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Pretty Muddy Kids event launched in Cardiff to help beat cancer

A CARDIFF nurse who gives hope to patients taking part in cancer trials is urging youngsters to sign up to Cancer Research UK’s new Pretty Muddy Kids event in Cardiff.

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Kay Wilson, a lead research nurse at Velindre Hospital, was joined by her two children along with her niece and nephew to launch the event designed specifically for children.

Pretty Muddy Kids is an exciting obstacle course designed just for children – with added mud, thrills and spills.

From scramble nets and space hoppers to mud chutes and muddy pools, children will face a range of fun and muddy obstacles to crawl under, clamber over and charge through.

It will take place at Bute Park, Cardiff, on Saturday 8 September followed by the traditional 5K Pretty Muddy, which thousands of women will take part in.


By taking part in Pretty Muddy Kids, children in Cardiff can have fun with friends and help raise valuable funds to beat cancer sooner at the same time. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

Kay and her team of eight research nurses, some who are co-funded by Cancer Research UK, took part in the charity’s 5K Race for Life a few weeks ago.

The mother of two is passionate about supporting Cancer Research UK as she sees the direct benefit of research by caring for patients taking part in clinical trials.

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Kay, who has been a nurse for 18 years, said:

“There is no greater feeling than seeing a patient responding well to new treatment. For example, we are currently treating a 39-year-old woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016. She experienced a few failed treatments but started a phase 1 trial with us earlier this year and is responding well.

“Without the public’s support, we wouldn’t be able discover kinder and more effective treatments for the future.

“That’s why we are urging boys and girls across Cardiff to take part in Pretty Muddy Kids. Together, we can help beat this devastating disease.”

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before.

Kay said:

“My grandmother sadly lost her battle to bowel cancer at the age of 50 around 40 years ago. Thankfully, Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. It’s a great feeling to be part of that progress.”

Ruth Amies, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for Wales, said:

“We’re so grateful to Kay and her family for launching Cardiff’s Pretty Muddy Kids. The obstacle course promises plenty of fun, thrills and spills and we hope children will rally their friends, family and schoolmates to sign up and get messy for Cancer Research UK.

“Children can complete the Pretty Muddy Kids course at their own pace, climbing, jumping, walking and laughing their way around. Whether they’re bouncing on a space hopper or clambering under a cargo net, every muddy step they take will help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding vital research.

Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend around £4 million last year in Wales on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research – helping more men, women and children survive.

Ruth continued:

“Pretty Muddy Kids has all the excitement of our much loved Pretty Muddy events – but with an extra dose of muddy fun for the little ones. It’s time to get mucky for a good cause so we urge people across the city to sign up right now.”

The entry fee for Pretty Muddy Kids is £10.00. The event is open to boys and girls aged from 5 to 12 years old and there is a minimum height requirement of 1.2m. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult, who have free entry to the event.

To enter Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids today go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.