In January 2017, Mr Robert Noakes, started to fundraise for Velindre Cancer Centre, and set himself a target of £5,000. The charity was chosen after the fantastic support the team has given his wife over the last 18 months, who has been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Throughout the year several charity events were held at Bryn Meadows including a 70’s Disco in Winners Bar, a swim-a-thon in Fusion Wellness Leisure Club. The fitness team raised money through their Train a Trainer event, where leisure members are encouraged to get their own back by making a donation for a 10 minute timeslot.
The Grand Charity Ball started with a prosecco drinks reception, followed by a 3 course dinner. Guests were then entertained by former Wales rugby international Matthew J Watkins, with a question and answer session. He has also been very open with his own battle with cancer, and the treatment and support he has received from the Velindre.
A cheque was handed over to Michael Lock from Velindre Cancer Centre on the night for £10,419.72. On the evening an additional £500 was also raised through a raffle with donations including a ship experience from Challenge Wales.
“Velindre Fundraising has been incredibly lucky to benefit from Robert’s tireless efforts. His determination and commitment have been inspiring, and this amazing amount is testament to that. Thanks must also go to the wonderfully supportive team from Bryn Meadows, whose ongoing efforts proved vital to Robert’s success. This amount will make life changing differences to our cancer patients and their families.” Michael Lock, Velindre Fundraising
Velindre is Wales’ premier cancer centre, providing care, support and treatment to cancer patients and their families. More people than ever are living with cancer – survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years through better treatments and earlier detection. They aim to provide the best care, when people need them most. The money raised through fundraising goes towards research, staff training, education and ultimately to get positive outcomes for patients.