November 2014

Good News!! Richard Bowie (AKA Ziggy) is running the New York Marathon for us!!

Richard Bowie (answers to the name Ziggy) is running the New York Marathon on Sunday 2nd November and would like to donate any proceeds from sponsorship he receives from friends and family, to Sight Cymru.

Richard says “This is something which I have wanted to do since registering to run the marathon over a year ago, my late father Mr Robert Colin Bowie received vital equipment and support from yourselves when he developed visual impairment through Macular Degeneration, my dad had the worst type! This had a major impact on his quality of life and restricted his mobility and general quality of life, however he very much appreciated the support , equipment and advice Sight Cymru gave him, sadly he passed away over 2 years ago, but Sight Cymru still send newsletters to my step mum Mrs Vera Bowie and keep in touch, it may be that she may also may need similar support herself in the future , hopefully not but we know Sight Cymru would be there to support her if required like you do for so many in the local community.

It is important to me that I can have the opportunity to pay something back for all the excellent work the charity does, so thought running the marathon and fundraising for Sight Cymru at the same time would be a good opportunity. As they say every little helps!

For information I belong to Fairwater Runners Cwmbran based at Cwmbran stadium, and am currently membership secretary and committee member and play an active role in the club at all levels, running is my passion and have done 6 marathons previously , but this is a special one as it is the largest marathon in the world and has been on my to do and bucket list since I began running , which is only approximately 7years now, I started running later in life at 47 ( Im now 52)

I still cant believe I can run such a distance as prior to joining the club I had never run or participated in any team or sport, through sheer determination and training and healthy lifestyle it just shows you can go from hardly doing any distance to doing marathons!!, human spirit can raise to the challenge and so if I can raise some money for those less fortunate than myself by doing something I love doing then it will give me a great sense of satisfaction knowing it can make a difference”

We all wish Richard (Ziggy) the best for his run in the BIG APPLE!! If you would like to donate we have set up a donate page with BT Donate – simply click the link above.