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For those of you who knew my mum, Betty, I am sure you would agree that I don't think you could have met a more jovial lady. Dispite of what life threw at her.
For those who didn't, She always had a smile on her face and was known for her terrific sense of humor and wonderful laugh. Incidentally, she and a group of friends got together one sunny day and decided to swim to Caldey Island. So this challenge is quite apt in memory of mum. To give you a bit of an idea of when that was, it was before TV was in colour! I will update this when I find out when!
Betty was born in Gwynne House, Bridge Street, Tenby. She was the daughter of Janet and Harry Truman, the Welsh rugby international player, who was the first Tenby player to be capped by Wales in 1934 and again in 1935, both games against England and was a member of one of Tenby’s oldest families.
Betty was the eldest child who would be joined eight years later by her brother Michael (Tatty) Truman.
Mum was a very active and sporty lady, no doubt helped by her father, and also her brother, Michael (Tatty) Truman, who also played rugby for Swansea, Cardiff and Llanelli. Scoring a hatrick of tries for Llanelli against Harlequins in 1972 and narrowly missed out on being on the bench for Lllanelli in the famous win over the All Blacks.
In 1986 her brother tragically drowned in a diving accident in the North Bay and as you could imagine, it was a terrible time for all our family. Its was also around that time Mum discovered that she was suffering from multiple sclerosis.
In a true testament to her happy, caring and unselfish personality, my mother, having to console my Grandmother with the loss of her son, never told her what she had been was diagnosed with.
It is for the Multiple Sclerosis Society that I would like to raise money, in the hope that it will go someway in helping to find a cure or more beneficial treatments for those who are diagnosed with this terrible illness. It can, and in my experience of the disease, cheat people of their independence and future. A future that would have enabled my mum to meet my son Evan, and daughter, Betsan.
If I can help in anyway that would enable more research into the disease, and therefore, help prevent someone else or another family suffer as my mum did, then that would be an amazing feat.
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