help children and families that use Serennu, Caerphilly and Nevill Hall Children’s Centres to access our leisure facilities. Sparkle provides a safe place for children and families to attend services such as youth/play clubs, swim sessions, cinema screenings, fun days and so much more, whom may be unable to attend mainstream settings. It’s a safe place where they can continue to shine.”

Tracey raised £475 in sponsorship, which will help us continue to provide vital services for children with disabilities.

Laura Stewart, 39, and Pete Fordham, 40, heard about Sparkle from a friend who works at the Newport branch of TSB, which is a big supporter of ours for a number of years. Both moved to Newport from London and were thrilled to be able to take on this challenge for Sparkle.

“We really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was amazing, and we had great support from all the spectators along the route, which really kept us going!”

Between them, Laura and Pete raised £650. This was Laura’s fourth half marathon, which she completed in 2 hours 20 minutes, and Pete’s first, which he ran in 1 hour 45 minutes.

Unfortunately the fourth runner, Dominique, was forced to withdraw after falling ill during the race, however is hoping to complete the run ‘virtually’ at a later date.

Sparkle Team Lead, Rebecca McDonald, said this:

“We are so proud and grateful for all the runners who participated to raise money for Sparkle. Thank you to all those who donated, your money enables the charity to provide essential services across Gwent for our children and young people.”

If you could take on a challenge and raise money for Sparkle, please get in touch on fundraising@sparkleappeal.org or 01633 748041