Ray’s Renal Ray of Sunshine Run

Ray’s Renal Ray of Sunshine Run

Date: 13 May 2021 | By: paul

Lyndon and Alfie-Ray Rees from Llanelli have set themselves a challenge of running an Ultra Marathon, “Ray’s Renal Ray of Sunshine Run” in memory of Raymond Bolton a “larger than life” character that would always bring light and happiness wherever he went. A Llanelli man who doted on his family and was loved and respected by so many. Ray worked down the mines in Cynheidre as an electrician and loved nothing more than building and flying model aircrafts in his spare time. Ray made such an impact on everyone’s lives. A father figure to his niece, due to their close relationship she named her youngest son, Alfie-Ray.

As a mark of respect Alfie-Ray, aged 12, is planning on running an Ultra Marathon of 31 miles for the Renal Unit that supported Ray through his treatment. All the staff at the unit could not speak highly enough of Ray, he was so full of sunshine and laughter he made a lasting impression on everyone he met.

Ray sadly passed away in March this year and Alfie-Ray wishes to honour his memory.

Anna Powell, Children and Youth Community Engagement Officer for The Paul Popham Fund, said:

"I feel privileged to be working with both Lyndon and Alfie on this fundraising event and more importantly honouring Ray’s memory in such a positive way."

Both Lyndon and Alfie are no strangers to setting themselves challenges that push their bodies to the limits. They have previously run a marathon (26.2 miles) in walking boots and carrying weights. They completed the challenge in 7 and a half hours and the last few miles were particularly tough, but they dug deep and finished the marathon. Both Lyndon and Alfie epitomise our  "Believe in Yourself" ethos and the charity are looking forward to supporting them on their next challenge.

Ray’s Renal Ray of Sunshine Run will start and finish at the Selwyn Samuel Centre, Llanelli on 29th May 2021. Lyndon and Alfie will be starting at 10 am and running 31 miles with fuelling stations on route. We are asking the community to support through donations or alternatively, Lyndon and Alfie would appreciate a few cheers and words of encouragement along the way.

Find out more information here and how to donate: