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Veteran to run The Great Wall of China

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Sean Rice (right): Pictured with founder of The VC Gallery, Barry John MBE (left).

AN EX-SOLDIER from Haverfordwest will be running the Great Wall of China next week, in aid of The VC Gallery.

Sean Rice served with the Royal Engineers and Director of Blayney’s Developments, and hopes to raise a grand total of £2,000 for The VC Gallery.

The VC Gallery, which stands for Veterans and the Community, is a drop in centre on High Street in Haverfordwest for veterans, but also helps various groups of people within the community through art engagement.

Speaking to The Herald, Sean said: “Danny King and Barry John asked me if I would to it for their charity. Obviously being a veteran, I found the cause and everything they do for the people of Pembrokeshire is very good – it’s a great cause.”

Sean will be be flying out to China on Monday (May 15) and running his marathon across The Great Wall on Sunday (May 21).

When asked about when he started his training, he laughed, and said: “About 20 years ago!

“I do a ot of marathons. Two weekends ago I did the Little Haven ultra marathon, which was 35 miles. Weekend before that I did Pendine, which is 32 miles. The biggest ones I’ve done is Hadrian’s Wall, which is 69 miles, and I’ve done New York, London – a few of the big ones!”

The Herald asked him if he felt that it was important that The Gallery is supported. He said: “Knowing Barry personally as a friend, and everything he does, and knowing the problems veterans have, it’s very important.

Founder of The VC Gallery, Barry John MBE, said: “I think it’s an epic challenge – it’s a hell of a marathon! He’s trained so much and done so many high profile runs before, that I feel that this is a bucket list for him.

“Because of the amount of miles he’s doing and because it’s the Great Wall of China, he’s served in the forces before, he’s a Pembrokeshire boy through and through and a Pembrokeshire businessman, and he understands that people of Pembrokeshire and what we do here, so I’m absolutely chuffed he’s chosen the VC Gallery to be able to be representative charity, to do this marathon.”

He added: “I just want to wish Sean good luck for his run. I think what he is doing is amazing, and I just want to thank him on behalf of all the people who come here, and all the veterans of Pembrokeshire.”

If you would like to sponsor Sean, you can go to https://www.gofundme.com/greatwallofchina4thevc to donate.

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Haverfordwest: Fresh artist on the block ready for exhibition

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AN EXHIBITION showcasing the work of an extremely talented local artist will open on Monday, August 1 at The VC Gallery in High Street, Haverfordwest.

Maxine Bunston from Haverfordwest, who has only had one year of experience in the art industry, has managed to create a huge range of fantastic art work, that she will be proudly presenting next week.

The Herald caught up with Maxine, to talk about the art that she will be exhibiting, and what it means to her. She said: “It’s escapism from mental health. It keeps me distracted from low self esteem, especially when people have commented on my appearance. But, mainly, it’s a distraction from mental health and self harm.”

Many of Maxine’s beautiful paintings depict delicate fairies, and The Herald asked Maxine why she decided to feature these in her work. She said: “They’re mystical and magical, and it’s escapism in the way of feeling like a child: Everything is innocent, and it’s the light-heartedness of life, really.”

Maxine has long struggled with mental health, and her art has reflected her emotions and what she was going through at the time.

Everything is innocent: Maxine paints to escape from mental health

Friend of Maxine and regular at The VC Gallery, Mia Gillies, said: “I’ve known Maxine for 10 years, and she started doing art at Bro Cerwen. I’ve seen her evolve from celtic style into really detailed fairy work, with dots and lots of action going on.

“She has really streamlined her work and now, you recognise it as Maxine’s work. It’s also not messy and more, it’s really clean and very intricate.”

All of the paintings at Maxine’s exhibition, which runs from August 1 until August 31, are for sale with prints available on request.

When asked if she classes herself as an artist, Maxine said: “No, I don’t like to call myself an artist. If someone asks me what I do, I don’t say that I’m an artist.”

If you would like to visit The VC Gallery to see Maxine’s wonderful work on display, you can do so from 10am until 5pm, Monday to Friday. To view Maxine’s work online, you can also visit www.facebook.com/escapistfantasyart

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Teacher recruits family and friends for Tenby 10k run

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Declan Lynch (kneeling, right): With a selection of the runners he has recruited

AN YSGOL BRO GWAUN teacher has recruited nearly two dozen friends and family members to participate in a 10km run in Tenby on Sunday (Jul 30) in memory of his mother.

The annual Tenby 10k starts at 11am and follows a scenic route in and around Tenby.

Declan Lynch, an IT teacher, is raising money for Paul Satori following the death of his mother, Ellen, last year.

On his JustGiving page, Declan said: “Early last year my Mum, Ellen, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After a long battle, she passed away peacefully on November 7th 2016.

“One promise I made to her was that I would get fit and raise money for the charities that gave us as a family invaluable support and equipment to make Mum as comfortable as possible; one of these being the Paul Sartori Foundation.

“Money can’t bring Mum back, nor can show our appreciation to all the charities that helped us at these hard times, however by doing whatever little I can to help will enable anyone going through tough times to have the same support that we received.”

So far, Declan has raised £1501, exceeding his initial goal, but he hopes to raise more in one final push for donations before the run.

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Charity Bike Ride returns next month

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HAVERFORDWEST HORNETS will be running the Pembrokeshire Charity Bike Ride on August 6 from the Haverfordwest Rugby Club at 8am.

All money raised is going to Paul Sartotri, Prostate Cymru and Pembrokeshire Special Needs Gymnastics Group.

There are three routes to choose from:

Family ride to Neyland Marina (17 miles) along cycle path from Haverfordwest – Children go free but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Children who fund raise £20 will get a free entry into Folly Farm.

28 Mile route (Middle Distance)- taking in some views and a few hills to stretch the legs. (Under 16 must be accompanied)

50 Mile route out to St Davids and back. (Under 16 must be accompanied)

All routes will be on open roads/paths but marshals will be situated throughout the rides. Bike maintenance will be on hand from Mikes Bikes.

The event will conclude with a refreshments and entertainment.

In 2001, Phil and Tim Hughes got together with Mark Rendell of Mike’s Bikes and some other cycling friends set up the Pembrokeshire Charity Bike Rode and raised £1080.

Due to this small event being such a success they decided to stage the event again and it grew with the participation of a larger number of cyclists in 2002 and the event raised over £3000 and has continued to grow in popularity every year.

From this, the event has become a firm date in the Pembrokeshire calendar and to date the Pembrokeshire Charity Bike Ride has raised over £145,000 for local charities including Paul Sartori, Ward 10, Pembrokeshire Puffins, SNAP, HOPE, Shalom House, Pembrokeshire Guide Dogs, FRAME and many more.

In 2009, Pembrokeshire Charity Bike Ride became registered a charity.

The bike ride is now run by a small committee of volunteers from the Haverfordwest Hornets. They receive excellent financial sponsorship from local companies which means that 100% of the funds raised go to Pembrokeshire Charities.

 

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