July Press Release

The Ray Gravell And Friends Charitable Trust has handed out a further £20,000 in donations to worthy causes and charities in West Wales.

The Movement Centre, a charity which offers an innovative and unique form of physiotherapy to children with celebral palsy and other movement control problems, has been given £4,850.

The donation will help provide a child with cerebral palsy from West Wales to receive a nine month course of the internationally recognised therapy, which the Movement Centre say can be life changing for a child and mean they can do simple things which people take for granted.

The Listening Books charity which provides an audiobook service to anyone with illness or disability which make it difficult for them to read in the usual way, has been given £3,000.

The Swansea Hard of Hearing Group has received a donation of £1,500 to purchase a portable loop system for members to use during meetings.

Cancer Information and Support services has received £1,350 from the Trust. The service, which provides support to people with cancer, has set up a Carmarthenshire Project which aims to expand the service into the rural areas of the county and to provide a Welsh speaking service.

The Family Holiday Association, which supports disadvantaged families by providing holidays was given £1,322, which will give two families from West Wales who live in poverty with a much needed break.

A donation of £2,000 has been made to the Children’s Safety Education Foundation, a charity that raises awareness of child safety and to provide education programme that will change the behaviour of children as part of its community safety programmes.

Cerebra, a charity which provides support to children with brain related conditions has received £1,000, and the National Deaf Childrens Society has received £500 towards the cost of a Family Officer working with families in West wales.

On the sporting front, the Welsh Disabled International Fly Fishing team was given £1,000 towards the cost of competing in an international event in Scotland, and the Llanelli Warriors  “challenge” rugby team was awarded £1,000 towards the cost of providing new equipment.

Special Olympics athlete Elizabeth Allen, who is a pupil at Heol Goffa School in Llanelli, has been selected to represent Great Britain at next year’s Special Olympics Winter Games in South Korea.

Elizabeth, who is autistic and has severe learning difficulties, is a Welsh international skier who has risen to the peak of her sport. The Trust has donated £2,000 towards the cost of sending  GB team to the Olympics.

Coleg Sir Gar students competing in America later this month were awarded £1,00 towards the cost of providing kit for the 82 students who are travelling to America to compete in rugby, football, netball, and ladies football tournaments.

“Once again it is a remarkable achievement that the Trust can help so many diverse charities and causes across West Wales. To be able to help charities which can change the lives of children, and people with life changing illnesses, and then help young athletes like Elizabeth Allen go to the Winter Olympic Games next year, is a wonderful testament to the Trust, “ said chairman Mr Robert Williams.

Anyone wishing to know more about the Trust, or details on how to make an application for a donation, is asked to consult the Trust website at www.gravaffrindiau.co.uk, or telephone the Trust office at The Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, on 01554 758171.