The Ray Gravell & Friends Charitable Trust was set up in October 2007 following the tragic death of and one of Wales ’ most loved and colourful personalities.
The first seeds of the Trust, were originally sewn by Ray himself and two fellow Scarlets, Wales, and British Lions rugby legends Derek Quinnell and Phil Bennett OBE.
Ray, Derek, and Phil had already decided to establish a ‘Three Lions Charitable Trust’ to help support important causes, charities, and individuals throughout West Wales.
But following Ray’s death on 31 October 2007, it took on a new perspective and the Charity was established to not only raise money for those in need, but at the same time perpetuating the memory of a true legend and friend.
Mari Gravell, Albert Francis MBE, Derek Quinnell, and Phil Bennett OBE, agreed to be Honorary Patrons and together with a few other friends, under the initial Chairmanship of Derek Quinnell the Trust was established.
Mari Gravell – Derek Quinnell – Philip Bennett OBE
Robert Williams MBE (Chairman)
Mari Gravell – Adrian Howells – Spencer Davies OBE – Roger Evans MBE
Brian Jones MBE – Eurig Williams – Kevin Davies
Key to the success and function of the Trust has been its Patrons, who have provided the core basis for the Charity’s financial stability.
To date, more than £600,000 has been distributed by the Trust to numerous charities, both local and national, and further donations to worthy causes will be made throughout the year. Charities which have already benefited include Diabetes Wales, Llanelli Breast Care Unit, The Paul Sartori Foundation in Pembrokeshire, Maggies Cancer Care unit in Swansea, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Llanelli Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, The Stroke Association, Help For Heroes, Macmillan Cancer Support, Parkinsons, British Heart Foundation, and many more.
Chairman of Trustees Robert Williams MBE said the staggering amount of money raised and donated is a remarkable tribute to Ray.
“One of the primary objectives of the Trust when it was set up was to help voluntary groups and individuals whose aims are to improve the communities they live in, and to help less fortunate people within those communities. It is heartening to know that the Trust has been able to make substantial donations year on year. Through the work of the Trust and its hard working Organising Committee Ray Gravell will continue to be a champion of West Is best, “ added Mr Williams.
The Trust seeks to work with selected nominated charities each year, and in addition, it will support additional projects and good causes from organisations or individuals who apply to the Trust for funding.
These applications will be carefully considered by the Trustees throughout the course of the year.
For full details of how to apply, go to the contact page and write to the Ray Gravell & Friends Charitable Trust.