Last year the Astutis team raised over £1,000 for Kidney Wales at the Cardiff 10K: Front row (left to right) Paul Thomas, Managing Director Steve Terry, Adam Cooper, Mike Terry; Middle row (holding the banner) Mark Lewis, Colin Wood, Natalie Robinson, Sian Thomas, Helen Hodges, Simon Hodges; Back row: Tom Lea, James Ravenhill, Mike Jones, Diane Fisher, Bren Moore, Leanne Moore, Jo King, David Bryan, Nichola Bell

Staff from a health and safety firm who raised a life-saving amount of money for Kidney Wales during the Cardiff 10K last year are aiming to beat their total this September to help more Welsh children and adults suffering from kidney disease.

Astutis, based in Nantgarw, were crowned top online fundraisers at the 2013 event having collected £1,982 for race-organisers Kidney Wales, receiving sponsorship from their e-learning customers from six different continents.

For the third year in a row, staff at the company are entering four teams of runners into the corporate challenge and aim to have at least one of their teams of six in the top 10 for the first time. In 2013, they had 19 people from the company racing, and this year they are increasing that number to 24.

Steve Terry MD is urging organisations and individuals to join them in signing up to Kidney Wales’ Cardiff 10K and the 2K fun run this September to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

He said: “Health and safety is our business and so by taking part in events like the Cardiff 10K we are actively promoting health and fitness and hopefully practicing what we preach.

“As a relatively new company that was formed in 2011, we are really proud of our staff and also the fact that our customers are really getting behind us and we plan to keep supporting Kidney Wales in the Cardiff 10K.”

This year’s Cardiff 10K will take place on Sunday, September 7, from 10am and the 2K family run at 9.15am. Organised by Kidney Wales, the race is one of the top 10 road races in the UK, and sees top athletes running alongside celebrities and members of the public.

Last year’s Cardiff 10K saw almost 4,000 runners take part which raised a record sum for Kidney Wales, which is going directly into improving care for patients.