Two local charities have benefited from funds collected in aid of Monmouthshire’s past Chairman’s appeal.
Councillor Jim Higginson selected St David’s Hospice Care and Tŷ Hafan as his chosen charities during his term of office (May 2016 to May 2017) and he was delighted to travel to the headquarters of both organisations to pass on cheques for £2,386.96.
Gemma Sandhu, St David’s Hospice Care community/events fundraiser for the Monmouthshire and Newport areas said: “From everyone at St David’s Hospice Care I want to pass on the biggest thank you to Jim Higginson and his team for choosing to support our charity throughout 2016/17. The fantastic amount of money raised will be put to the best use looking after our patients in the new inpatient unit. I am so glad that I was able to show Mr Higginson around our spectacular new building.
“Our first fundraising event held was the lovely afternoon tea at Caldicot Castle which was such a lovely treat. It was a real pleasure to meet the representative from Tŷ Hafan and the many guests that attended the event. And I know a wonderful amount of money was raised.
“Many thanks once again for choosing St David’s Hospice Care to benefit from all the hard work put in over the year.”
Tŷ Hafan provides comfort, care and support for families who have children with life limiting conditions. The charity currently supports over 12 families from the Monmouthshire area. Regional fundraising manager Kelly Dibble said: “Councillor Higginson has been a pleasure to work with and even joined us at the hospice for our Christmas panto! This generous donation means that we can continue to support the families here in Wales that need us most. Thank you for all your hard work!”
Councillor Higginson commented: “I am very pleased to support the wonderful work by Tŷ Hafan and St David’s Hospice Care and my thanks go to Pauline, my Consort, for supporting me throughout and to the many members, staff and supporters from the council who made our duties so much easier while representing Monmouthshire as well as my colleagues from other authorities.

“My two charities were selected due to the excellent assistance they provide to families with loved ones suffering serious illnesses. Without that help the families would have little or no respite at times when they need it most.”