Residents raise more than £2,000 for charity

Fundraisers at a Wales & West Housing extra care scheme raised more than £2000 for charities close to their heart thanks to the support of fellow residents, friends and family. 

The group of residents at Nant y Môr each organised events in support of charitable organisations which they had a close personal connection to throughout 2022. 

The Alzheimers Society, Children in Need, Blood Bikes Wales, Guide Dogs for the Blind and a local women’s refuge and foodbank were among the recipients of funding. 

Alf Naylor is a lifelong fundraiser along with his wife Mary, with the couple having supported many charities over the years. They moved to Nant y Môr five years ago. 

Alf and Mary’s table top sales in 2022 raised money for the Wales Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation. 

Alf said: “Fundraising is in my blood. Everyone at Nant y Môr is very supportive of what we do which has helped us to raise so much money for good causes. All charities rely on funding to carry out the amazing work they do and we get a lot of satisfaction from the small part we play in helping them. 

“My brother was involved in a road traffic accident in Llandudno Junction 20 years ago and it was the Air Ambulance who picked him up and took him to hospital so it’s my way of giving something back.” 

Among other members of the group, Jean Carratero raises money for St Kentigern’s Hospice in St Asaph. by making handmade cards.

Fellow resident Lily Whitley collected donations for charity at afternoon teas, organised in conjunction with Nant y Môr’s wellbeing officer Yvette Byrne Jones.

“Everyone at Nant y Môr is very supportive of what we do which has helped us to raise so much money for good causes.”

Alf Naylor, Nant y Môr resident

Tracey Griffiths gave a talk about Guide Dogs accompanied by Lara, her labrador retriever, with proceeds going towards supporting the life-changing work of the Guide Dogs charity. 

Tracey said: “A lot of people think guide dogs are always working but they actually enjoy playing and exercising just like other dogs – so the talk was designed to give people an insight into their life and dispel some of these misconceptions. 

“I’ve had Lara since she was two years old and I couldn’t do without her.” 

Fundraising is set to continue to be a focus for all of the group throughout 2023, with seasonal events planned including an annual collection of gifts at Christmas. These are wrapped by Nant y Môr residents and collected by Festival Church in Prestatyn which distributes them to those most in need. 

Nant y Môr comprises 59 apartments and was Wales & West Housing’s first extra care scheme, built in partnership with Denbighshire County Council. 

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