A GROUP of women who have been supporting Barnardo's Cymru for more than 50 years have been honoured by the chief executive of the charity.

From strawberry teas to fashion shows, Barry Barnardo's Helpers Group have helped to raise an estimated £175,000 for the charity towards helping disadvantaged children in Wales.

The group's longevity – they were established in December 1930 – is epitomised by June Davis, 89, who has been part of the group for 58 years. This year, she received a special certificate from the charity’s chief executive Javed Khan to recognise her remarkable record.

"Over the years we’ve organised many different things," said Ms Davis.

"We had a grand fashion show in Bindles thanks to Laura Ashley of Bath and we’ve enjoyed many musical evenings, coffee mornings and sales of plants, jewellery and scarves. I also have a strawberry tea in my garden every year which is popular. It has been a lifetime of love and loyalty."

A particular high point for June was meeting Princess Diana, when she visited Barnardo’s in South Wales in her role as president.

Other long-serving current members include Anne Davies, who joined the group in 1974, and Joyce Brown, who started in 1978. Secretary Nans Binding joined in 1981, having returned to Barry after living in Canada.

Barnardo’s Cymru provide almost 100 services across Wales, ranging from support to young carers who have to support unwell family members, to care leavers, trying to make the leap into independent adulthood.

The charity helps disabled children, those affected by abuse and parental imprisonment and provides adoption and fostering services. It also helps parents develop coping skills and works with vulnerable teenagers to prevent them falling into exploitation.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan had tea with the Barry group when he visited Ely Family Centre in Cardiff.

"I was hugely impressed with them and the energy they have," said Mr Khan.

"To support us for more than 50 years is a wonderful achievement and we are so grateful to them."