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Cause for Drama

A newly formed entertainment group Cause for Drama recently

staged their own take at Letterston Memorial Hall of

pantomime favourite Cinderella to help raise funds for

the Cancer Day Unit at Withybush Hospital.

The group came up with the idea in support of Non Harries, a

well known musical director in North Pembrokeshire who has

been receiving treatment at the Unit.

Tristan Mansell, from the group explained “Non is at

the heart of our music community so we wanted to do

something positive for her and for others who attend the

Unit".

 

It was so successful that they

plan to repeat the pantomime

again with two further shows on April 6th at Letterston Memorial hall for those who could not get tickets. 

(Search for Cause for Drama facebook page for further details).

An incredible £3,400 was raised as a result of their efforts. A massive thank you from all at the charity and from the CDU nursing team

The Group meeting the nursing team to present their cheque.

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Supporting Others

Our grateful thanks to Pam Pile for nominating our charity as her charity of the year in 2023.

 

Both Pam and Alex were the club captains at Haverfordwest Golf Club throughout this period  organizing various fundraising  events which the club members supported on each occasion, raising a total of

 

£3,002.65.

Bernie George (Charity Trustee) recently joined the club members at their AGM to update them on the work of the charity and he was presented with cheques from both the Ladies and Mens teams.

Our thanks to all members for their very generous support

Club Captains Pam Pile, Bernie George (Trustee) and Alex Pile

Our High Flyer!

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Fundraiser Siobhan Lewis (pictured left) and her sister Amy met up with some of the nursing team this week who looked after their mum Julie Lewis who sadly passed away recently.

Whilst it was an emotional visit for them both, Siobhan was delighted to hand over a cheque for £3,000 thanks to the support she had received for her recent charity skydive.

An amazing young woman, we are sure her mum would be so proud of her for this achievement.

Thanks again Siobhan.

Queen of the Coffee Morning Fundraisers

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Our thanks once again to Raydene Waters, her daughter Pauline and daughter-in- law Louise for the incredible work they put into delivering yet another highly successful coffee morning held recently in Kilgetty on our behalf. The ladies raised  no less than £1,300 in only two and a half hours!

So popular are these events that more than 70 people attended and supported us by buying raffle tickets. Over 45 high quality prizes were raffled which the ladies had canvassed from friends and local businesses in support of the Cancer Day Unit.

The event was also supported by family members and friends who manned the stalls  and provided the refreshments.

Our thanks to everyone involved and those individuals and businesses who supported Raydene in making the event so successful.

 

You are all stars!

Thank You Maenclochog !

We were delighted to meet up with some of the members of two Maenclochog ladies choirs - namely- Criw Harmo-Ni and Clwb Gwawr Rhocesi Bro Waldo outside Withybush.

 

The nursing team had the opportunity to thank them for their donation of £470 which was raised with the support of the local community over the Christmas period 2022.

Thank you all for your wonderful support

Thank you
Tim and Jemma Ramsey

These two rockers were behind the "Rocktober" evening held at Hook Sports and Social Club recently which raised  a wonderful £600 for our charity.

As expected it was very well supported and enjoyed by everyone there. You certainly know how to party!

Thanks so much for your support.

A Second Major Donation

Once again we are moved to learn that the members and supporters of Pembroke Dock Cricket Club have made a major donation of £3,500 to our charity raised at their annual charity event to support local people.

Last year Nick Daley and Katie Griffiths from the club called to the Unit with a cheque for no less than £2,500 and are pictured below.

From the PHODU team and all at our charity
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Sky Diving to Support Others

After a couple of disappointments caused by bad weather, plucky SIOBHAN LEWIS was finally able to launch herself out of a plane at 15,000 feet over the bank holiday to fund raise for the Unit!

As a thank you for the support given to her mum during her treatment she came up with this wild idea to raise donations which has certainly achieved its goal with £3,000 raised for our charity.

Read Siobhan's story by clicking on the link below

Ready to Fly !

On behalf of the charity and the clinicians at the Cancer Day Unit we salute your bravery  and your determination to  make this happen to help others.

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Congratulations!

Alun Does It Again !

Once again the Pembrokeshire agricultural community has come together in support Alun Thomas' fundraiser for the CDU.

Alun organised his third Vintage Tractor Run recently, supported by his daughter Enfys, which attracted more than 50 entries.

Fundraising before and during the event raised a wonderful £1,300 which brings the total Alun has raised for the CDU to £3,925.

