MORE than £7,000 will go to Dementia Revolution and Guide Dogs Cymru after Vale MP Alun Cairns completed his eighth London Marathon on Sunday, April 28.

Mr Cairns has raised almost £60,000 in his Marathon efforts over the years and has expressed his delight that more money will go to causes close to his heart again this year.

Following his completion of the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours and 45 mins to raise money for his chosen charities, he said: “I was delighted when I crossed the finish line, knowing the generous donations that I have received will go a long way in supporting the important work that the Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research and Guide Dogs do in our community.”

“The London Marathon is a fantastic occasion and it was brilliant to see runners from Barry and the Vale getting involved.

“So many worthy causes will have received a much-needed cash boost, which will aid their efforts in our community.

Both Dementia Revolution (a joint fundraising platform by Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research) and Guide Dogs mean a lot to me and I want to thank everyone for the incredible support.”

Country director for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, Sue Phelps said: “Dementia is the biggest health threat facing society and there are currently no effective treatments to slow, prevent or cure it.

“Today, over 45,000 people are living with dementia in Wales.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations and thanks to Alun for joining the charge toward a cure.”

Local runners Ben Butler-Madden and Gareth Poston celebrated crossing the London Marathon finish line with Vale MP Alun Cairns.

The occasion saw a large following from local running clubs including Major Milers, Seriously Mad Runners (SMR) and Penarth & Dinas Runners who all made the trip to London in support.

Mr Butler-Madden ran the distance in 2 hours and 32 minutes, while Mr Poston completing it in 2 hours and 49 minutes, with both achieving their personal best times.

Mr Cairns finished in 3 hours and 45 minutes, which he claimed was a credible time given his age disadvantage.

After the Marathon, Mr Cairns met with his fellow runners from the Vale for a drink to celebrate their achievements, which including local runner Bethan Apglyn who was there to support them.

They are all regular participants in the Barry Island Parkrun.

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