Shaun’s in the running to help boss’s son
8:40am Monday 24th September 2012 in News
AN EMPLOYEE of Barnes Coaches will be hoping for a bus-load of support as he takes on the Swindon Half Marathon .
Shaun Pomfrey, one of the company’s vehicle technicians, is putting on his running shoes to raise money in aid of his boss’s son.
The 25-year-old, of Rodbourne , has been with the company for nine years and will be running in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which Barnes Coaches is supporting as its charity of the year.
The family-owned coach and travel company, established for more than 90 years, chose to raise money for the CF Trust after Sebastian Barnes, son of director Luke Barnes and his wife Emma, was diagnosed with the condition 11 months ago.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-limiting illness that affects the lungs and digestive system, clogging them with a thick, sticky mucus and making it hard to breathe and digest food.
Luke said: “Our son Sebastian being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at three weeks old was devastating. However, with medical research progressing at such a pace, we hope that one day a cure will be found.
“We are supporting the CF Trust as it is the only national charity that supports families touched by CF and funds medical research to aid people with it to live longer and better lives.
“It is brilliant that Shaun has chosen to raise money for the cause. So far, I think we have raised between £3,000 and £4,000 thanks to all the support.”
Shaun is hoping to raise about £200 from his effort but has admitted that he has been late getting into training. “I only really decided this week to do it so I have only got four weeks to train,” he said.
The Swindon Half Marathon has proved popular this year with entries for the 13.1 mile run up so far on last year to almost 900. This year’s half marathon and associated five-mile, multi-terrain and two-mile fun run will take place on Sunday, October 14.
To donate to Shaun’s cause, visit www.justgiving.com/Shaun-Pomfrey.