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Charity concert hits the perfect note with generous donation to Singleton Breast Unit

Singleton Hospital’s Breast Unit has said a huge thank you to fundraisers who have donated nearly £3,000 after staging a charity choir concert.

The Celebration of Music group in Lampeter held the concert at the town’s St Peter’s Church last summer.

It was organised by church organist Elonwy Pugh-Huysmans, whose sister Auriol Pugh is currently undergoing treatment at the unit in Swansea Bay.

The concert also marked 40 years since Ms Pugh-Huysmans and her fellow St Peter’s organist Debra Davies began playing at the church - and the event was a sell-out.

The donation coincides with this weekend's World Cancer Day, which aims to raise awareness of cancer and encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.

Pictured above, from left are breast care nurse Zoe Evans, associate specialist Firas Ibrahim, receptionist Rhondalynn Morris, breast care nurse Andrea Jones and Elonwy Pugh-Huysmans.

“It was a really nice occasion and it is great that we were in a position to do something like this for the unit,” said Ms Pugh-Huysmans.

“As a family we had a challenging year in 2023 but the care Auriol has been receiving at Singleton Hospital has been great. So it’s lovely for us to be able to express our gratitude in this way. We had a beautiful evening for it in June and the church was packed.”

A total of £2,697 was raised from ticket sales and donations.

The money will go to the Breast Endowment Fund which is used for patient care and to support the breast unit’s activity.

“It’s a staggering amount to raise from the event and we’d just like to say a huge thank you to Elonwy, her family and everyone involved in organizing and performing at the event and also to everyone in the Lampeter area who supported it,” said Tara Sage, who works as a medical secretary with the unit and has been liaising with Ms Pugh-Huysmans regarding the fundraising.

The Breast Endowment Fund is one of hundreds of individual funds that come under the umbrella of Swansea Bay Health Charity.

This is the health board’s official charity. Money raised is used for equipment, staff training, research and special projects for the benefit of our patients and staff, above and beyond what the NHS can provide.

If this story has inspired you to raise funds for your local NHS then Swansea Bay Health Charity would love to hear from you.

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Swansea Bay Health Charity (registered charity number 1122805) is the official charity of Swansea Bay University Health Board.

It plays a vital role in raising money for projects and activities that support patients, whilst it also supports a range of projects to improve the working conditions and support available to staff. 

Nearly all wards and departments have their own fund, which all come under the Swansea Bay Health Charity umbrella.

So if someone wants to give something back for the care they or a loved one has received, the charity ensures the funds raised will go directly there.

The charity does not replace NHS funding but uses generations donations received from patients, their families, staff and local communities to provide above and beyond what they NHS can provide.

To find out more, follow this link to the Swansea Bay Health Charity website.




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