Ray Gravell and Friends Trustees Meeting

Donations totalling more than £25,000 have been awarded to six Carmarthenshire organisations by the Ray Gravell And Friends Charitable Trust.

Donations totalling more than £25,000 have been awarded to six Carmarthenshire organisations by the Ray Gravell And Friends Charitable Trust.

The Marie Curie Nursing Service has been given £5,000, Breakthro Llanelli and Breakthro Carmarthen have each been given £5,000, the Llanelli branch of Parkinson’s UK will receive £4,000, St John Cymru in Ammanford will receive £3,000, and the Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association in Llanelli, has been given £2,000.

The Towy Salmon Swimming Club for the Disabled based in Carmarthen Leisure Centre, which depends entirely on volunteers, will receive £2,000 towards the cost of running the club which caters for handicapped people of all ages.

“These latest donations bring the total amount of money the Ray Gravell And Friends Charitable Trust has donated to various charities, organisations, and individuals throughout West Wales to very nearly £200,000 in the last three and a half years. This is a truly amazing figure which is a remarkable tribute to Ray, “ said Chairman of Trustees Robert Williams.

“ We are delighted to have been able to award so many donations to so many important local projects, ranging from palliative nursing care such as the Marie Curie Cancer Care, to groups caring for special needs children, to sports and recreation projects, and voluntary organisations like St John Cymru. Each and every donation is richly deserved.

One of the primary objectives of the Trust when it was set up after Ray’s death almost four ago 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.

Ray will continue to be a great champion of West is Best through the work of the Trust, “ added Mr 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, on 01554 758171