Diolch yn fawr iawn Alun and Enfys

Enfys and Alun are pictured holding our big cheque

North Pembs Provincial Lodge RAOB

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Following an invitation to collect a donation to our charity from the RAOB I went along this week to meet Gareth Chard and other members of the North Pembs Lodge only to be presented with an amazing cheque for £3039.55

Gareth, his wife Teresa and others have been active in thinking up some innovative ways to raise funds for us which has resulted in this wonderful donation.

We'll ensure that the funds make a difference for staff and their patients.

 

Thank you so much RAOB!

Thank you to the Allen Family

The Allen family members visited the Unit this week to meet the nursing team who had cared for the late Gareth Allen who passed away earlier this year.

A popular surfer in the county, the response to a "Go Fund Me"  page set up by Gareth's son Jake was amazing, with so many people who knew Gareth wanting to support the CDU.

resulting in an incredible donation of £7,090 !

The nursing team welcomed the family and offered their own thanks for such an amazing amount raised.

Our best wishes to all involved.

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Gwenda Mason

What a delight it was to meet with Gwenda Mason and her husband from Narberth recently.

Gwenda (aged 80) is a fundraisng firebrand!

She has supported many local and national charities over the years and this week she donated an incredible £700 to our charity raised from birthday donations in lieu of presents, the sale of plants and by opening their lovely garden to the public.

What a trouper!

The nursing team turned out in numbers to say a big thank you to Gwenda.

Thank you Letterston!

The PHODU nursing team at Withybush recently had the opportunity to meet up with Sue Thomas and Jill Gwilt who run the Friday Venue, Letterston Community Cafe.

These lovely ladies give of their time to run the cafe with £1,000 raised from cash donations made by residents who attend the cafe each Friday.

Thank you for what you do and for supporting our charity.

 

What a generous community!

 

Sue and Jill pictured above  with members of the nursing team

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Remembering Margaret

Members of Margaret Sanders family called to the Unit recently to present a cheque for £825 in her memory after passing away very suddenly.

Margaret is pictured in a posting below when she came along to the Unit recently with a donation in memory of her husband Ted.

Sadly this lovely lady is no longer with us but her family were keen to honour her commitment to the Unit with a donation in lieu of flowers at her funeral.

Our thanks to Sadie Rochester (pictured far left)         for coordinating the donations received

Thank You Ladies

Members of the Hayscastle W I were invited to meet the nursing team recently having raised £255 by hosting the Pembrokeshire W I carol service in December 2022.

Our grateful thanks to all those who contributed and especially those who organised the event.  Diolch!

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Margaret is pictured above on the right of the cheque.

In Memory of Ted

Lovely Margaret Sanders came along with her daughter to present a cheque for £800 to the CDU nursing team. Her husband Ted had received amazing care during his visits to the Unit prior to his passing in October 2022.

Mourners at his funeral were asked to donate to our charity in place of flowers, with the result that the family raised £800 in his memory.

Margaret thanked the team on behalf of her family and hoped that the donation would go some way to supporting others in need of their services.

A special thank you Sadie (grand daughter) for coordinating the collection of funds.

Kelly's Bathing Belles

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It was a pleasure to arrange for these happy ladies to attend the CDU to present their donation of £723 after their inspiring Boxing Day Swim challenge in aid of the Unit.

The Johnston Slimming World members hit upon the idea as a way of generating funds, so group leader Kelly Walters set up a fundraising page which generated massive public support.

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold waters at Broad Haven.

 

You survived!!

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Mission Accomplished

Raydene Waters (centre of photo) from Begelly has been actively fundraising  in support of PHODU over a number of years.

She decided that she would continue in the hope of reaching her goal of £10,000. This was achieved at the end of 2022 when she held another highly successful coffee morning bringing her total raised to £10,076

with great support from her daughter Pauline and her daughter-in law Louise.

All three popped into the CDU recently to meet the nursing team where they were warmly thanked for all they have done.

You are truly special ladies and our grateful thanks from our charity trustees. Fantastic!

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Supporting Others

Our thanks to everyone who supported this years charity cricket match hosted by Pembroke Dock Cricket Club. We were delighted to receive a cheque for £2,500 from the organizers.

Thank you so much on behalf of the charity trustees and the clinical team at the CDU. 

Nick Daley and Katie Griffiths joined the nursing team at the Unit to present their generous cheque for £2,500. They are pictured with members of the PHODU nursing team and Bernie George (trustee) from our charity. Thank you guys!

Remembering Anthony Wilson

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Helen is pictured (far right)

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Anthony always wanted to show his appreciation for the wonderful treatment he received from the PHODU team.

To honour this wish, his wife Helen Wilson arranged a memorial classic car run in May 2022 which attracted over 50 entrants. Thanks to the wonderful support from other car enthusiasts and family members  Helen has been able to donate £725 to the nurses.

