Union raises a huge £50,000 for children’s hospices

FUW immediate past president Emyr Jones formally presented two children’s hospices with £25,000 each during the Royal Welsh Show after the union’s two years of enthusiastic fund-raising across Wales was brought to a close. Mr Jones said: “I am proud to announce that we have raised £50,000 for the president’s charitable cause, which will be split equally between the two hospices – Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith – and there is still money coming in, which we will of course also donate to the causes. “Members of FUW staff and friends of the union have been relentless in their efforts to raise money for these two children’s hospices and have arranged some fantastic events. “They included a Wales Coast Path walk, Noson Lawen, copious breakfast functions, raffles, competitions including a Christmas card design competition for primary schoolchildren in Wales and a group of members tackled the three highest peaks in Wales within 24 hours to boost our fund-raising efforts. “Having visited the hospices myself, I cannot think of a more worthwhile cause to donate this money to and I wish the hospices all the very best of luck in the future.” Tŷ Hafan’s head of business and community fundraising Alison Stallard was delighted with the £25,000 donation to the Cardiffbased hospice. She said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the fantastic amount that the FUW has tirelessly raised for Tŷ Hafan. “This significant amount will make such a difference to children with short lives and their families from across Wales. “We need to raise around £10,000 each day to provide our services, both in the hospice and out in the community, so we can help life-limited children and their families make the most of the precious time they have left together. “We would like to say a massive thank you to the FUW for their unstinting support and are so pleased they were successful in once again reaching their ambitious fund-raising target.” Tŷ Gobaith’s fund-raising manager Sarah Kearsley-Wooller, who accepted the £25,000 on behalf of the Conwy-based hospice, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of all members of the FUW, their families and friends. “It is a tribute to the hard work and enthusiasm of so many that such a significant sum has been raised to support our two children’s hospices – Tŷ Gobaith in Conwy and Hope House in Oswestry. “With their kindness we can build memories and make the most of every moment, as well as provide counselling and bereavement in the community. Without your help we simply could not exist.

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