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Caryn to Complete 5 marathons in 5 days for Winston’s Wish

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A group of 30 colleagues are attempting to complete 5 marathons in 5 days in October, with one of whom choosing to raise funds for Winston’s Wish; raising money to support the charity’s work with bereaved children. The group will be walking four marathons in four days and running a half marathon on the fifth day.

The group of determined volunteers, led by Caryn Gwilliam, will be attempting the consecutive marathons to remember two friends who passed last winter. All of the 30, who are all fundraising for charities close to their heart, have already started their training, with a 20k walk kicking off the preparations.

For Caryn (40) from Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan, choosing Winston’s Wish as the beneficiary of her fundraising was an important decision. Losing two of her friends, one of them a popular teacher at a Monmouthshire school was a traumatic time for Caryn, both the families and the wider community.

The team of 30 colleagues start on their mammoth marathon journey on the 4th of October. They have already started fundraising; with anyone wishing to support able to donate at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/caryngwilliam1

Caryn Gwilliam said:

“Over the next six months I will be preparing to take on ‘The Beast’ challenge – a 120 mile walking and running marathon for Winston’s Wish.  I’m taking on the challenge as part of a larger group event with The Breakfast Club, where I am the group’s People Director, with 30 of colleagues.  I chose to support Winston’s Wish after the tragic and sudden loss of a lifelong friend Tanya Floyd last October, who was survived by her three young children and husband.  Then in December, my community was hit with a second heart-break when James Powell, who again was a devoted parent to three children and husband; died suddenly. Winston’s Wish do fantastic work supporting children who have been bereaved and I’m looking forward to fundraising for them.”

Elizabeth Tomala, Fundraising Assistant at Winston’s Wish, added:

“We’re really pleased that Caryn has decided to fundraise for Winston’s Wish and the support we provide children who have been bereaved. The loss of a parent is the most fundamental loss a child will experience, so the work we do is vitally important so that children can deal with the loss and live a prosperous life. Fundraisers like Caryn allow us to support children and their families so we are extremely grateful to her and all others fundraising for Winston’s Wish.”

Each year, Winston’s Wish reaches more than 30,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services. These specialist support programmes include support following death as a result of accident, illness, homicide, suicide and military service.

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