 

(a similar amount was also donated to the Paul Sartori Foundation)

Our grateful thanks Helen.

The Late Anthony Wilson
Classic Car Enthusiast and Keen Fisherman

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Special thanks go to Bernice Jones and her daughter for arranging a highly successful cake stall and coffee morning at Tegryn Village Hall which raised a wonderful £1,125 for the CDU which was donated recently to our Appeal.

 

Our thanks to everyone involved and for the the amazing support from the local community.

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A big Shout Out to Alan and Glynis Taylor and everyone from the Haverfordwest Services Club, Quay Street for their wonderful donations over time which now totals £1,960

Thank you all for supporting our charity.

Remembering Gerald

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Jenny Hicks from Cresselly called to Withybush Hospital  recently to present Sister Jenny James with a cheque for £1,368.

This amazing donation resulted from a local fund raiser supported by many friends from the Cresselly and Carew area and from donations in lieu of flowers in memory of Gerald after losing his battle with cancer.

We would like to thank Jenny,her family and the Cresselly community for supporting this wonderful gesture.

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Pictured L-R  Sisters Tracey Thomas, Holly Golden, Enfys Thomas, Alun Thomas and our charity chairperson Margaret Bond

Vintage Tractor Run Raises £1,125 

Vintage tractor enthusiast Alun Thomas and his daughter Enfys are pictured with nurses from the Cancer Day Unit, where he presented a cheque for £1,125 after another highly successful tractor run which attracted no less then 54 other enthusiasts.

Our thanks go to all involved

including: Enfys,Margaret,Beth,Andrew,

Bethan and Garem for their support on the day.

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In Memory of Gary

We are grateful to the family and friends who donated to our charity in memory of Gary Pridmore from LLandissilio.

Haulwen Pridmore and her son Ben visited Withybush Hospital to meet PHODU staff and to present a cheque for an amazing £1,150 !

Our thanks to everyone involved in supporting this wonderful donation.

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L-R Ben Pridmore, Haulwen Pridmore, Margaret Bond (Charity), Sister Jenny                                 James and Annie Ritchie (PHODU Team)

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It's Mounting Up!

Raydene Waters (age 86) from Begelly is continuing her efforts to meet her target of £10,000 in support of the PHODU at Withybush Hospital. She recently donated  another £100 collected from Begelly and Kilgetty shoppers which takes her total to £9,088. Not long now!

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Our thanks to Judith Scale from Valley Farm , Narberth for arranging a bucket collection in aid of the CDU at a recent agricultural sales day at the farm.

 

Her initiative has raised a marvellous donation to our charity of no less than £220. A big thank you Judith.

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The Gift of Giving

Local vintage tractor owner Alun Thomas from Ambleston and his daughter Enfys organised  a 22 mile tractor run recently in North Pembrokeshire where he was joined by no less than 33 other enthusiasts.

The run, which raised £400, was arranged to help raise funds for the Cancer Day Unit as Alun had received the support of the Day Unit team some years ago.

Pictured above (L-R) Holly Golden, Shelley Price, Leann Davies, Alun Thomas, Enfys Thomas and Margaret Bond (charity chairperson)

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£5,700 Raised!

These intrepid ladies (who cycle) have decided to give something back to the wonderful nursing team who care for patients at the Withybush Hospital Cancer Day Unit.

Fun loving Helen Coles and her friend Penny Lees aim to cycle across England from coast to coast (west to east) and will begin their challenge on the 13th June.

This will be some challenge for them both so lets hope that they have a bicycle each !!

To find out more about their reasons for doing this and to lend your support click here:

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Alan's 30 Day Swim Challenge

Alan Williams, supported by friends and the members of the Pembrokeshire Blue Tits kicked off a novel fundraising challenge on the 1st June at Newgale Beach with the first of 30 daily swims planned throughout the month of June in memory of Alan's late wife Branka.

He hopes to raise valuable funds for two local charities - Mental Health charity Get the Boys a Lift and our own  charity which support patients going through cancer treatment.

With swims planned around the county Alan is encouraging others to join him in support.

 

For more details and how to follow Alan's progress click on the link below:

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Pili Longworth

In memory of  Pilar Longworth, her husband Tim has donated a wonderful £2,250 to support the ongoing work of the CDU team at Withybush.

Responding to our thanks, he commented: 

"This donation is the result of contributions which came in from 95 different donors - so that's a community response - it’s about lots of people remembering Pili and wanting to support our amazing CDU at Withybush as they help so many people to keep going. I can't take credit for their generosity - I just pointed them in the direction of the CDU Appeal".

