HYWEL Dda Health Charities’ appeal to raise the final £500,000 so construction can start on a new chemotherapy day unit for Bronglais Hospital in mid-Wales is off to a flying start – with over £65,000 raised in just 17 weeks!
With the help and support of people from across the three counties of Ceredigion, Gwynedd and Powys, the vision of a brand-new chemotherapy unit for local people can become a reality.
For the Bronglais Chemo Appeal, local communities have risen to the challenge, with a number of fundraising events already held and many more in the pipeline in the coming months
85-mile coastal walk challenge
Two of Bronglais Hospital’s most senior cancer nurses are teaming up for an 85-mile coastal walk to raise money for the Appeal and have set themselves a £2,000 target. Nurse Specialists Rhian Jones and Eirian Gravell plan to walk the coastal path between Llwyngwril and Cardigan in June – and they are inviting people to join them for the final stretch onto Aberystwyth promenade on the 25th!
Red Kite Challenge
The organisers of this year’s Red Kite Challenge off-road race, which takes place on 30th April, are donating the proceeds to the Bronglais Chemo Appeal. A total of 150 runners have already signed up for the annual event, which starts at Devil’s Bridge near Aberystwyth and features a half-marathon route, a 10k and junior races.
Aber Cycle Fest
Bronglais Chemo Appeal has been chosen as the official charity partner of this year’s popular Aber Cycle Fest, which takes place over the first weekend in June. With some of Britain’s top cyclists making a rare appearance in mid-Wales, the festival is a celebration of cycling, attracting top riders.
Afan Bike Ride
On 12th June staff at Afan Outdoor Leisure are planning an 18-mile bike ride to raise money for the Appeal – and they are inviting anyone else who wants to join in to get in touch. The ride is being organised by sales assistant Stuart Hickman and mechanic Jon Burr and they already have more than 15 staff members and relatives signed up.
Newmans Dog Show
The garden centre, Newmans in Aberystwyth, is staging a dog show on its grounds on 6th August. The show will be held under Kennel Club Rules and there will be pedigree and novelty classes, with prizes for best and reserve best, best puppy and best veteran.
Several successful fundraisers have already been held including:
The Silver Trail Half on 2nd April saw scores of adults and children take part, with a course which starts and finishes at the scenic Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth. All proceeds this year are going to the Appeal, thanks to organisers Karen Kemish and Ian Brandreth.
The Cardiff Half Marathon, held on 27th March, had four runners taking part to raise money for the Appeal.
The Aber 10k, held in December, raised £2,064 for the Appeal.
There have also been family events, including a 40-mile walk in 24 hours by teaching assistant Carys Jones and 20 of her family and friends to raise money for the #BronglaisChemoAppeal to say thanks for the treatment her mum is currently receiving at Bronglais Hospital.
There was a birthday fundraiser by upholsterer Gilly Thomas, which raised £715; a wild water dip by Emma Brooke and her family and friends which raised £1,229; raffles including one for a Christmas cake, and sales of Christmas trees!
Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, said:
“The support from across the three counties served by Bronglais Hospital has been so heart-warming to see and is a real recognition of how valued the chemotherapy day unit is.
“We are appealing for the public’s help to raise this final £500,000 and support us in any way they can.
“Together we can make a real difference to the lives of people from Ceredigion, Gwynedd and Powys receiving anti-cancer treatment.”
The development of a new unit will cost in the region of £2.2m, with a total of nearly £1.7m already confirmed for the scheme, largely thanks to the generosity of our local communities.
For further information on the appeal, please visit: www.hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk.