I have two brilliant grandsons – but you would expect me to say that wouldn’t you? Well, this week I have an extra reason to be proud of them.
My daughter is helping to organise the Cancer Research UK Relay for Life, at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday, August 30th, starting at 11.00am (the official website for Cancer Research UK is here and the Cardiff organisers’ blog is here). There will be lots of things happening on the day and the idea is to raise funds for cancer research. For a while now there has been an ongoing effort to recruit teams to take part in a 24-hour walking relay in which each team will aim to have at least one member walking throughout the 24 hours. Teams are being recruited from among families, groups of friends, local businesses, clubs and organisations – in fact why not form a team, register with the organisers and come and join in the fun.
The boys are aware of the event and volunteered recently to do a sponsored walk by way of their contribution. It is obviously a good thing to encourage such initiative and enthusiasm so a route was devised and family members and friends were approached for sponsorship. Their route was from Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff to the Millenium Stadium, and I gather that it was about four miles. I thought this was quite a long way for two small boys – one is seven years old and the other one only four. They didn’t think it was a long way at all and in fact came bounding up to the finish line (I have never been a finish line before!) outside Gate 7 at the stadium. Then they walked some more and were suitably rewarded at a nearby cafe that specialises in pancakes and ice cream.
At the last count the boys had raised well over £300. Didn’t they do well? For some pictures and a better account of the walk, click here.