2016 Charity fundraisers.

These volunteers raise funds for charities close to their hearts.

Deborah Simons – Supporting Birmingham Dogs home and Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies

I work with Birmingham dogs home because I love dogs and have always had them. I knit dog blankets and have also completed the Birmingham half marathon and raised £800 for them, as well as achieving a great personal challenge as I have never run before and had a knee replacement.

I also joined a small charity called Cherished Gowns for angel babies, I saw an appeal on Facebook about needing people to knit hats and boots for miscarried or stillborn babies and as I am lucky enough to have 2 healthy children, I thought it would be the least I could do. This charity gives babies that have not made it into the world or not for very long, a beautiful gown, blanket, hat and booties for their funeral. It takes some of the pressure of the parents at the worse time they could imagine. The gowns are made from donated wedding dresses and we hand knit all the hats and boots. I have knitted over 200 sets of hats and boots this year so far.

I would encourage anyone to volunteer and give a little bit of their time as we don’t know how lucky we are to have healthy children.

David Miller – Supporter of City Voices Cardiff choir, The Cardiff Outdoor Group and the Royal National Orthopaedic Appeal

I enjoyed singing as a child in the school choir, and in 2009 after a gap of over 30 years I decided to take it up again. I went to listen to several choirs, and chose City Voices as I was impressed with the enthusiasm and enjoyment which came across in their performances.

The Cardiff Outdoor Group is a walking group which started over 70 years ago. I joined the group in 2007 as I was keen to pursue my interest in hill walking, meet new people and explore the beautiful countryside in South Wales and beyond. The group organises day walks every Sunday, weekends away to other areas of Great Britain and abroad.

At the end of 2015, my nephew Reuben, aged 21, had a serious accident and damaged his spine. After six weeks, and several operations at the Royal London hospital, he was transferred to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore in north west London. He received excellent treatment at the hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury Centre for six months, and with the help of the staff he has started to regain the use of his legs. The Centre provides specialist treatment that local hospitals cannot, and on one of my visits to see Reuben I found out that it urgently needs funds to expand in order to meet the demand for its services. I therefore decided to raise some funds for their appeal.

Wendy Evans – Supporter for the Barth Syndrome Trust

Barth Syndrome is a rare and complex illness where the females are the genetic carriers of the illness, and the males are always the sufferers. Although a new case has just been discovered where two toddler girls have been diagnosed. There is approx. 30 boys in the UK diagnosed and 250 cases world-wide.

Symptoms range from Heart failure/ heart problems, to muscle weakness and feeding problems through to a low white blood cell count (Neutropenia).

I went to the Bi-annual research conference in July this year, as my wife, sister in law and mother in law are carriers, and our two nephews are the only two confirmed cases in Wales.

Have committed to fund raise for the charity, completing 10km and ½ marathon on two consecutive days, in both April and September 2017 amongst other fund raising activities.

Paul Brinning – Supporter for the Velindre Hospital Cardiff

My mother recently passed away from secondary breast cancer at the age of 62. The help and support given by the hospital over the last two years to my mother and our family was exceptional. It is reassuring that even at times of unprecedented pressure on our health and social care systems my mother was able to receive such wonderful support and treatment. We all owe a lot to the staff at Velindre.

I organised and hosted a charity fundraising evening in a local bar in Cardiff. There was a quiz and a raffle with prizes including signed Joe Clazaghe boxing gloves, Gareth Bale signed Wales Shirt, Amazon Fire Tablet and Tickets for an Autumn Rugby International Match.

There is no denying the strength, support, love and care the nurses provide to their patients every day. Whether it is informed medical advice and assistance or simply a smile and a conversation, or oncology nurses working hard every day to help those fighting serious and sometimes terminal cancers.

Debbie Hart – Support for Alzheimer’s Society

My Dad passed away in 2010 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009. Having had personal experience of the devastating effect that Alzheimer’s has on both an individual and their family, I decided to fundraise for this amazing charity as I wanted to help make a difference.

I decided to do a 7k charity walk which was a great way to meet others that have been through or going through similar experiences to you.

A colleague of says “Having had personal experience of the devastating effect that Alzheimer’s has on both an individual and their family, Debbie has showed courage and a willingness to make a real difference and I can’t applaud her enough for this..”

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