You can still sign up and run for Barnardo’s!
General entry has now closed, but you can still sign up and run for Barnardo’s!
Here at Barnardo’s we’re celebrating our 150th Anniversary. That’s right, we’ve been here helping vulnerable children for 150 years.
I know what you’re thinking though, they don’t help children near me… well think again.
Bonnie* uses our Barnardo’s Cymru Young Carers’ Service in Merthyr, no less than 25 miles away from the start line of the this year’s Cardiff Half Marathon.
Young carers are children under the age of 18, who provide care to another family member who has a physical illness or disability. In Wales there are at least 11,000 young carers. Some of these young carers are as young as five years old, and in extreme cases can be providing over 20 hours of care a week to a family member. Could you imagine how difficult and challenging that would be?
The additional responsibilities can have an effect on the general well-being of a young carer with 48% reporting that they feel stress and anxiety.
Barnardo’s works hard to ensure young carers are identified, receive the support they are entitled to and have the opportunity to receive respite away from their care giving role.
Every child deserves to have a childhood, run for Barnardo’s and you can make sure children like Bonnie do.
Sign up here: www.barnardos.org.uk/CardiffHalf
*names have been changed to protect identities.