Headshot photos ofAdrian Burke, Nigel Bowen, Tudor Davies, Michael Mainwaring, Dave Bingham, and Richard GriffithsLearning Disability Wales is delighted to have 26 runners fundraising for Gig Buddies Cymru at March’s Cardiff Half Marathon – including 6 runners from our project’s main funder, First Choice Housing. Starting today we are highlighting all our runners, including links to their fundraisers for anyone who wishes to support them. 

Gig Buddies Cymru pairs up adults with and without a learning disability who share the same interests so they can go to gigs and events together. It’s a very simple and effective way to tackle loneliness and isolation, while creating new friendships who can enjoy the arts, sport and new experiences together. 

We are looking for new volunteers in participants in Anglesey, Bridgend, Cardiff, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan, and Wrexham. Find out more and apply to be a Gig Buddy here. 

From now until the Cardiff Half on Sunday 27 March we will be highlighting the runners who are fundraising for Gig Buddies Cymru. We are starting today with First Choice Housing Association, who have funded Gig Buddies Cymru since we launched the project in Wales in 2018. 

First Choice have 6 runners taking on the Cardiff Half for Gig Buddies Cymru: Adrian Burke, Nigel Bowen, Tudor Davies, Michael Mainwaring, Dave Bingham, and Richard Griffiths. You can support their fundraising here. 

Nigel Bowen, Operational Housing Manager at First Choice said, “First Choice has been very proud to support and provide funding to Gig Buddies Cymru since 2018. The actions, aims and outcomes of Gig Buddies Cymru are directly linked to the values of the Association. First Choice has been a provider of housing for people with a learning disability for over 30 years. We feel passionately about promoting the rights of our tenants – and all people with a learning disability – to be able to enjoy all aspects of life.  

“First Choice agrees with the Disability Rights Commission`s stance that all people with a disability should have equal opportunities to participate and contribute as equal citizens in the social, economic, civic and community life of the country. We believe that Gig Buddies Cymru plays a key role in helping to achieve this for people with a learning disability.   

“Six members of the First Choice staff team are running the Cardiff Half this year to raise awareness of the great work that Gig Buddies Cymru does – and we welcome any donations to help motivate us further for what we are sure will be a great day. Training is going well but there is a lot of hard work still to be done. We can’t wait to join the rest of the runners representing Gig Buddies Cymru on 27th March.” 

Support our runners 

You can find out more about all our runners and donate to their LocalGiving fundraising page at the links below: 

First Choice Housing – Adrian, Nigel, Tudor, Michael, Dave, Richard, Mike 

Danielle Wood 

Daryl Watts 

James Simonson 

Iwan Good

Jane Watkinson 

Jimmy Watkins 

Jim Wilcox 

Laura Griffiths 

Lynne Davies 

Madison Shaddick 

Mark Twaits 

Michael Thomas 

Naomi Edge 

Rachel Somerville 

Richard Davies 

Rick Wilson 

Ruth Northway 

Sarah Hoss 

Sion Brook 

Sydney South