Two nights of fundraising in Carmarthenshire raised £1550.05.
The Carmarthenshire committee held a whist drive at Cwrt Henri on Thursday June 7, which was well attended. The evening was sponsored and compered by volunteer Ivor Davies.
The following evening, a concert was held at Llangyndeyrn Hall featuring Côr Meibion Mynydd Mawr and members from Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi. Also performing were Pembrokeshire soprano Jessica Robinson and the Carmarthen Ukulele Group. Ivor Davies again took on compering duties.
The choir performed a selection of popular songs and opened their repertoire with African Prayer, American Trilogy and a favourite Welsh hymn, Calon Lân. Conducting the choir was Jeff Thomas with accompaniment provided by 17-year-old pianist, Ioan Price. Jessica Robinson, a dairy farmer’s daughter from Llandissilio – who was short-listed to be the Welsh representative for the 2018 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World – performed two operatic arias, O Mio Babbino Caro and Una Voce Poco Fa, as well as traditional Welsh songs and some popular numbers. Jessica was accompanied on the piano by Jonathan Morgan. The Carmarthen Ukulele Group opened their foot-tapping session with the Five Foot Two Medley and followed up with crowd-pleasers such as Sloop John B and Lawr ar lan y Môr.
During the interval the raffle was drawn and there were speeches from guest president, Councillor Tyssul Evans, and R.A.B.I chairman Malcolm Thomas MBE.
R.A.B.I regional manager for Wales, Linda Jones, said: “I’d like to thank our Carmarthenshire county committee for arranging two successful summer events. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the charity and the effort they put into arranging a varied programme of events throughout the year is to be applauded.”
Noel Morgan, joint county committee chairman, added: “We had a successful whist drive and a wonderful evening of entertainment in Llangyndeyrn and I’d like to thank everyone who turned out to support these events. I would also like to thank Cllr Tyssul Evans for his very generous donation towards our work.”