A MALE voice choir whose fundraising activities included a sponsored zip wire slide presented a cheque to their charity of the year this week.
Representatives of Bancyfelinbased Côr Bois Y Felin presented a cheque for £2,300 to Bethan Palfrey, the Parkinson’s UK Fund Raising Organiser for Wales.
The presentation took place at the Cottage Inn, Llandeilo where vice Chair Clive Bott, and Gordon Griffiths, President of Carmarthenshire Parkinson’s Society, along with other members of the Society from around Carmarthenshire, had met for a lunch.
Each year, the choir chooses a charity to support, then raises funds by sponsorship and by singing at various local events. This year, the majority of the money was collected by six members of the choir who had travelled to North Wales for a sponsored trip down the Velocity Zip wire in Bethesda.
The cheque was presented by Choir members Roderick Hancock, Emyr Vaughan, Clive Edwards and Bruce Wallace.
Ms Palfrey said that the donation was very welcome, because the Society survives totally on charitable donations. She confirmed that the funds would be used to help people locally with Parkinson’s disease.
The Côr also raised £765 by carol singing both in Bancyfelin and in the Carmarthen Branch of Tesco just before Christmas. This will be donated to NHS Glangwili, where it will also be used to help local people who suffer with Parkinson’s.
Côr Bois Y Felin has been going for about 8 years and performs at concerts, weddings and other social events. The choir sing in Welsh and English, and include modern songs and songs from musicals, as well as those from the traditional Welsh repertoire. The choir has sung with Katherine Jenkins in Cardiff and last year went on a short tour in Ireland. They have also produced a CD of their most popular songs.
The 25-plus members rehearse at Bancyfelin Village Hall on Monday evenings at 8.00pm. New members are always welcome.
Nearly £50,000 of National Lottery funding for community groups in Carmarthenshire
Tesco makes it even easier for shoppers in South Wales to help local food banks
TESCO is making it easier than ever for shoppers to give a helping hand to food banks and charities feeding people in their local community, with ready-prepared donation bags at local stores in South Wales this summer.
The Tesco Food Collection is taking place in every large Tesco store across the UK from Thursday, June 30 until Saturday, July 2, and shoppers are being urged to donate long-life food to support local food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network and thousands of frontline charities supplied by FareShare. Tesco will top up all food donations made during the collection with an extra 20% cash donation to support the two charities.
The pre-filled donation bags, available during the collection, will contain items that are most-needed by the local Trussell Trust foodbank or frontline charities supplied by FareShare.
Shoppers will be able to scan the contents at the till as part of their usual shop before dropping the bag into the food collection donation trolley.
It is one of a number of new ways that customers can give their support during this summer’s food collection. Shoppers can also for the first time round up their bill at the checkout to make a small donation to both the charities.
From this week it is also easier for customers who shop in Express stores to support the charities, with new permanent donation points being placed in every Tesco Express store in the UK for the first time, meaning shoppers will now be able to donate at Express stores year-round.
Shoppers can also donate their Tesco Clubcard points online to either of the charities.
Tesco Head of Community Claire de Silva said, “This collection marks ten years of us working with the Trussell Trust and FareShare. During that decade our customers have been amazingly generous, donating more than 100 million meals during our food collections and at permanent collection points in stores. This summer we wanted to make it even easier for customers to donate as we know that every can donated really does help.”
Donations are more important than ever as the charities have reported increasing need for food.
Sarah Germain, CEO at FareShare Cymru, said: “Our charities are telling us that the need for food has vastly increased as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, and over the last year we’ve continued to deliver four meals every second to people facing food insecurity across the UK.
“That’s why we would be immensely grateful to anyone who is able to donate a bag of pasta or tin of vegetables over the Tesco Food Collection weekend – your generous donations will help us continue providing vital support to families struggling to cope this summer.”
Emma Shepherd, Project Manager at the Trussell Trust Cardiff Foodbank, and Becky Morgan, Manager at the Trussell Trust Vale Foodbank, added: “Every year, we are amazed by the generosity of Tesco customers who donate to the Food Collection. We know that many families on the very lowest incomes have been forced to the doors of food banks to get by, as the nation faces a rapid rise in the cost of living and continues to recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic. So, once again, we are calling on shoppers to give generously and make a difference to people who need our support over the coming weeks and months.”
Hywel Dda Health Charities’ annual Pet Competition is back
HYWEL DDA HEALTH CHARITIES, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, has launched its 2022 Pet Competition.
The competition gives members of the public the opportunity to win prizes while also helping the charity to raise funds which make a positive difference to the lives of NHS patients, service users and staff in the Hywel Dda area.
Owners of fabulous felines, perfect pooches, gorgeous guinea pigs or beautiful budgies are invited to enter the annual competition.
Pet-owners can enter as many times as they like in the categories of Cutest Dog, Cutest Cat and Cutest Other Pet. Each photo entry costs £3.
It’s easy to take part, all participants need to do is send a photo of their pet to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the instructions in this link: https://hyweldda.enthuse.com/cf/pet-competition.
The competition is open to everyone in the Health Board area. Entries close on 30th June 2022. The final three in each category will be chosen by the Hywel Dda Health Charities team. The winners are then chosen by an online voting poll and will be announced in July.
There are 1st place prizes in each category donated by Wynnstay, Burns Pet Food and Vincent Davies Department Stores.
Diane Henry, fundraising support officer, said: “Each time people enter our Pet Competition with pictures of their fabulous pets, they are helping us to provide services and activities above and beyond what the NHS can provide.. Thank you for your continued support.”
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