A MAN from Sully is set to run this year’s London Marathon to raise funds for Ty Hafan, writes Alison Powell.

Dave Cannon, of Lynton Close, aims to raise at least £2,000 for the hospice when he he takes on the challenge in April.

The 38-year-old said he passes the hospice on a regular running route, so fundraising for them seemed a natural choice.

He credited his wife, Helena, for her support, adding: “She has been great, really supportive and tolerated my absences.”

Mr Cannon is about to increase his training schedule from 30 miles a week, to 50 miles a week said he hopes to inspire children to see the value of exercise in their lives.

“The work that Ty Hafan does is incredible,” he added.

“Life must be really challenging for the parents of children with terminal illness and the support they get from Ty Hafan is unbelievable.”

Mr Cannon recently hosted a coffee morning at The Old School, in South Road, and will put on a quiz at the Seashore Grill, in Beach Road, on March 30.

Claire Cooper, director of income generation at Ty Hafan, said: “For the families we support, at our hospice in Sully and in communities across Wales, providing 24/7 care for a child with a life-limiting condition can feel as exhausting as running a marathon every day.

“When supporters like Dave show they care and go to such great lengths to raise money for the charity, it shows these families they are not alone. The money raised will make a real difference, enabling our care and community teams to provide nursing care and support during short breaks and to work with families so they can make the very best of the time they have together, creating precious memories that will last a lifetime.”

“We are so grateful to Dave and wish him all the very best with his training – all of us here at the hospice will be cheering him on.” Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dave-cannon1 to donate.