Beany carries torch for his brother

18 July 2012

PUTTING a naked flame near a man who eats a lot of baked beans might not be the most sensible fundraising idea, but that’s what the British Heart Foundation will be doing later this month when they set Port Talbot’s Captain Beany off on his own Olymbean Torch Relay.

Captain Beany carried out a dry run of his Olymbean Torch Relay when the Olympic flame came to Port Talbot. Photo: Lewis Thelwall

Captain Beany carried out a dry run of his Olymbean Torch Relay when the Olympic flame came to Port Talbot. Photo: Lewis Thelwall

The orange one will don his running daps and make a dash from Swansea’s Liberty Stadium to Parc Y Strade in Llanelli, complete with his homemade beacon, which bears some resemblance to another flaming torch that has recently been touring the county.

He will run the equivalent of a half marathon, setting off at 10am on Saturday July 28.

“I am running in memory of my brother, Peter Kirk, who died of heart disease in 2000 when he was still only a young man,” said Captain Beany. “It was a dreadful shock, and I have been working hard to raise money for the British Heart Foundation ever since.

“It is a cause that’s very close to my heart.”

The British Heart Foundation said: “If you can only spare just £1.00 towards our adopted charity fundraiser, Captain Beany, on his epic Olymbean Torch Relay on the Justgiving website, then we can raise awareness the issue of heart disease and leading a healthy lifestyle. Please support his Olymbean Torch Relay race and make a difference today.”

You can sponsor the run by visiting the Just Giving website.

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