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Happy Christmas for St Asaph hospice

Published date: 27 December 2013 |
Published by: Kirstie Dolphin
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It's been a Merry Christmas for a hospice thanks to Europe’s largest trailer company.

Ifor Williams Trailers (IWT) has raised £10,000 for St Kentigern Hospice in St Asaph.

The most spectacular of their fund-raising efforts occurred at the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh earlier this year.

They put a unique replica of the famous pink pavilion on the back of one of its trailers at the annual festival.

There was a competition to guess how many trailer parts were beneath the mini pink GRP domes of the trailer pavilion.

The Ifor Williams Trailers stand also feature a steel sculpture of rugby legend Adam Jones that was made as a tribute to the Welshmen who mauled the Aussies on the victorious Lions tour.

The company matched the amount raised by the competition pound for pound and then topped it up to £10,000.

Design engineering manager Andy Reece-Jones said: “We were delighted at the generosity of visitors to the Eisteddfod who were more than happy to give to such a good cause.”

The cheque was presented by Pete Jakeman, business development manager of IWT Composites, who masterminded the pink replica roof, and shift leader Gerallt Parry  who was one of the staff who manned the Eisteddfod stand.

Pete said: “I’m extremely proud of what we’ve done. It’s such a good cause. My auntie came here two years ago so it’s deeply personal for me.

“The hospice needs £1.5 million a year just to keep going. That’s a lot of money to raise so I think it’s great that Ifor Williams Trailers are fundraising to help a place like this going. It’s worth every penny.

“People don’t realise how much they do need. They only get 18 per cent from the government so the more people can give the better."

Gerallt Parry was equally proud of their contribution.

He said: “It’s a very good cause. I had heard before about the good work that they do because my Nain used to raise money for them.

“This is the first time I’ve been here and what they do at St Kentigern. It's a very special place.”

St Kentigern is an eight-bed in patient hospice with day care facilities provides unparalleled care for those with life-threatening and terminal illness, but has to rely on more than 80 per cent of its income from the generous donations of the public.

Hospice chair Trefor Jones CVO CBE also has personal experience of the value of the hospice as two close family members received “wonderful” palliative care at St Kentigern.

He said: “Running the hospice doesn’t come cheap. We do not live in a wealthy community and we do not have a large population around us, nevertheless we are very lucky because they are they are extremely generous.

“We are ambitious because we believe this community needs more services that we can provide, and of course the demographics of the future are that we are getting older as a population which will inevitably mean a greater demand for our services.

“I really can’t overstate the importance of what Ifor Williams Trailers have done. The effort they put into this particular fundraising effort was outstanding.”

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