When Cardigan marathon runner Russell Williams discovered that a Penparc child was suffering from a rare form of bone cancer, he decided to raise vital funds for her and the Noah’s Ark Hospital in Cardiff.

Ten year old Mia Lloyd was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a cancer that affects around 30 children in the UK each year.

To date, Russell has raised around £2,000 for the Rainbow Ward at the Noah’s Ark Hospital where Mia receives her treatment. He has raised these funds by organising a 12 hour spinathon at the Tesco Store in Carmarthen and by taking part in Iron Man Wales event held over the weekend in Tenby where he swam 2.4 miles; rode his bike for 112 miles and ran for 26.2 miles.

“I grew up in St Dogmaels, the same as Emma, Mia’s mum and we went to the same school, and I thought as I was taking part in these marathons I’d raise money the same time,” said father-of-two Russell.

And his fundraising efforts don’t finish there. Russell plans to take part in the 13.1 mile Cardiff Half and the full Snowdon marathon of 26.2 miles in October.