It’s Captain Beany – at the double

20 March 2012

THERE’S no stopping Captain Beany, and Port Talbot’s very own madcap fund-raiser will really have the wind behind him on Sunday, when he will be taking part in not one but two charity events.

At the double: charity fundraiser Captain Beany (right). Photo: Rachel Howells

First up is the Tata Sport Relief Mile which takes place in Margam Park from 11am. Distances of one mile, three miles and six miles are up for grabs – 27 of 300 entries remained to be filled as of Tuesday morning – with the Runner Bean aiming to do the mile.

“We are hoping for a big turnout of runners and supporters – the more, the merrier,” said local organiser Colin Price.

But the Captain is not stopping there.

He will on Aberavon seafront by 2pm for the start of the Kidney Wales Foundation’s 2012 Walk For Life, which will be kicking off from Franco’s Chip Shop on the prom.

Joining him for the walk to Bar Gallois and back will be a member of the Ospreys squad and the mayor and mayoress of Port Talbot, Harry and Paula Bebell.

“We are hoping lots of people will come along and support the vital work of Kidney Wales,” said volunteer Janet Evans, herself a former transplant patient.

“Anybody can come along and help us not only to raise cash for kidney patients and their families, as well as for research, but also to raise aware awareness of this debilitating condition.

“So much has already been done – including the opening of the Kidney Wales children’s centre at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff in 2010 – but there is always more we can do.

“And you don’t have to walk the walk if you are not up to it. People of all ages can come along and show their support at what is a fun and friendly event.

“All those taking part will be given a T-shirt and a certificate.”

The last word came from the Captain.

“I hope everyone will come along and support these vital causes,” he said.

“Let’s hope the weather stays fine.”


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