A HAILSHAM couple are urging everyone to get romantic this Valentine’s Day and help a charity very special to them.

Chailey Heritage’s IT Manager Tyrone Da Silva met his partner Connie Baldwin, a former social care administrator, at the charity five years ago. 

Together with work colleagues,, the couple took part in a Wolf Run – a hardcore mud and trail run – to help raise funds.

Connie said, “We took part in the Wolf Run about two years after we first started seeing each other.

It was a great thing to do together and raise funds for Chailey Heritage.

We supported each other all the way round. It was a tough challenge and a good test of our relationship!” 

The challenge proved to be a good omen for Tyrone and Connie, now living in Hailsham.

Their son, Otis, was born in October 2020 and the couple got engaged at Christmas.

This year’s Chailey Valentine’s Challenge is a virtual run of 5 or 10k. Participants can take part as a pair or as a lonely heart. 

All the funds raised will go to supporting children and young people with complex physical disabilities at the charity’s base in Chailey.

Chailey Heritage’s Community & Events Fundraiser, Joy Dyson, said, “We know that the lockdown makes fundraising more challenging but we are hoping that our virtual Valentine’s run will provide a fun challenge during lockdown. Sharing the challenge and supporting each other on social media or in a support bubble will make the event extra special. And who knows – the Chailey Cupid may strike again!”

There are more details on the Chailey Valentine’s Challenge, including how to sign up and take part on the charity’s website Virtual Valentines Run (chf.org.uk)

Chailey Heritage Foundation is a charity providing education, care and transition services to children and young adults with complex physical disabilities. Their mission is to give disabled children and young adults every opportunity to pursue their fullest potential.