 

 

Our Response:

What a wonderful thing to do for others. We will be forever grateful to everyone who made this happen.

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And Why Fund Raise?

Marie's response:

"From the first day I stepped into the Cancer Day Unit in Withybush Hospital I felt at ease. At such a terrifying and anxious time the staff made it all a whole lot easier .... they are like ‘guardian angels’ and I truly am so thankful to them all".

On behalf of the clinicians in PHODU and Trustees of the charity we would like to extend a big thankyou to everyone who helped to make this happen

Marie's Mission Raises An Incredible £10,000!  

Super fundraiser Marie Tilley from Narberth and her team of "Marvels" need to be thanked "big time" for what they have achieved in reaching their goal.

An ex-patient of the Unit herself,Marie felt inspired to create Marie's Mission and set herself a target of raising £10,000 to support others going through cancer treatments in the county.

Friends and relatives who were inspired by her own story rallied behind her and helped support a number of social get togethers over a twelve month period which were bolstered by the creation and sale of a popular themed calendar in which Marie and her girlfriends appeared.

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Marie (pictured above far left) presenting her amazing donation to the nursing team.

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Lois and Ann who organised a fundraising walk to raise funds for the CDU which raised an amazing £854!

You are Stars !!

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Returned thanks from the charity and the nursing team at Withybush Hospital PHODU to Nathan Hatch and David Bull who recently donated a very generous amount with the message for the team:

" Thankyou for Everything You Do. Keep up the Good Work!"

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In Memory of Branka

Our thanks to Alan Williams of Haverfordwest who has donated £500 in memory of his wife Branka to our charity to support the work of the nursing team at the Cancer Day Unit at Withybush.

The donation recognises the wonderful care and support which the team gave to Branka during her time at the Unit.

Alan is pictured with Branka in more happier times.

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Visit our

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for more info.

 

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Super Fundraisers!

We were asked to invite Raydene Waters (aged 85) from Begelly and her daughter Pauline Davies up to the PHODU recently where there was an opportunity for charity representatives and the senior nursing team to offer their special thanks to these ladies for having raised no less than £8,881 for the Unit.

Real livewires, the efforts of both ladies have been relentless, with over £2,000 generated recently from a grand raffle and coffee morning.

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You are both so inspiring!

      Thank you again

Priory Inn, Lower Priory

We would like to thank local publican Glenda and all who visit the Priory Inn, Milford Haven for their support in donating via our collection boxes over a number of years.

This has resulted in raising a fantastic figure of £360 to support cancer patients in Pembrokeshire.

Just brilliant!

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Following a very successful Vintage Working Day held at Camrose during the last August Bank Holiday a total of 19 charities ( many local) were invited along to receive a donation of no less than £825 each from the organisers of the event!

We were honoured and delighted to accept this donation which will be put to good use in supporting the staff and patients at Wthybush Hospital Cancer Day Unit.

The organisers and supporters are warmly thanked for the wonderful work they do in supporting so many good causes

THANK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED !

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Our thanks to Jan, Lisa and the team at the Ferry House Inn for the amazing charity box collection which generated a donation to our charity of no less than £192 !

What a result!

Special thanks to everyone who popped something in the box and gave so generously when visiting the Inn. 

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Carew Inn

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Big, big thanks to the management and team at the Carew Inn at Carew for their efforts once again to raise funds for the Pembrokeshire Haematology and Oncology Day Unit (PHODU).

They recently donated a whopping £1,000 to the Day Unit following a highly successful music event. What an achievement! 

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A very big thank you to the Evans family from Cross Ways , Honeyborough, Neyland  for donating an incredible £650 in memory of a family relative to the Chemotherapy Day Unit. 

The funds were boosted even further by an amazing skydive!  Well done and thank you on behalf of the staff and patients

Thank you on behalf of the nursing team at PHODU, Withybush Hospital to the members of the Bowen family who recently donated £2,200 in memory of Petrina Bowen.

The donation was raised by Petrina's children from family and friends in lieu of flowers in her memory.

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Malcolm Rees

We are grateful to the family of the late Malcom Rees from Milford Haven for their very generous donation of £1,000 to our charity in lieu of floral tributes and donations in his memory.

A devoted husband and father, Malcolm will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

In Fond Memory of Gwilym

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The Cornock Family Visit to the Unit to Make Their Donation
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Planning the Family Challenge

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Family and friends joined forces last year to honour a well known character Gwilym Cornock from the Pembrokeshire farming community. At the time Gwilym needed the support of the local Cancer Day Unit so the family decided to undertake the Welsh Three Peaks challenge to raise funds for the hospital.

