Ivor Davies, a stalwart of the Carmarthenshire county committee, invited 120 guests to his 80th birthday party in November – but told everyone he did not want any gifts.
Instead, he asked friends and family to mark his special milestone with a donation to R.A.B.I, a generous and unselfish gesture that resulted in Linda Jones, regional manager for Wales, being presented with a cheque for £1,420.
Ivor, a former dairy farmer, understands there are many people in the farming sector currently facing severe financial pressures.
“It’s dreadful what’s happening to a lot of farmers,” he said. “I’ve a lot of sympathy for them.”
Ivor first got involved with R.A.B.I more than 10 years ago through his friend, John Howell, a former committee chairman.
Linda Jones said: “Ivor is such a lovely man, he is usually first to arrive to set up an event and the last to leave after clearing up. He also acts as an MC for whist drives all over Carmarthenshire for various charities. He’s out nearly every night helping someone.”
As a younger man, Ivor was a leading stock judge who represented Great Britain in a competition in Jamaica.
He said: “I spent a month in Jamaica in 1956 and we sailed over on a banana boat – it was awful! When it came to returning we discovered there was a two-year waiting list, because so many Jamaicans were trying to come to England at the time. In the end they flew us to Florida and we sailed back on the Queen Mary from New York.”
Ivor is pictured third from left, with Linda, centre and other members of the Carmarthenshire committee.