North Wales’ NHS charity Awyr Las has been handed a cheque by one of its own patrons following a fundraising concert in memory of his mother.
Rhun ap Iorwerth, the Assembly Member for Ynys Môn has been a patron of Awyr Las since July 2013.
Last month, Bangor Cathedral was sold out for a special concert in memory of his mother Gwyneth Morus Jones. Gwyneth died of cancer in December 2012.
The concert, organised by Rhun’s father Edward Morus Jones, featured leading male voice choir Cor Godre’s Aran and women’s choir Cor Seiriol, as well as the local champion brass soloist Pippa Scourse and actress Ffion Dafis. Money raised has also been donated to charities MacMillan, Tenovus and Christian Aid.
Rhun ap Iorwerth said: “It was a wonderful concert, and full of emotion.
“Mam would have been so pleased that money raised is going to such good causes. She was looked after so well by professionals in both primary care, staff in Ysbyty Gwynedd and later at home. Donating money through Awyr Las is the perfect way to ensure better care and facilities, above and beyond what the NHS would be expected to provide, for patients throughout north Wales. This £250 cheque can go a little way towards helping Awyr Las’ work.”
The money raised will benefit the charity’s ‘By Your Side’ cancer care campaign, which is being run in conjunction with Welsh rock musician and cancer patient Mike Peters. The charity hopes to raise £351,120 through ‘By Your Side’. The target represents a £ for every foot from Ysbyty Gwynedd to Glan Clwyd Hospital to Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Rhun will be showing his support for the charity once again on December 13th, when he takes part in a charity zip wire challenge at Zip World Bethesda.