Local Couple find love after Charity Valentine Challenge

Signing up for a Chailey Challenge could bring you more than just a feelgood factor and a boost to the Charity’s funds.

Chailey Heritage Foundation has a knack of playing Cupid and bringing couples together!

Chailey Heritage’s IT Manager, Tyrone Da Silva, met his partner, Connie Baldwin, a former social care administrator at the Charity 5 years ago.

Wolf Run

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

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, who live in Hailsham. Their son, Otis, was born in October 2020 and the couple got engaged at Christmas. They’re hoping to take part in more – less strenuous – challenges in the future!

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 Sussex.

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