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Cardiff to host Wellness Walk for the first time on Sunday 16th June

The image shows two people wearing blue t-shirts. There is text that reads 'Wellness Walk Cardiff'.

The Wellness Walk will be an eight-mile circuit around some of the city’s best known and best loved sights to get active together and promote wellbeing while raising vital funds for us.

Registration for the Cardiff Wellness Walk is now open, with discounts available, and participants can look forward to receiving an event t-shirt and a finisher’s medal, as well as being part of a friendly and supportive community before, during and after the event.

Rachel Burr, our Head of Diabetes UK Cyrmu, said:

"We’re so thrilled to bring the brilliant buzz of a Diabetes UK Wellness Walk to Cardiff and we’re really looking forward to welcoming so many supporters on this new adventure."

Our walkers will be able to take in Cardiff’s rich culture, history and incredible landmarks on this accessible, flat route around the capital city. Starting and finishing at Pontcanna fields, walkers will take in the Norwegian Church, Wales Millennium Centre, Principality Stadium and Taff Trail among other attractions on the line up.”

Previous Wellness Walks have been held in London, Birmingham and Glasgow, and now the first Wellness Walk in Wales is on the starting line.

Rachel continued:

“The walk is taking place this year on Father’s Day and we’re encouraging supporters to get together with their dads on this special day to take on this challenge together.”

Lee Morgan, a Diabetes UK Cymru supporter and volunteer from Tonypandy will be taking on the challenge with son Devon.

Lee said:

“I’ve lived with type 1 diabetes all my life and currently support my parents who are both living with type 1 themselves. It’s a constant battle and we’re always looking for new ways to keep well and raise money for Diabetes UK Cymru."

“I’m planning a walk around Wales for the charity in a couple of years’ time which will be no mean feat so doing the new Wellness Walk Cardiff is going to be a great warm up for me.”

One Cardiff supporter, Rob Lee from Cardiff, is also supporting the walk. He said:

"Time spent walking is such a great way to keep healthy, with my dog, Sonny, we both have a good time. It would be great to see as many people come along to the event as possible so Diabetes UK can continue the great work it does in supporting people living with diabetes.”

Rob is an avid trumpet player, and his band will be serenading walkers through the halfway line at the Waterguard Pub in Cardiff Bay.

Of course, if anyone would like to be part of the day but don’t think the walk is for them, then there are volunteer roles available, and you can register your interest in being either a general event volunteer or a route marshal. To sign up as either a walker or volunteer just visit the Cardiff Wellness Walk page.

The participation fees are £10 for adults, £5 for 12-17-year-olds and free for 11-year-olds and younger, with a maximum of three under 18s per adult. Fundraising is not mandatory, but if walkers can raise money through collecting sponsors, it will help fund vital research into creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

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