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Rainbow Run: 'It's about celebration and raising a smile'

Ty Hafan is holding its first ever Rainbow Run on Coney Beach in Porthcawl today.

The event, which is the first of its kind in Wales, is based on the Indian Holi festival of colour, and is expected to raise more than £40,000 for the hospice.

The Rainbow Run is not a race, nor is it about speed or fitness; it's about celebration, having crazy fun with friends and raising a smile for Ty Hafan.

Ty Hafan is a magical place, full of fun laughter and not what you might imagine a hospice to be. We aim to make the very most of the precious time that our families have together. That's why we think the Rainbow Run is the perfect way to celebrate and support the work we do.

– Mair Jeffreys, Event organiser, Ty Hafan

Ty Hafan launches Wales' first 5K Rainbow Run

The charity Ty Hafan, which supports life-limited children and young people, is holding its first ever 'Rainbow Run' event today in Porthcawl.

Participants will be doused from head to toe in rainbow-coloured powder, as they take part in the 5K run on Coney Beach.

Crowds enjoying a similar event in Bristol. Credit: John Barwood Photography

The event, which is the first of its kind in Wales, is based on the Indian Holi festival of colour, and is expected to raise more than £40,000 for the hospice.

Runners will be covered in powdered paint every kilometre. Credit: John Barwood Photography

There are no winners, no official times, and only two rules: entrants must wear white at the start, and be plastered in colour every kilometre.

Ty Hafan celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

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Minister visits Aberystwyth to announce coastal funding

The Minister for Housing and Regeneration Carl Sargeant has visited Aberystwyth to announce funding which will help coastal areas prepare for the summer tourist season.

Carl Sargeant has visited Aberystwyth this morning Credit: ITV News Wales

Wales was hit by the wettest winter on record between December and February. The money will be spent on repairs to the Wales Coastal path.

More cash earmarked for coastal repairs

The Welsh Government has today announced a further £855,000 to make sure Wales is ready for the tourist season, following the damaging Winter storms in December and January.

Some of the money will be allocated to areas of the Wales Coast Path that were significantly affected by the bad weather.

Aberystwyth will also benefit from a £310,000 boost.

We want to support communities who were hit by the recent bad weather in whatever way we can. We have already announced over £10m for emergency flood repairs, to restore damaged coastal areas and to help affected businesses.

By providing this extra funding for the Wales Coast Path and the regeneration of Aberystwyth we can make sure that people keep coming to Wales to enjoy everything it has to offer.

– Jane Hutt, Finance Minister

Wales gets ready for tourist season after damaging Winter storms

Porthcawl was battered by winter storms earlier this year Credit: PA

Funding of £855,000 has been announced today to help make sure Wales is prepared for the tourist season, following the winter storms.

The Wales Coast Path, which welcomes nearly three million visitors every year, will receive £545,000, so that areas of the path that were damaged during the bad weather in December and January can be repaired in time for summer.

This funding will be available to the 17 local authorities that were the worst hit.

Aberystwyth, one of the areas hardest hit by the January storms, will also benefit from a £310,000 allocation to restore the promenade and get the area back to business.

The funding will be used to replace damaged lighting, railings and street furniture like benches, bins and flag poles.

The promenade sea wall will also be repaired and repointed.

Today's announcement takes the total funding to over £10 million to help coastal areas which suffered from the wettest winter on record.

See more: In pictures: the storm damage across Wales so far.

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Porthcawl Christmas swim attracts record numbers

Many swimmers took part in fancy dress Credit: Amie Lipley / Owen Richards

More swimmers than ever braved the cold at Porthcawl to take part in the annual Christmas morning swim.

Organisers say over 1000 bathers took the plunge and over 2,000 spectators were there to cheer them on.

Swim Chairman, Nicola Willis says, 'As a small committee we are delighted the way we have been supported once again this year. Our beneficiaries this year will be local charities and organisations."

Christmas day swim underway

last year more than 900 hundred swimmers took part Credit: ITV news

The 49th Christmas morning swim is underway in Porthcawl.

Between 800 and 900 swimmers, many in fancy dress, are being cheered on by thousands of spectators.

The events' Chairman, Nicola Willis, says , “this year the ‘Swim’ committee have chosen to donate all money collected at the swim and via swimmers sponsorship to local charities and organisations."

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