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Neath businesswoman invited to Buckingham Palace for charity work

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

Neath mum Cerys Llewellyn-Bevan (pictured with son Sam) has been invited to Buckingham Palace in recognition of her charity work.

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A NEATH businesswoman has been invited to Buckingham Palace in recognition of her charity work.

Cerys Llewellyn-Bevan, aged 44, of Maes Llwynonn, Cadoxton, received a letter to attend the Queen's Garden Party after being nominated by the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Byron Lewis.

The mum-of-two has raised more than £10,000 for charities, including Ty Hafan Children's Hospital in Cardiff and the British Heart Foundation, after running multiple races over the last four years.

She has completed the Swansea 10k, Paris Marathon, the Virgin London Marathon, the Great North Run and the Mont Blanc half- marathon, despite never running a mile in her life before.

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She was prompted to raise money after her son Sam, was diagnosed at birth with a rare heart condition.

She said: "Seeing the work that is done by the charities really prompted me to do something and give something back," she said.

"I didn't realise how much I raised. I'm over the moon to be invited to Buckingham Palace. I really didn't expect it and feel honoured people have taken the time to nominate me and put me in their thoughts. I am looking forward to it."

She and her husband Colin Bevan will be attending the official garden party on Wednesday.

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