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Granddaughter of blind veteran raises £1000 for our charity

Published on 21 Jan 2021

A woman from Llandantffraid in Powys ran every day in December and managed to fundraise four times her original goal of £250, bringing in a grand total of £1,000.

As well as running every day, 35-year-old Sam Bunning took on a series of increasingly challenging targets from a 5k to a half marathon.

After hitting her original goal of £250 quickly, Sam decided to add the extra challenge of running 100 miles in the month of December and increased her target to £1,000.

Sam says:

“After three weeks of running every day, an old knee issue flared up on Boxing Day which put a bit of a spanner in the works for the half marathon. So, to make sure I completed the challenge, I shared the half marathon with my husband, alternating 3km stints."

Charity supporter Sam, wearing running gear and holding up her two sons in her arms
Sam with her sons
“I was absolutely blown away by the support from friends, family and even strangers. I’m so pleased to be able to donate this money to an absolutely brilliant charity.”
Sam Bunning

After Sam raised £585, her husband Dale decided to make a donation from his company, DA Bunning Gas Ltd, in order to hit the £1,000 target. He says:

“We’re a family business and we like to do our bit for charity. On top of that, Sam’s grandfather helped us out when we started the business so given the amazing support he’s had from the charity, this was a way to pay him back after all these years.”

Sam says:

“My grandfather was in the Navy and 20 years ago he started to lose his sight. The support the charity gave him in the early days was just amazing to see. They quickly got him up and running on a specially adapted computer so he could continue with his family history research."

Charity supporter Dale and his colleague, standing in front of their work van, smiling.
Sam's husband Dale (left)
“He’s in his 90s now and most of his Navy friends have sadly passed. So being able to visit the charity’s rehabilitation and training centre in Llandudno means the world to him. It also gives my mum some critical respite as his primary carer.”
Sam Bunning

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