Running for Charity

Run for charity - make a difference and help others

This year we are offering a limited number of charity places in both our races. We have partnered with six leading charities, Bowel Cancer UK, the Stroke Association, the Afghan Sports Trust, Petals Charity, St David's Hospice and Size of Wales.

How much does a charity place cost?

Nothing - if you meet the minimum fundraising target of our selected charity partners.*

We are offering a limited number of charity places in both our races as below:

Ring O' Fire (135 miles / 3 day challenge) £100 refundable registration fee - returned in full to your bank account if you attempt/complete the race and raise at least £500 for our charity partner
Firelighter (35 miles / single stage race) refundable £50 registration fee - returned in full to your bank account if you attempt/complete the race and raise at least £250 for our charity partner

*Upon completion of the challenge the charity pays your entry fee from the funds you have raised.

Unlike many other events we don't charge the charity upfront and we discount the race fee to help support the charity and your fundraising efforts. This means the charity will never be out of pocket if you don't raise the money or walk away without completing the challenge.

Because of this we apply an initial registration fee to sign up to the challenge - this is fully refundable if you attempt the event and meet the minimum fundraising target. In the event that you decide not to run or fail to raise the funds, the registration fee is not returned to you.

Note our charity places are not transferrable to other runners or future races. If you decide not to race or fail to raise the money for any reason you will lose the registration fee.

When do I need to meet the fundraising target by?

When you sign-up you are committing to fundraise with a minimum pledge for your chosen charity. You need to raise at least 80% of your fundraising target by 1 July.

What happens after I sign-up?

Once you have signed up our charity partner will arrange to send you a fundraising pack. This will give you advice and support on how to go about your fundraising plans. You may wish to set up a fundraising page with Just Giving.

Our Charity Partners

You can find more information about our charity partners below. We would also encourage you to visit their websites to read more about their great work.

We are interested in supporting other charities, especially those undertaking charitable activities on the Isle of Anglesey. Please contact us if you are a registered charity and would like discuss fundraising opportunities with us.

Bowel Cancer UK

The Stroke Assocation

Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer, with about 16,000 people dying every year. It affects younger people as well as old - and both men and women. It is however very treatable - especially if diagnosed early. Bowel Cancer UK is determined to raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer and campaign to improve diagnosis, treatment and care. We are supporting this very important cause to help save lives across the UK.

A message from Bowel Cancer UK:
"In the maximum time it takes to complete the Ring O' Fire race, 89 people will have died from bowel cancer in the UK. Bowel cancer is the country's second biggest cancer killer, but it shouldn't be. Bowel cancer is very treatable especially if diagnosed at an early stage.

We are determined to save lives from bowel cancer but we can't do this without you. Join our team in either one of the Ring O' Fire or Firelighter events to support vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer. We want to stop people dying needlessly from bowel cancer and with your support we can."

The Stroke Association

The Stroke Assocation

The Stroke Association is the UK's leading stroke charity. But what is a stroke? It’s a brain attack, which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. It can change lives in an instant.

Stroke is sadly one of the biggest killers in Wales and a leading cause of disability, with around 8,000 strokes occurring each year. There are nearly 69,000 stroke survivors living in Wales.

A message from the Stroke Association:
We believe everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. And that with the power of research and treatment, more lives can be saved too. But we need you to help make this possible. Imagine losing your ability to communicate, by taking part in the Ring O Fire, your fundraising could help pay for a block of communication support workshops, empowering stroke survivors with aphasia to achieve the best possible level of communication. Your Firelighter fundraising could help fund one whole hour of our Helpline activity, supporting those affected by stroke - including families, carers and loved ones.

Thank you for choosing to make a difference by running for Stroke Association.

Petals Charity

Petals Charity

Petals is the Baby Loss Counselling Charity. We provide free-of-charge specialist counselling to support the mental health of women, men and couples who experience pregnancy or baby loss. Our counsellors provide a safe space to guide parents through the grief and trauma of their experience to a place of hope for the future.

