CHARITIES

Rachel Water's Remembrance Fund

The Rachel Waters Remembrance Fund for Wales Air Ambulance has been set up by Rachel’s parents Paul & Kim, brother Tom & boyfriend Gavin following the tragic loss of Rachel in a car accident in February 2009. Rachel was a beautiful, caring, vibrant and compassionate lady and we aim to carry out our fundraising events with those qualities in mind. Rachel’s spirit will motivate us in all we do to raise money for Wales Air Ambulance. 
For further information visit: www.rachelemilywaters.co.uk
   
RACHEL WATERS Rememberance Fund Supporting Local Charities would like to thank everyone at Loughor Workingmens Club for their continued help and hard work in supporting all our Fundraising Events.
We have received and continue to receive fantastic support in all that we do and to date we have raised Over £73,000 
    

An Evening With World Acclaimed Rugby Referee Derek Bevan, in aid of Buddies 18th June 2015

What a fantastic night had by all, special thanks to Mr Derek Bevan ” Absolutely Superb”. A very big thank you to Ian Murray for organizing the evening once again and Les Davies for all his help and support and everyone who helped out. A warm welcome to Chris, Angharad and Nathan Hughes Our fantastic compare Ryan Murray a brilliant job well done once again we couldn’t do it without you, many thanks to the Towers Hotel food and service was superb,thanks to the staff of the Pengry Club, thanks to Kenny Gee our entertainment for the evening . A very special thank you to Samantha and James Dowds and Colleagues from HSBC bank who once again supported us very kindly with pound for pound match it is very much appreciated,everyone who very kindly donated raffle prizes, But most of all everyone who came and supported a very worthy cause once again we thank you.

We raised a combined total £3840.00

An Evening With Rugby Legend Steve Fenwick, in aid of Alzheimer's Society 7th March 2014

What a fantastic night had by all, special thanks to Mr Steve Fenwick "Absolutely Superb". A very big thank you to Ian Murray for organising the evening once again and Les Davies for all his help and support and everyone who helped out. A warm welcome to Keith and Jayne Jeavons from the Alzheimer's Society, our fantastic compare Ryan Murray a brilliant job well done once again. Many thanks to the Towers Hotel food and service was superb, thanks to the staff of the Pengry Club and girls who supplied the drink service. Many thanks to Paul Dazeley our entertainment for the evening, you were brilliant. A very special thank you to Sam Wilde and Stephanie Cattroll from HSBC Bank who once again supported us very kindly with pound for pound match it is very much appreciated, everyone who kindly donated raffle prize. But most of all everyone who came and supported a very worthy cause once again thank you. 

Rachel's fund donated £500 

We raised a combined total of £2,642.32

 

Ty Olwen

 

The Duchess of Gloucester accepts a posy from four-year-old Ffion Evans, daughter of the Day Centre leader Joanne Evans. 

A Brief History of Ty Olwen

In 1977 Swansea GP Peter Griffiths asked the National Society of Cancer Relief for guidance and help to establish a hospice in the then County of West Glamorgan and gave talks on the concept of terminal care and the aims of such a hospice. As a result of this a Steering Committee was formed early in 1978 under the Chairmanship of ENT Surgeon Julian Bihari and as enthusiasm for the project grew this evolved in to the Fundraising (Appeal) Committee.

By May 1979 a decision had been made to launch a campaign in support of a scheme to build a hospice in the grounds of Morriston Hospital and to raise a sum of £200,000, being half the estimated £400,000 total cost of building such a unit, with the other half being met by the National Society for Cancer Relief.

The Appeal Committee under the Presidency of Col. J. Vaughan Williams and the Chairmanship of Mrs J.T. Morgan sought to raise funds by any means including a “Buy a Brick” approach, with the Chairman taking her turn in sitting outside St. Mary’s church, Swansea, and organising concerts and many other events. They received enormous support from national and local businesses, organisations big and small throughout West Glamorgan who arranged fund raising events and individual donors.

By April 1980 the Western Mail reported that “Wales’s biggest fund raising drive – for the Principality’s first cancer care unit – has hit its target of £250,000” and the Appeal Chairman cut the first turf in the grounds of Morriston Hospital to mark the site of the £500,000 building programme for the unit to be called Ty Olwen (House of Olwen) after Mrs J.T.Morgan.

By December of that year advertisements had appeared for a Medical Director and a Nursing Officer to work at Ty Olwen and in April 1981 Dr. Peter Griffiths and Sister Gwendoline Cousins took up their posts working out of an office on St. Helens Rd, commissioning, furnishing and equipping Ty Olwen, and forging links with family doctors.

The Ty Olwen trust was formed in April 1981 with the balance of funds raised for the appeal when it was realised that continued financial support would be needed to ensure Ty Olwen would continue to be equipped to the highest possible standards.

