Volunteers representing Awyr Las, the charity for better healthcare in North Wales, were amazed by the kindness and interest shown by the young festival goers at Wakestock Festival this year.
Cath More, Community Fundraising Coordinator says:
“We were so pleased to be chosen as the charity of the year for 2013 by Wakestock and we were even more pleased that the event was such a success! We’re a local charity supporting local people and local services but festival goers from across the UK and Ireland were really keen to show their support for the charity.
“We were raising money specifically for the children with life limiting and life threatening conditions who are cared for by the Diana Nursing Team in North Wales. The festival goers – most of whom were only 17 or 18 – were keen to support these patients and together gave £3,000!”
Volunteer Lucia Ashton, a Diana Nursing Team Manager thought that the festival goers did a marvellous job of supporting Awyr Las:
“I was just so impressed at how everyone wanted to give. Through Awyr Las people can make patients’ days brighter – I’d say that the young people giving to the charity at Wakestock made my day brighter!
“All the money raised will go towards this winter’s pantomime at Theatre Clwyd that’s put on especially for the children and their families. It’s the only opportunity that many of the families have to enjoy something like this. I always go to help look after patients at the panto and everyone always says what a memorable day it is. Without people’s support these special days just wouldn’t happen.”
Zoe Clent, a health visitor based in Llangollen, volunteered over the whole festival. She says:
“The atmosphere was great. We were offering hair braiding and had sports games and other activities that people could take part in for a minimum donation and lots of the festival goers jumped at the chance to get involved. It was a great opportunity to have some fun and at the same time raise awareness of important public health messages with younger people.
“I was just bowled over by the young people’s desire to learn more about the children who will benefit from the money raised – in fact I was quite literally nearly bowled over when some of the guys were doing penalty shoot outs with the other volunteers!
“Wakestock was a lot of fun and it has raised lots of money to help children and their families who really need it have lots of fun too.”