Llanelli Rotary raises £7K for local Hospice thanks to match-funding by Swansea Building Society

Ieuan Griffiths - right - presents cheque to representatives of Ty Bryngwyn Hospice

The Llanelli Rotary Club has raised £7,000 for the Ty Bryngwyn Hospice in Llanelli thanks to generous match-funding from Swansea Building Society.

The funds were raised by Llanelli Rotary Club when it hosted a James Bond themed charity ball at the Diplomat Hotel in Llanelli. The amount raised on the night came to just under £3,500. Swansea Building Society, with branch offices in Swansea, Mumbles, Carmarthen and Cowbridge, then more-than match-funded the amount, bringing the total to £7,000.

Speaking at the event was the outgoing Llanelli Rotary President and current Chairman of Swansea Building Society, Ieuan Griffiths. During his speech, Mr Griffiths noted that this was the second time this year that Swansea Building Society had match-funded the money raised by the Rotary Club. The previous time being the Rotary Club’s last Christmas appeal.

A check for £7,000 was presented by Mr Griffiths to Dave Craddock, Chairman and Trustee of Ty Bryngwyn Hospice, who explained to the event’s attendees that the funds would be used to support the building of an annex and the re-landscaping of the hospice’s gardens.

Ty Bryngwyn Llanelli Hospice, situated in the grounds of Prince Phillip Hospital, is a Designated Centre of Excellence providing specialist palliative care for the community of Carmarthenshire. It is the only hospice in the area with inpatient facilities and it provides specialist palliative care both in the community and in its seven inpatient beds.

The hospice aims to enrich patients’ quality of life, promote independence, and offers opportunities to empower people to make their own personal choices within a safe, therapeutic environment. The hospice also provides information, support and advice for its patients and their families, and offers a range of individual and group activities at Ty Bryngwyn and within the community.

Ieuan Griffiths, Swansea Building Society Chair and outgoing Llanelli Rotary Club President, said:

“As chairman of the Society, I very much welcome the fact that there is a strong commitment by the Society to its mutuality of ownership and the support it gives its communities across the South Wales region. Though headquartered in Swansea, Llanelli is very much part of the Society’s community, which stretches from East Wales to Carmarthenshire in the west and beyond. Indeed, as the Society enters its centenary year next January, it is expanding quickly and will continue to support its members and a growing number of local charities as part of its ongoing mission.”