Organisers of the Red Kite Race have raised over £6,000 for the Chemotherapy Day Unit and Ystwyth Ward at Bronglais Hospital.

The Red Kite Race is an annual trail running and walking event, held in and around Devil's Bridge, in Aberystwyth.

It is known as one of the toughest and most challenging trail races in Wales.

Owain Schiavone, a member of the organising committee, said: “Fundraising went really well, although it was a challenging project. Organising any event is a challenge, and the Red Kite Challenge is a prestigious event in the sporting and athletics calendar, on top of being a fundraising event.

“On top of this, there are many costs associated with holding an event like this so we had to call in many favours and find corporate sponsors to cover these and ensure as much money as possible was reaching the charity.

“As a committee, we are all very proud of our achievements. Not only in terms of raising valuable funds, but also in terms of raising awareness of the good work being done by the NHS and the need for constant support from communities to help maintain the efforts.

“We would like to thank all the volunteers involved in marshalling the event, the landowners who allowed the race to pass through their land, our event sponsors, the media who gave us attention, the athletics associations and everyone who helped in any way, shape or form. Big thank you of course to all members of the committee who worked so hard on the project.”

Bridget Harpwood, Fundraising Officer, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Thank you to the Red Kite Race organisers for kindly supporting the Chemotherapy Day Unit and Ystwyth Ward at Bronglais Hospital and for raising such a fantastic amount.

“The support of our local communities enables us to provide services over and above what the NHS can provide in the three counties of Hywel Dda and we are extremely grateful for every donation we receive.”