Primary pupils inspired to share happiness across Llantrisant for St John Ambulance Cymru

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A group of five and six-year-olds from Llantrisant will be lifting spirits across the town during lockdown as they take part in their inspiring 2.6 Challenge to raise vital funds for St John Ambulance Cymru.

Roni,5, Harri,6, Maxen,6, and Leo,5, will be completing a series of challenges to raise money for our charity to thank the volunteers who are out on the front line in the fight against Covid-19.

The youngsters, who met at Ysgol Gymraeg Castellau and also attend their local Badgers group together, will begin their challenge on Saturday 2nd May at Leo’s home.

Here, Leo will begin a relay challenge which will see him walking to his friend, Roni’s home where Roni will also be celebrating his birthday.

But that’s not all, each one of the awesome-foursome will also deliver 26 carefully selected challenges to each other as part of the relay all of them using the numbers 2 and 6. 

The challenges include everything from 26 star jumps and learning 26 facts to sending 26 letters or pictures between them to go to local care homes - in the hope of helping to raise spirits during these difficult times.

Following social distancing rules, the group will then each take their turn complete their challenges which will also include walking to the next house deliver the next set of challenges so on until each one of the group have completed their challenges.

The group is expected to cover just over 2.6 miles of walking in total.

“We are extremely proud of the boys. They are a close group of school friends with a shared love of Badgers.

They're full of energy and doing something as a team whilst complying with social distancing for a good cause is putting it to good use.

They are very excited to be doing something to make Jane and ‘Mrs Badger’ (their Badger Sett leaders) proud,” 

Kimberly Meringolo, Roni's mum

The challenge will be all the more poignant for the boys as Maxen, who has asthma, is currently shielding and is advised to stay at home.

“Maxen has been feeling poorly recently and hasn’t been up to socialising but now he’s feeling better this challenge is a fantastic way to ensure he’s included and can feel close to his friends again.

It’s important to all of us they’re all included and so Maxen and I are really grateful so much thought has gone into making sure he can still take part, even though he has to stay at home.

He’s really excited to get involved and to be a part of something again. Fundraising for a worthwhile cause is the icing on the cake for us,” 

Jamie, Maxen’s mum

While the boys won’t be able to see each other face-to-face it’s hoped they will once again be reunited through their windows as they see one another post their challenges.

The best friends have already raised £500 as part of their 2.6 Challenge but they hope to raise even more after they complete their challenge on Saturday.

If you would like to support Roni, Harri, Leo and Maxen you can do so by donating to their Just Giving page

Photo cap (left to right) - Leo, Maxen, Roni & Harri



Update: 6th May 2020

The awesome-foursome have now raised over £600 as part of their 2.6 Challenge but they hope to raise even more in the coming days.

 Harri baking cakes

Harri baking cakes


Harri social distancing with Leo

Harri social distancing with Leo

Leo posting letters to care homes

Leo posting letters to care homes

Maxen baking cakes

Maxen baking cakes

You can support Roni, Harri, Leo and Maxen by donating to their Just Giving page.

Published May 1st 2020

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