TWO children have raised more than £800 for a charity close to their hearts.

10-year-old Haydn Williams and his four-year-old brother Bodhi Williams, who both attend St Bride’s Primary School, have undertaken the Run for Dementia this month aiming to run 50 miles each throughout January.

The youngsters took on the challenge to honour their 96-year-old Great Nana Rene who was diagnosed with vascular dementia last year.

The boys’ mother, Rachel Morgan-Williams, said: “They are very close with their Great Nana Rene and, as her illness has progressed, I’ve split my time between home and looking after her.

“With lockdown in place, and my husband working, they’ve spent a few days a week home-schooling with me at her home while I care for her and they have seen the changes in her.”

Barry And District News: Brothers Bodhi and Haydn (Picture: Rachel Morgan-Williams)Brothers Bodhi and Haydn (Picture: Rachel Morgan-Williams)

When Haydn read about Run for Dementia he “jumped at the chance” to help people like his Great Nana and raise money for Alzheimer's Society.

The pair have been running two miles a day and, so far, have only wanted one day off.

They originally hoped to raise £100, but have already raised more than £800, with donations still coming in.


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“They love to read to their Great Nana, and to make her pictures and put on shows for her,” added Mrs Morgan-Williams.

“Haydn had to choose a country in the world to write a rap song about so Nana Rene got her first rap concert! She thought it was wonderful.

“They have such an incredible calming effect on her, and the children love seeing her.”

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Barry And District News: Haydn with little brother Bodhi (Picture: Rachel Morgan-Williams) Haydn with little brother Bodhi (Picture: Rachel Morgan-Williams)

Mrs Morgan-Williams has thanked everyone who has supported the youngsters' efforts.

She said: “We are truly blown away by everyone’s generosity.

“The boys have given it their all and we are bursting with pride.

“Dementia is a heart-breaking disease and will impact every one of us in one way shape or form.

"Alzheimer’s Society is such an important charity which has been invaluable for us this past year."