Pencoed mum 'on cloud nine' after completing gruelling cycle across America

 A Pencoed mum said she remains on cloud nine a fortnight after completing “the challenge of a lifetime”, cycling a mammoth 515km across America’s East Coast. Sian Harris spent five days pedalling alongside 40 others, taking in astonishing sights as she made her way from Boston to New York to

READ MORE October 9, 2014

Family and friends of late runner will aim to complete his goal of 100 marathons in this years Cardiff Half Marathon

Friends and family of a late running enthusiast who aimed to run 100 half marathons will help to complete his challenge at Sunday’s Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon. Graham Johnson died on 4th October 2013. He could boast a medal collection including 10 marathons and 89 half marathons. He was determined to run 100 half marathons but cancer...

READ MORE October 6, 2014

Record Amount Of Runners Take Part In Cardiff Half Marathon 2014

The 2014 Cardiff Half Marathon was a great success, with 21,000 runners setting off on starting line. Velindre also had a record number of runners in the event, with 176 people donning green Velindre Victory Over Cancer running vests with pride. Breast cancer survivor Rachel Barlow McGuire 41, who last year trekked up Kilimanjaro just months after...

READ MORE October 6, 2014

Velindre Staff To Run Cardiff Half Marathon For Centre

A team of staff from Velindre will be running the Cardiff Half Marathon this Sunday. The idea was that of Clinical Nurse Specialist Annie Jones who said she was taking inspiration from the strength of character and the fighting spirit of patients that she had met at the centre. Annie said: "I have no background in running, so I have had to start...

READ MORE October 3, 2014

Husband And Wife Complete Year Long Walk Around Wales

A husband and wife have completed a gruelling 870 mile walk around Wales for Velindre. The couple from Radnor took a year to complete the walk on Wales' Coastal Path to raise funds for Velindre's Victory Over Cancer Campaign. Pamela and her husband during the walk 64-year old Pamela Mallpress, along with her husband Chris, decided to take on the challenge...

READ MORE October 3, 2014

Epic cycle ride raises more than half a million pounds for Velindre

A phenomenal £600,000 has been raised for Velindre Cancer Centre by cyclists riding hundreds of kilometres along America’s east coast. The East Coast Bike Challenge, organised by Velindre Fundraising, saw rugby legends Jonathan Davies and Martyn Williams lead riders across 515km from Boston to New York. The event, which consisted of two separate...

READ MORE October 2, 2014

1100 Set New Record For Gangham Style Dance

A whopping 1,100 children, parents and grandparents danced their way into the Guinness Book of World Records this weekend for having the most people dancing to the song at one time. The lively fundraiser, which took place at Whitchurch Common just after 3pm on Saturday, was in aid of Velindre Hospital. It was organised by Whitchurch dad Andy Maguire...

READ MORE July 8, 2014

Martyn Williams' Victory Over Cancer Walk A Great Success

150 men, women and children joined Wales rugby centurion Martyn Williams for his annual walk for Velindre on Sunday 29th June. This years walk was a picturesque 8.5 mile route starting and finishing at Llantristant Leisure Centre, and the sun shone for the whole walk! Velindre Fundraising and Martyn would like to thank Jeff Cowland for helping...

READ MORE July 2, 2014

Hundreds Turn Out for In The Pink's Midsummer Walk

Over 450 men, women and children took part in In The Pink's Midsummer Walk on Sunday, raising funds for Breast Cancer research and care at Velindre. There were two walk routes; an 8 mile and a 10 mile, which started at 8am and finished in Llangynidr Village Hall. After the walk walkers tucked in to a well earned breakfast roll and cup of cofee. This...

READ MORE June 29, 2014

Rhod Gilbert Hosts Quiz Night For Hugh James

On Wednesday 4 June, Hugh James hosted a sports quiz in aid of Velindre at the Thistle Hotel in Cardiff, featuring comedian Rhod Gilbert as celebrity quizmaster. The evening was a great success and took the total funds raised by Hugh James for Velindre to over £30,000 for the year to date with more events still to come. 20 teams battled it out throughout...

