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This May Half Term is traditionally a time when some families take their first holiday of the year, go on day trips to the beach, park or cinema, however due to the Coronavirus Pandemic we are all still staying home and social distancing to save lives and protect the NHS.

So we’re asking children and their families to get involved in the 50/50 challenge this May Half Term as a way of having fun, keeping active, entertained and challenged during this difficult time, but it is also an opportunity to contribute to the amazing work of Velindre Cancer Centre and in turn they learn the benefits and values of volunteering and fundraising.

The idea for the 50/50 Half Term Challenge came from Gareth Jones from Blackwood who’s set his 9 year old twins, Beatrice & Henry Jones-Burles, the challenge of cycling 100 miles over half term week.

Gareth said: “Like most families during lockdown we’ve been trying to keep active and have fun doing our daily exercise within the restrictions. For Beatrice & Henry this has involved daily cycling to improve on a basic skill and keep them fit and ready for when their regular sports clubs restart soon. This has involved daily ride around the country lanes where we live and keeping away from busy areas.

We’ve watched and supported famous people doing great challenges and raising money for charities all over the UK and wanted to do something, so with half-term looming we’ve set ourselves a personal challenge and aim to cycle 100 miles around our lanes over half term week. It would be great to see other families joining us.”


So whether it’s doing 50 star jumps, walking 50 laps of the garden, keeping silent for 50 minutes a day, learning 50 new words, cycling 50km or doing 50 drawings, all we ask is you get sponsored and we will provide a fundraising pack to help you.

To register and receive your fundraising pack please click here.

If you are happy to do so, please share your challenges with images and updates on social media tagging us in using @Velindre on Twitter and Facebook and @velindre_fundraising on Instagram so we can see and share your incredible efforts.

After the challenge we will send each child a special certificate and medal to reward their achievements.

Money raised from this event will be used to fund Clinical Nurse Specialists who are currently working on the frontline providing exceptional care to our patients. It will also be used for our psychology and wellbeing services which are supporting our staff and patients through these challenging times.