Community News: Co-op Funeralcare raise over £2,000 for local hospital

21 September 2016

Co-op Funeralcare colleagues of South Wales have raised £2,000 for the local Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

Tyrone Griffiths of Tonypandy Funeralcare, and Chris Davies of Aberdare Funeralcare, organised two fundraising events recently, with all proceeds going to the special baby care unit at Prince Charles Hospital.

The first event was a “day at the races”, where people paid £5 per ticket to take part in an evening of virtual horse-racing. Co-op Funeralcare also paid for local live band, ‘Lost Freakuency’, to play on the day, held at Aberdare Rugby Club.

The second event was a family fun-day held in Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons. It included classic summer games such as the sack races, duck races along the river and crazy golf for 50p a turn, with face-painting for a £2 donation.

There was also a barbecue to cater for the 150 people that turned up in support of the Co-op team, with the food and drink (all donated by Co-op Funeralcare) going for £1 an item.

The Aberdare Rugby Club provided the tent and barbecue, while other local businesses got behind the activities by donating raffle prizes.

Tyrone Griffiths, Principal Funeral Director, commented:

“I’ve always enjoyed getting involved with community activities, and this is a cause that’s very close to my heart.

“In December of last year, my partner’s grandson was born prematurely, and thanks to the brilliant team at the Prince Charles baby unit, he is now nine months old and doing brilliantly, so we wanted to give something back to them.”

Anne Lewis, Neonatal Sister for the Special Baby Care Unit at Prince Charles Hospital, added:

“These funds will help us to provide the much-needed services and support for the babies that come into our care, and their families.

“We can’t believe how many people got involved with the charity days, and we’re truly grateful to all those that came along.”

Notes to Editors:

For further information please contact:

Caroline Canty: caroline.canty@co-operative.coop / 0161 767 6477
Emily Dalton: emily.dalton@co-operative.coop / 0161 767 4323

 

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