Two local charities have financially benefited thanks to customers and staff at Rhug Estate. Graham Webster has presented cheques to Macmillan Cancer Support and North Wales Air Ambulance, totalling £700.

The funds raised from the Rhug Estate Christmas Carol Service have been divided between Macmillan Cancer Support, which received 50% of the funds raised, £350 and North Wales Air Ambulance, a regular beneficiary of Rhug charity collections, which received the other 50%.

On presenting the cheques, Graham Webster, Managing Director of Rhug Ltd said, “On behalf of Rhug Estate I am privileged to be able to present these cheques to two very worthwhile causes. The cheques presented are the result of generous donations kindly given by our customers and colleagues at the Rhug Christmas Carol Service and in the Bistro afterwards. Rhug staff also generously donated their time to look after everyone in the bistro with food and drink to help raise money for these worthy causes.”

Macmillan are there to help those who have been diagnosed with cancer from diagnosis, through the treatment and beyond. Macmillan are there for the family, offering emotional, physical and financial support.

Theresa Richards a Macmillan Professional said, “We are very grateful to the generosity shown by the Rhug Estate and look forward to working with you again in the future to raise vital funds to support and make a meaningful difference to people and their families who have been diagnosed with cancer.”

With a widely-scattered population and diverse landscape, many in Wales live in isolated locations, far from a major or specialist hospital. For these reasons, there is a recognised need for Wales Air Ambulance’s three helicopters to be on active duty 365 days a year. The charity needs to raise £6.5 million every year to operate the service. The charity relies totally on public donations to raise all the funds for day to day running of missions, with each mission on average costing £1,500. The Children’s Wales Air Ambulance is a specialised division of the charity with a dedicated helicopter providing care and transport for babies and children to specialist paediatric hospital units. This is in addition to the three emergency helicopters. The Children’s Wales Air Ambulance is on standby everyday to provide care for the youngest patients in Wales.

Alyson Winn, Community Co-ordinator for the Wales Air Ambulance in north Wales said, “We’re extremely grateful to Lord Newborough, the staff and the customers at Rhug for this donation and their regular support of Wales Air Ambulance. This money makes a valuable contribution to keeping the helicopters flying and saving lives in rural north Wales.”

Picture 1: Graham Webster presenting Alyson Winn, Community Co-ordinator, the cheque for north Wales Air Ambulance.

Picture 2: Graham Webster presenting Theresa Richards, a Macmillan Professional, with the cheque for Macmillan.

Macmillan Cheque Presentation

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