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Store director raises charity funds with half marathon

07 November, 2017
Adam Thomas, store director, with other runners after completing the Cardiff half marathon
Adam Thomas, store director, with other runners after completing the Cardiff half marathon

A director at the Talbot Green store has raised £350 for a children’s charity by running the Cardiff Half Marathon.

Charity run

Ophthalmic director, Adam Thomas, ran his first Cardiff Half Marathon in a time of one hour and 47 minutes.

Thanks to the generosity of friends and family, he was able to raise £350, which was donated to Tŷ Hafan, a Welsh charity that provides support to children with life-limiting illnesses, as well as their families and loved ones.

Adam ran the race alongside five Tŷ Hafan staff members, after several weeks of preparation and training leading up to the event.

Adam said: ‘I entered the Cardiff Half Marathon to push myself but, just as importantly, to raise awareness of a worthwhile charity. Given the number of people who take part in the half marathon, I couldn’t think of a better place to do that.’

One of many athletic successes for Talbot Green

The 13.1 mile run wasn’t the first athletic success of the year for the store, as manager Gavin Rees raised £85 for Tŷ Hafan in April by running the Cardiff 10k race.

‘Having Gavin on hand to give me some tips and advice from his 10k run earlier this year was great and, along with the generous donations from friends and colleagues ahead of my run, inspired me to keep going when training got tougher,’ Adam added.

‘I would like to thank the Tŷ Hafan team members that joined me on the day and kept me going when I began to struggle. I can’t wait to do something like this again, perhaps my previous time and raise even more money for local causes.’

Physical challenge

Speaking about her colleagues’ achievements, retail director, Hannah Davies, said: ‘Supporting organisations that positively contribute to our community is important to us all at the store, as the efforts of Adam and Gavin show, and we can always count on our customers to get behind our fundraising efforts.

‘Tŷ Hafan provides vital services for many families across our region and I am glad that we have been able to show our support to them.’

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