Two national charities have benefited from funds collected in aid of Monmouthshire’s past Chairman’s appeal.

Councillor Brian Strong selected the Wales Air Ambulance and the Noah’s Ark Charity as his chosen charities during his term of office (May 2015 to May 2016) and he was delighted to pass on cheques worth over £6,000 to each organisation.  He travelled to the new Wales Air Ambulance in Llanelli to present the organisation’s cheque while Linda Davies of the Noah’s Ark Charity met Councillor Strong in County Hall, Usk.

Catrin Hall, Wales Air Ambulance Community Coordinator, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the Chairman’s appeal.  As a charity, we rely on kind donations and support to keep our helicopters flying over Wales. The amazing fundraising completed through the Chairman’s appeal will help fund our lifesaving missions, and allow us to come to the aid of people across Wales in their time of need.”

Noah’s Ark Charity senior fundraiser, Linda Davies said: “Our charity’s mission is to support the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in whichever way we can to ensure that the children of Wales receive specialist care in the best possible surroundings.  We couldn’t do what we do without the incredible support we receive and we’re hugely thankful to Councillor Brian Strong for choosing us as one of his beneficiaries.  We can give every assurance that the £6,000 raised will be very well spent.”

Councillor Strong commented: “I am very pleased to support the excellent work by the Wales Air Ambulance and the Noah’s Ark Charity and I wish to thank all involved who helped to raise funds, including my wife Mary, daughter Sally, son Tim and his wife Claire, the council’s support staff and the local businesses who contributed prizes and helped with activities during my term of office.”