READ MORE June 6, 2014

Cardiff Blues Stars Matthew Rees & Bradley Davies Launch New Gentlemenís Afternoon Tea At Park Plaza Cardiff

Taking inspiration from the classic Gentlemen’s clubs of the nineteenth century, Park Plaza Cardiff has introduced a rather delicious and altogether debonair new take on the traditional afternoon tea. The new Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea, offers a masculine twist on the traditionally feminine afternoon past time, swapping finger sandwiches...

READ MORE May 19, 2014

Cancer brought my family together

Having battled and beaten cancer twice, former beauty queen Suzanne Sullivan knows only too well about the disease’s devastation. But for the 54-year-old ex Miss Cardiff, the condition has had one surprising and unintended consequence – by uniting her with the family she’d never met. Her cancer ordeal began when she was first diagnosed...

READ MORE May 13, 2014

75 Miler For Smiler A Huge Success!

Friends and family of Cardiff Blues star Matthew Rees took part in a 75 mile sponsored walk over the May Bank Holiday to raising £6000 to date for Velindre Cancer Centre. Organised by Matthew’s uncle Dave Edgecombe, the group walked 75 miles over three days taking in each club Matthew has played for – Llanelli Scarlets, Treorchy,...

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75 Miler For Smiler Starts Friday

The recent news that Wales Hooker Matthew Rees has been given the all clear to resume training with the Cardiff Blues by specialists at Velindre Cancer Centre was greeted with joy across the rugby community. Now a group of Matthews closest friends and family members who have lost family and friends to cancer, the Refail Wayfairers led by Matthew’s...

READ MORE April 30, 2014

Canadian Couple Half Way Through Walk Around Wales

A Canadian couple are over half way in their walk around the coast Wales for several charities, including Velindre Cancer Centre. Mona and David Matthews, retired teachers who live in Calgary in Canada, have walked about 472 of the 870 official miles of the Wales Coastal Path to raise money for cancer research and related support in Wales, Canada and the USA. The...

READ MORE April 28, 2014

Dad's cancer battle inspires Abertillery woman

AN ABERTILLERY woman has raised more than £1,220 for the fight against colon cancer after her father was diagnosed with the illness. Lisa Bytheway, 29, originally of Llanhilleth, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a long-term condition affecting the bowels after losing nine stone in weight for her wedding last year. Mrs Bytheway’s...

READ MORE April 23, 2014

On his return to rugby, Matthew Rees tells Wales Online about his battle with cancer

In October last year, Matthew Rees was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Since then, the former Wales skipper has won his battle with the illness and returned to rugby. Here, he tells Simon Thomas at Mediawales, what the past six months have been like. Q: What did it feel like when you ran back onto that field last Saturday against Ulster? A: It was great...

READ MORE April 7, 2014

Intrepid Barry Group's Three Peaks Challenge to support Velindre

A team of 10 friends from a Barry fitness group are preparing to scale the highest peaks in Britain to raise money for Velindre Cancer Centre. The team, who all attend Nicky Palmer Fitness in the town, will be attempting to climb Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m) on June 7 – all within 24 hours to raise money for the awareness...

READ MORE April 3, 2014

Medium Night Raises Over £2000 Thanks To Help From Barclays

A psychic medium night has raised over £2000 thanks to help from Barclays Bank. Over 90 people came to see award winning psychic medium Karen Wilson perform at the Village Hotel in Cardiff on Thursday 27th March. The evening was organised with the help of Jane Goodwin of  the Porth branch of Barclays Bank to raise funds for Velindre Cancer...

READ MORE April 2, 2014

Hugh James Rugby Lunch Raises £21,000 For Velindre

On Friday 28 March, Hugh James hosted a rugby lunch at the Millennium Stadium, raising more than £21,000 in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre. The lunch was organised as part of a year of fundraising activity Hugh James is undertaking for Velindre which culminates in the East Coast Bike Challenge in September. Matthew Tossell, Andrew Harding and Joe Purcell,...

READ MORE March 31, 2014