In September the building was handed over by Mrs Morgan to the Chairman of the West Glamorgan Health Authority and with the staff appointed and inducted Ty Olwen opened its doors to the first patients on the 1st October 1981. The Unit was officially opened by HRH Duchess of Kent in May 1982.

In 1989 it became clear that the service being provided by Ty Olwen had outgrown the space at the Unit and a public appeal was launched to build an extension to house a purpose built Day Centre and kitchen, Chapel, Physiotherapy room, Therapy areas, Library, lecture rooms and a larger office for the Home Care teams. The target was £750,000 and this was raised in just under 2 years with the new extension being officially open by HRH Duchess of Kent in 1991.

In 2005 it became evident that the ward area at Ty Olwen was starting to show its age and a major refurbishment programme was planned. We were fortunate to secure £750,000 from Lottery funding with the Ty Olwen Trust contributing the remaining £150,000. The Unit was redecorated and brought up to date with new beds and furniture as well as receiving the necessary attention to comply with Health and Safety and Infection Control.

The inpatient unit refurbishment programme within Ty Olwen was completed, and formally opened by the Duchess of Gloucester in June 2007. The patients now enjoy en-suite facilities, together with a new purpose built day room for them to use. 

For further information visit: www.tyolwen.org

Live Music With Rocket Joe Joe in aid of Ty Olwen, Sunday 30th August 2015 and boy did we party!

Our Club made a promise to Ty Olwen's President Margaret Bartlett in 2011 to continue supporting their work. True to our word another fantastic effort was made by the Committee and Club Members. Rocket Joe Joe & The Old Time Bangers, an amazing live band took us back to the 50's and 60's, as we partied until the early hours. Thank you to Band Members: Jess, Dan, Jason & Matt you were brilliant! The Auction was fast and furious with Members bidding for a signed and authorised Scarlett's Rugby Shirt. Culminating in the last Two Men or should I say Two Women standing, and secured by a very generous Club Member who bid a whopping £110. Another one of our Members kindly donated £50 and many Members bought tickets for a very impressive Raffle.

Margaret Bartlett was unable to attend due to ill health and sent her apologies, she was greatly missed and Club Members wish her a speedy recovery. In Margaret's absence Ty Olwen's Chairwoman Helen Murray gave a witty and in-part poignant speech. Whilst thanking the Club for their continued support; Helen reminded us that Ty Olwen was about a team of dedicated staff and volunteers, but above all was about the Residents. It was about ensuring the best palliative care at all times, with an emphasis on the person's dignity and making things fun.

A massive thank you to everyone who came and supported this very worthy cause with what proved to be another Fun-Filled Charity Night at The Pengry.

We raised a total of £700

Brilliant Live Band: Rocket Joe Joe & The Old Time Bangers.

Band Members Jess, Dan, Jason & Matt.

Pengry Club Chairman Iain Murray & Club Secretary Les Davies Present The Cheque To Ty Olwen's Chairwoman Helen Murray.

Fundraising Night In Aid Of Ty Olwen On Friday 24th August 2012.

A Promise was made by Loughor & District Workingmen’s Club to our President Margaret Bartlett on August Bank Holiday 2011 to continue supporting the work of Ty Olwen and true to their word another fantastic effort has been made by them. They handed over a large cheque at their fundraising night on 24th August 2012 to Chairman Helen Murray (unfortunately Margaret was unable to attend) which will be matched by Barclays Bank. Chairman of the club Iain Murray thanked everybody who had supported the event and helped raise the money. A cheque was presented by Secretary Les Davies.

Pengry Club Chairman Iain Murray & Club Secretary Les Davies Presenting The Cheque To Ty Olwen's Chairwoman Helen Murray. 

Hands For Alan Appeal

Alan lost his hands when he was 3 years old due to an infection he picked up while in hospital. Alan was born with a complex heart defect and underwent major open heart surgery. After surgery he caught an infection and his little heart had to work so hard to pump blood to his brain and lungs to keep him alive. However, Alan's heart was not strong enough to pump blood to his hands. Despite the Doctors' best efforts, Alan lost all circulation to his hands and they could not save Alan's fingers. In fact we are lucky to have Alan with us today as his parents were told 3 times that night he would not make it. Alan is now a happy, healthy 9 year old. A Little Fighter, whose dream is to be like other children his age. To be independent, dress himself, ride a bike with his friends and we all know with new Bionic Hands he will be able to do these things and more. Help us help Alan to grow older with more confidence than ever before; going from strength to strength to achieve his goals in life.

For further information contact Les Davies on: thepengry@gmail.com Alternately visit: www.Facebook.com/handsforalan