Ray Gravell & Friends Trust 9 Years On
As the Trust enters its ninth year, the Trustees are proud to announce it is edging closer to raising ONE MILLION POUNDS for voluntary groups, charities, and individuals throughout West Wales that would have been close to Ray’s heart.
More than 350 organisations, charities, individuals, from local branches of national charities to special schools, have received donations from the Trust. These beneficiaries are far too numerous to mention individually but range from Diabetes Wales, British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Care, Stroke Association, to special schools such as Ysgol Heol Goffa and the Myrddin Special Needs and Autistic Unit in Carmarthen. Food Banks in Llanelli, Gorseinon, and Carmarthen have also been regularly supported, while other community projects such as the Carmarthenshire and District Talking Newspapers for the Blind, Guide Dogs, Cerebra, and Inshore Lifeboats have been supported.
One of the main beneficiaries of the Trust since its inception has been the Breast Care Unit at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital, which has received annual donations from the Trust amounting to more than £50,000.00
The centre of excellence is widely regarded as one of the top Breast Cancer Units in the UK, and treats patients from all over the Country.
On the sporting front beneficiaries from the Ray Gravell Sports Aid Fund have included the Welsh Disabled International Fly Fishing team as well as numerous sporting clubs, aspiring young athletes, Carmarthenshire Special Olympics, disabled golf, and an annual contribution to the Under 15 district schoolboys regions in Carmarthen, Llanelli, and Mynydd Mawr & Dinefwr.
Childrens organisations and charities have been at the forefront of donations as well, including the Happy Days childrens charity, which helps terminally ill and disabled children as well as young carers have respite breaks, and Dreams Come True, another charity which helps children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions to fulfil a dream.
Chairman of the Trustees, Mr Robert Williams MBE said:
“The Trust is extremely fortunate to have many dedicated patrons and fundraisers. But special mention must be made of the patrons, businesses and individuals throughout West Wales for their continued and generous long term support, they are the backbone of the Trust”
“ Just like the Scarlets reflect the heart and soul of Welsh rugby, I feel that the Ray Gravell & Friends Charitable Trust reflects the heart and soul of the West Wales community,”