4:10pm Monday 14th October 2013
SUPPORTERS of a Barry-based charity have baked some cakes in celebration after a couple’s garden party raised more than a £1000 for it cause.
Sharon and Paul Haley opened their garden this summer and threw a party for more than 130 guests who helped raise vital funds for Ty Hapus and Cancer Research Wales.
Holton Road-based Ty Hapus offers vital respite to those who care for people diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and is the first centre of its kind in the UK.
It was set up by Justine Pickering, wife of Welsh Rugby Union chairman David, after her mum Ann was diagnosed with early onset dementia aged just 55 and Justine realised there was a need for support.
Sharon and Paul presented a cheque for £1250 raised from the garden party and £40 from a talk Paul gave to the Cadoxton women’s institute on regeneration.
The Summer Garden Party is part of the ongoing fundraising programme by Penarth-based Services Lodge, where Paul is the current Worshipful Master.
Paul said wife Sharon’s grandmother had Alzheimer’s and that had inspired raising money for the local cause.
He said: “I came down here and Elin (manager) showed me around and told me about the work they were doing.”
Singer/songwriter Rozii (CORR) Chaos, Aubrey Parsons and rock band Faultline, and The Blims provided the entertainment and stalls, games, raffles, auctions, and food and drink helped boost the funds.
Ty Hapus is thankful for, and welcomes, any donations or funding to aid its work.
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