Specialist psychological care related to pregnancy and baby loss is not available on the NHS even though stillbirth and neonatal death affects 12,400 parents each year and miscarriage is said to occur in 25% of all pregnancies. This year marks ten years since Petals began its incredible work and during that time, thousands of bereaved parents have been supported by our amazing counsellors.

It is our aim that every parent in the UK has easy and timely access to specialist counseling following pregnancy or baby loss. Your support means so much to us and enables us to be there for parents when they need us the most.

A message from a Petals beneficiary:
I don’t know how I could have survived this year without Petals, their help has been invaluable, and I now feel like I can begin to pick up the pieces of my life again.

Afghan Sports Trust

Afghan Sports Trust

The Afghan Sports Trust is a newly-established charity which raises money to help fund grassroots sporting organisations in Afghanistan.

We've seen first-hand the role that sport can play in bringing people together and building confidence and trust in a country where those things can be in short supply. Individually and together, our trustees* have a history of involvement with a number of amateur sports events and organisations in Afghanistan, and in 2020 we've turned that into a charity. By raising funds to help people in communities across Afghanistan, we believe we can continue to make a big difference to lives and opportunities in that very special country.

"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination." Nelson Mandela
Resources for sports clubs and events can be hard to obtain, and access to them isn’t always possible in an equal way. We aim to focus particularly on young people, and initiatives which are committed to providing opportunities regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity or language.

As a newly formed charity we need to build up a funding base before we are able to provide support, but we anticipate grants being decided on a quarterly basis from 2021. We would of course love your help in building that funding base.

*Ring O’ Fire Race Director, James Bingham (Bing) established the Afghan Sports Trust in 2020. Before this he helped set up the Marathon of Afghanistan and was Race Director from 2015 to 2019.

St David's Hospice

St David's Hospice

St David's Hospice is a local charity, caring for local people, delivering specialist care to adult patients with advanced illnesses or those in need of end-of-life care and their families.

Every year, this touches the lives of over 1,000 people within our local communities from across the counties of Anglesey, Conwy and Gwynedd.

We offer 24-hour care, 365 days a year providing a clinical service alongside emotional, physical and spiritual support. In our Day Therapy Centres, we provide patient care, bereavement, and counselling services, whilst our Inpatient Units in Llandudno and Holyhead offer symptom control, respite, and end of life care.

This year it will cost over £6 million to run St David's Hospice with just a small percentage of that figure coming from the Welsh Government and Local Health Board. The majority of this comes from community fundraising. None of these costs are passed to the patients, their families or carers, because St David's Hospice care is free to all.

A message from Events and Campaigns Manager, Rhian Jacobs:
The Ring O' Fire is an incredible challenge for any supporter to take on. The route will take you along the spectacular Anglesey coastline and within a stone's throw of the Anglesey Hospice which we proudly opened in 2021. The Satellite unit at Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley allows us to provide palliative care to the people who need us most in our local communities. This year alone it will cost over £400,000 to keep the unit open to our patients and their families. Take on this challenge for St David's Hospice and help us keep our doors open and continue to provide this crucial service.

Size of Wales

Size of Wales

Size of Wales is a unique charity that is making Wales part of the global solution to climate change. For decades, the “size of Wales” was used as a unit of measurement for the destruction of our most precious natural habitats. Since 2010, we have brought our nation together to turn this on its head.

Together, we work with Indigenous and local people worldwide to grow trees and protect at least 2 million hectares of tropical forests – an area the size of Wales. We educate and inspire people in Wales to recognise the critical role Indigenous communities play in protecting the climate, biodiversity, and livelihoods.

We campaign to drive policy change and are calling for Wales to become the world’s first Deforestation Free Nation.

Our vision is to help create a future where forest communities can thrive alongside healthy tropical forests—to make our nation part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

What do people say about us?

"Having said that it would never have been as enjoyable had your army of volunteers not been so energetic, friendly & motivating throughout the 3 days. I remember thinking they were like lemmings and just popped up when you desperately needed a lift. (except for the photographer who seemed to have a knack of catching you at your worst moment)"
Past Ring O' Fire finisher