Successful sheep tales fundraiser

FUW’s Pembrokeshire branch kick-started the union’s fundraising efforts for its chosen charity British Heart Foundation Cymru with a roaringly successful event that raised £1,762.52. A funny and thought-provoking entertainment in words and song about shepherds and shepherding, drawn from newly-collected oral history interviews with sheep farming folk, was performed by story teller and songbird Sally Tonge and BBC Radio 4 producer Chris Eldon Lee on Friday November 13. Hosting the sheep tales event at Canolfan Hermon, Hermon, the county branch also held a small auction and a raffle which contributed greatly to the final figure raised. FUW Pembrokeshire county executive officer Rebecca Voyle, who organised the evening said: “We enjoyed a very successful evening and it is of course down the to the support of our members and those who have so very generously supported us in sponsorship that we were able to raise such a fantastic amount of money for our chosen charity. “Heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, claiming around 73,000 lives a year – that’s an average of 200 lives every day and we are glad that the money we raised will help to support future research projects into heart disease around the UK. “Nearly all of us have been affected by this disease either personally or through family and friends. With millions of adults and children having already benefitted from the tremendous work BHF Cymru do, it is important that their work continues to be supported for future generations. Rugby legend’s £30,000 testimonial A STRING of recent testimonial events for beef farmer and rugby legend John Davies from Boncath, Pembrokeshire, raised an outstanding £30,000 for charity. John, who played over 600 matches of first class rugby for Neath, Richmond and Llanelli/ Scarlets – and five seasons for Crymych RFC – gaining 34 Wales international caps, enjoyed a hugely successful testimonial in his home village of Crymych. One of the organising committee members was FUW facilities and general administration manager Peter Davies who said three events were organised on three successive evenings. The first event was a fashion show supported by 250 guests. The following night, a gala dinner attracted 450 supporters. Derek Bevan, referee at the 1991 Rugby World Cup final and the 1997 European cup final, and Rev Canon Dorrien Davies were the guest speakers. The MC being Eleri Sion of BBC Radio Wales. The final event was a celebrity OUTSTANDING TESTIMONIAL: Peter Davies (left) with John Davies and Linda Jones, RABI manager for Wales. rugby match when a Crymych XV played a John Davies Invitation XV featuring past British Lions and Wales internationals plus current international Scott Williams. Two hundred and fifty guests attended the pre-match lunch with a further 300 supporters turning up to watch the match. Cheques of £7,500 have been donated to Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Wales Arthritis Care, Crymych First Responder and the John Hartson charity “Grab Life by the Balls”. “The FUW Pembrokeshire branch would like to thank Geraint James, of Dai Lewis Auctioneers, who acted as the MC and auctioneer for the evening, and Emily Morley and her team from Hermon YFC for the excellent two-course supper they kindly prepared and served. “Further thanks go to the following local companies and individuals who generously provided sponsorship towards the cost of the evening and donated items for the auction: Ashmole & Co Accountants; Bocs Bwyd; Daioni; Elgan & Marion, Henfeddau Fawr; Garej Wyn; Ken Davies a’i Fab Butchers; Maes-y-Deri Turkeys; Mike Goodridge, Slade; Mr & Mrs Brian Thomas, Llwyncelyn Lan; Paul Monahan, Agri Lloyd Sheep Agent; Pembrokeshire FUW county executive committee members; Pembrokeshire Natural Rugs & Throws; Peter Lewis Agri & Equi Supplies; Priory Vets; Riverlea; Tallis Amos Group

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