The group, comprised of twenty five supporters of all ages set about the challenge in May 2018. After conquering the Welsh 3 Peaks in one day, the group were delighted to be met by Gwilym and his family on completion of the  Pen y Fan climb.

Sadly, Gwilym lost his battle with cancer later in the year but the fundraising in his name has resulted in an incredible figure of £16,110 being raised to support other patients. 

 

An amazing achievement!

This is the biggest single donation we have had so a big thank you to everyone involved and your supporters.

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Celebrating a Team Achievement
Gwilym (right) with the Three Peaks Challenge Cake
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In Memory of Alan Roach

A  big thank you goes to the Roach family of Milford Haven who have donated a wonderful £1,000 to our charity following generous donations from family and friends including the local football community in lieu of flowers for a popular resident. We send our condolences and best wishes to Ann and son Alan

What An Achievement!

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Big congratulations to Jeff and Wayne for their highly successful Super Sounds of the Sixties weekend recently at the Torch Theatre. We were delighted and honoured to go along today to receive a donation of £2,550 to our charity. Margaret and Trish (left) are pictured with Toni and Phil from the Paul Sartori Foundation which received a similar amount.

How fortunate are we?

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Lovely Lyn Roberts

Thanks to this lady and her band of friends, our charity has received another large donation of £1,400.

Many thanks Lyn for all your hard work from the charity and the nursing team at the Cancer Day Unit

What a brilliant achievement!

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Top Fundraisers!

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RAOB Letterston fundraisers pictured with members of the                                      PHODU senior nursing team

Active fundraisers Letterston RAOB

( Buffs) have been busy again raising funds for the Cancer Day Unit at Withybush Hospital.

A small team of dedicated members regularly hold well attended social events for the local Letterston community which generate funds for local causes. This year, the team has decided to donate a further £7,000 to Withybush Hospital Cancer Day Unit Appeal bringing the total they have donated to date to £14,120 

Our grateful thanks to all involved.

Such an Incredible Team Achievement!

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The Store Management Team at Vincent Davies Presenting the Cheque to Charity Trustees Trish and Bernie George

We have been overwhelmed by the support offered throughout 2018 from the staff at Vincent Davies Department Store. Always actively fundraising for worthwhile causes we were delighted to be their chosen charity for the year.

Lots of activities were organised during this time including, raffles, a carnival event and fundraising collection boxes which have all generated donations from customers. The photo above shows the incredible total achieved. 

Our thanks to each and every member of staff for their enthusiasm and to Vincent Davies customers for their generosity. Just brilliant!

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A True Swimming  Star!

Tenby businessman Chris Brace has been busy once again in support of the Cancer Day Unit at Withybush Hospital.

This time Chris decided to face some personal challenges of his own - namely long distance swimming raising no less than £623 for the Unit.

Well done and thank you Chris!

Visit his Crowdfunding page below to read his amusing comments about the challenge he had set for himself.

Click here to read more :

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Sandra and Dorothy (Our volunteers )

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Thank you David

A very unusual fundraising event was held recently to raise funds for our charity.

 

David Murray decided to hold a Wargames table top event which attracted lots of interest from fans.

Funds were raised from entry charges , a raffle and from the sale of food on the day which amounted to an amazing £500 for the charity.

Thank you so much David and your supporters for this generous gesture.

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Many people in the Pembrokeshire sports community will know of Mike Jenkins who has sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer.

 

Mike's wife Mary McDermott-Jenkins, together with her son Brad and friend Luke Hamilton (Scottish International Rugby Player) undertook the ultimate climbing challenge recently. They were successful in climbing all three of our highest mountain peaks (Ben Nevis,Scafell Pike & Snowdon) over a 24 hour period to raise money via our charity for the Withybush Cancer Day Unit. A fantastic £4,065 !

For Mary this was particularly challenging but through perseverence she achieved her aim in memory of husband Mike.

 

Click on the button below to read Mary's touching tribute to her husband.

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Mary with Brad (left) and Luke

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Well Done Daniel

Milford Tritons member and seasoned

Tri -Athlete, Daniel Devine undertook one final gruelling Ironman event which took place in Tenby in September.

 

We are really delighted that Daniel chose our charity and so pleased that he achieved his goal of completing yet another Ironman challenge.  All of the funds he has raised will go to support staff,patients and family members who attend the Pembrokeshire Haematology and Oncology Day Unit (PHODU) at Withybush Hospital.

He raised an incredible £915 from friends and supporters so we would like to thank you all and,in particular, Daniel for this wonderful gesture.

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