Have fun with us
Have a laugh
Make a difference
Go that extra mile
Here are some wonderful examples of how people and organisations across North Wales have raised money to support patients and their families – with us.
Whatever you decide to do, let us know so we can make sure you get the recognition and the thanks you deserve.
Enjoy a special occasion
“I asked friends and family to make a donation to the Operating Department
in Glan Clwyd because I knew that it would enhance the excellent work carried
I did the same on my 70th birthday, and would recommend it as an excellent
way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion."
Mr Ron Hardwick
“I'm not coming here to the Children's Ward anymore but I want to get the playroom some games for the Wii, so at my birthday party in August I will ask
my friends for donations to the ward instead of presents.”
Former patient, Children’s Ward
Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
“I put myself through the pain barrier by becoming the first person to walk up
and down Snowdon barefoot, and raised £950 for the Children’s Ward in Ysbyty Gwynedd in the process.
Fundraising gave me the opportunity to give something back to the staff on the ward that had shown such professionalism and care in looking after our son after he was taken ill whilst on holiday in North Wales.”
Make some noise
“I know it will be hard for those who know me to believe that my early years were a constant battle to get words out of my mouth. I suffered from severe stuttering which had a very negative effect upon my confidence. I still shudder when I see certain items which caused me anxiety when I had to say them – particularly words that began with a ‘d’.
Fortunately, the headmaster of my primary school had insight into the condition and acted upon it. Once a week I was taken by taxi to a Speech and Language Therapist in Caernarfon. The rest is history – a noisy one in my case. The therapy worked and many people would say that I have not shut up since! My ministry as a chaplain is all about communication – listening and talking. Yet, such a career would have filled me with dread when I was 10 years old.
In many ways, Speech and Language Therapy gave me a future and I hope to spend some of that future giving something back to the service. The CD I am currently producing in aid of Awyr Las will raise funds for Speech and Language Therapy. I quickly learnt that I did not stutter when I sang (badly!). What better way than to sing in order to give those who are in need of therapy today that same chance as I was given.”
Chaplain, Ysbyty Gwynedd
“I wanted to take part in the Pwllheli Triathlon as I fancied the challenge and this year’s chosen charity was the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU). I entered along with my father because we wanted to raise money for SCBU as our son, Elis who is now 2, spent a few weeks in their care after being born early and weighing only 4lbs. The care he received there was excellent. All the nurses were caring, helpful and always went the extra mile to help.
They were also very supportive to us as new parents, and arranged for us to
stay at in the Ty Enfys on-site accommodation so that we could be close to Elis.
Because of Ty Enfys, which was made possible through charitable donations, my wife was able to breastfeed my son, which we are sure helped to aid his recovery.
Whilst we were there we realised that units like these require and immense amount of funding so myself and my father just wanted to raise what we could - our bit
“Nine years ago I was lucky enough to be asked to become an expedition doctor for a national diabetes charity’s trek up Kilimanjaro. I was a little apprehensive as I'd never done group 'holidays' and wasn't particularly keen on sharing a tent or a khasi with a complete stranger for 10 days on a remote mountain side but it turned out to be one of the best and most moving experiences of my career.
I came home from Kili determined to try for another major mountain; this time Aconcagua in Argentina. It's 6962m high with a 3 week expedition. A lot of mental and physical preparation is essential.
My bosses at work were keen to support my request for the time off as I offered to use the trek to raise money for Awyr Las. I’ve received fantastic support from a corporate, Sanofi, a major pharmaceutical company producing insulin. I am now
on Twitter as @AimHigh7000 (the '7000' was to reflect the approx height of Aconcagua) and I’ve entered the world of blogging (aimhigh7000.wordpress.com).
I set up Virginmoneygiving.com/SteveStanaway as this site allows you to split the donations between as many charities as you like and, of course, makes gif aiding the money so simple, raising its value by 25% for no effort at all.
The next step was to think of ways of actually raising money with events other than the walk itself. My local amateur dramatics society have come on and the proceeds from their summer performance this year will go straight to my fundraising efforts. The Wrexham Maelor Hospital summer ball committee also kindly agreed to support me this year.
The personal expenses for the trip will be met by me. My total personal cost is likely to be around £4,500 and this will only be even partly paid back if I reach my target figure of £10,000. If I can see some benefit to my current and future patients and their families from this whole process then it will be worth all the effort.”
Consultant Physician and fundraiser
with your family
“I organised a charity evening for breast cancer research in North Wales as
my mum has just finished treatment after being diagnosed with breast cancer
My mum organised some other fundraising activities and together we raised
over £4,000 for causes close to our hearts."
Health & Social Care Support Worker
Involve all your
"Supporting Awyr Las and raising money in aid of the Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Breast Cancer Unit is important to me as I received treatment myself and I have firsthand experience of the invaluable care and support the Breast Cancer Unit provides.
I decided to organise an evening of cabaret and raised over two thousand pounds. With the help and support of my kind local community everyone enjoyed a mighty meal and excellent entertainment with a variety of performances."
Have a laugh
“As a group we organise a quiz, prize bingo and a fun day once a year and we choose two charities that the money can contribute towards. We like to select charities that benefit local people.
We had a personal connection with the Shooting Stars Unit as loved ones and friends have been treated here.
One of our members were so grateful for the fantastic support, care and kindness shown by the staff whilst their husband received treatment that we felt it important to come together to give something back.”
“I want to give something back to the Special Care Baby Unit, Cancer Treatment Centre and Children’s Ward in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. My sponsored bike ride will take place in the summer when I will cycle with five colleagues from Rhyl to Rhos-on-Sea and back.
My son sadly passed away on the Children’s ward 10 years ago when he was 6 years old, and my mother has been treated in the Cancer Treatment Centre recently, so I want to give something back to the wonderful staff that have
provided such an excellent standard of care for my family, and countless other families in North Wales.”
Do something radical
“I shaved my long blond hair through Awyr Las to support the Wrexham Maelor Shooting Stars Unit because this local charity is close to my heart”
Sing and dance
“I am very proud to be a part of Holyhead’s community and have been fundraising since 1946. I now produce and direct my own shows with the groups I founded, Parti Dawns Lan Mor and Mary Parry’s Musical Players who sing, dance and perform for many people far and wide.
We choose to fundraise for local causes so that our local communities can benefit directly. Through Awyr Las we have raised money for Penrhos Stanley hospital, Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Alaw Ward and more recently we fundraised to specifically contribute towards a new laser.
Having spent much time in hospitals myself and during my husband's diagnoses of throat cancer I personally feel that it is very important to give something back.”
Mary Parry, MBE
Organise an event
“I decided to raise money for charity by putting on an Elvis Tribute concert & raffle. With the kind support of local companies and communities I raised just over £900.
I decided to split it between the Shooting Star Unit & Nightingale House as I have had a personal experience with both 3 years ago but I am now better, thankfully.
The Shooting Star nurses and staff were so supportive, happy and positive, putting me at ease straight away during a very daunting time and this is the reason why I wanted to raise money to give back.”