A devoted son is set to embark on one of West Wales’ most gruelling challenges, in memory of his late mother and to raise funds for Skanda Vale Hospice.

Thomas Williams, from Carmarthen, will be taking part in the Wild West Ultra – A muscle-pounding 40-mile mixed terrain ultra-marathon run along a section of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

The race, which includes exclusive access to run through the MOD ranges, takes place on Saturday, June 17, around Castlemartin.

Teacher Thomas, who lost mum Peggy to breast cancer, is running the race with the goal of raising £500 for the Hospice.

“It has been over 20 years since my mum Peggy died of breast cancer,” said Thomas, aged 43, on his justgiving.com donations page, “and it would have been her 70th birthday this year on June 30.

“To commemorate her life and fight against cancer I will be competing in my first ultra marathon,

“I realise that times are difficult presently, but any donations, no matter how big or small would be gratefully appreciated by the hospice who provide a 24-hour care for up to a week per month for patients.

“Skanda Vale hospice provides full care and support to those with a life-limiting illness regardless of their beliefs or religion, completely free of charge.”

Thomas’ father Glyn is a volunteer complementary therapist at the Hospice, providing reflexology and reiki sessions for patients and families.

Thomas is hoping to raise £500 for the Hospice. If you would like to make a donation, please visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thomas-williams-skanda-vale