Archive for November, 2011

Although most of my fundraising is for Dogs for the Disabled, the other charity I support on an annual basis is CLIC Sargent.

For the last six years I have accompanied the Welsh Hospitals Choir for their rehearsals in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, and have joined the massed choir, formed from hospitals across South Wales, for the concert in St David’s Hall. This year’s concert is on Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the St David’s Hall Box Office.

The choir, under the baton of David Davies, will be joined by the Welsh Guards Fanfare Trumpeters  and Brass Ensemble, organist Jane Watts, Rhiwbina Primary School and soloists from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Delighting the audience with their virtuosity and dry sense of homour will be the Classic Buskers – “Technical virtuosity, combined with musical seriousness, humour and high entertainment are a perfect recipe” (Ian Ritchie, City of London Festival).

The charity, formed in 2005 by a successful merger between CLIC and Sargent Cancer Care for Children, helps as many children and young people as possible survive cancer and make the most of their lives. The choir’s support of this charity will help families cope with the trauma of cancer, life after treatment and, in some cases, with bereavement.

If I raise £500 on the day of the final rehearsal, I have agreed to climb Pen-y-Fan dressed like a reindeer! Hopefully choir members will be able to dig deep to boost the fundraising total.

Please visit my JustGiving page to make a donation or donate via mobile phone by texting “CLIC88 £2” to 70070.

In the meantime, please visit the St David’s Hall Box Office to purchase your tickets as soon as possible. This is an extremely popular concert of festive music and a great evening for all the family!


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The following article appeared in the Church magazine of St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny:


Tales of Trekking in Nepal

Eighteen ladies were welcomed to the October meeting to hear Richard Morgan speak about his trek in Nepal to raise funds in aid of Dogs for the Disabled.

Richard had compiled a splendid PowerPoint presentation of his adventure. Having arrived at Kathmandu with its chaotic traffic condition Richard and his party of 28 other people including a doctor with copious amounts of Imodium set off of Phokhara. The trek lasted seven days, hiking for six hours a day, taking in some breath-taking scenery along the way over some very rough terrain.

By the time the party reached Nayapool on the last day they were jubilant but very tired, having raised the marvellous amount of £36,058.85 for the cause.

To conclude the ladies were shown a short but very interesting and moving video of the puppies and dogs in training. When fully trained they enable their owners to live their lives more independently.

Richard was thanks for giving us an insight into the work of this marvelous charity in an interesting and entertaining way.


Many thanks to Cynthia Waterman for this article and for the cheque for Dogs for the the Disabled which was presented on the night.

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