Clwyd R.A.B.I committee recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Committee members and supporters, past and present, gathered to mark the occasion.
The committee formed in 1997 when a group of volunteers from the area joined together to fundraise and help build awareness for the charity after hearing about how R.A.B.I had helped a local family.
Trebor Roberts, who at the time was a trustee of R.A.B.I, chaired the first meetingbefore handing over to John Mainwaring, who was elected as the chairman, with John James as vice chair.
The first of many fundraising events was held at John Mainwaring’s home, where guests enjoyed lunch. The committee followed this with a cheese and wine evening then a well-received Christmas Supper. Fundraising was so successful that shortly afterwards Clwyd received the Sam Taylor Cup at R.A.B.I’s annual awards ceremony. This recognition is given to the committee which organises the most successful stand-alone event of the year.
Now, the committee holds a number of regular events, including an afternoon tea, a stand at the Flint and Denbigh Show, and the popular carol service at Ruthin Livestock Market.
The 20th anniversary celebration brought together the 20 current members of the thriving committee with past members, including Trebor Roberts and Muriel Morris, the first secretary. During the event, Muriel Morris and Rob Jones, a volunteer who has supported the committee since its founding, were presented with certificates to commemorate their contribution to the committee and to R.A.B.I.
Pictured at the top of the page from left to right are Rob Jones, regional managers Linda Jones and Becky Davies, Muriel Morris, and Trebor Roberts.