Penarth Fundraising Committee of the National Eisteddfod raised more than £40,000
4:30pm Tuesday 1st January 2013 in News
THE Penarth Fundraising Committee of the National Eisteddfod raised more than £40,000 for this year’s Vale-based event, exceeding all expectations.
Chaired by Sian Fox of Foxy’s Deli, and comprising a wide spectrum of Penarthians, the committee raised close to 15 per cent more than their target of £35,000 - a spectacular reward for hours of volunteer effort.
The success was based around a varied programme of events throughout the year - choral concerts, auctions, children’s playgroups, a ball, suppers and garden parties were all organised, while individuals offered their own skills in crafts and language learning to provide individual contributions.
Some famous faces also gave freely of their time. A concert with Max Boyce and Caryl Parry Jones hosted by Roy Noble in the Paget Rooms was an outstanding example, with Hywel Gwynfryn demonstrating potential for an alternative career as an auctioneer, and the roof of All Saints is still hovering above its foundations following rousing renditions from the Pendyrus Choir, the Richard Williams singers, and Angela Morris-Parry who also arranged the event.
A spokesperson on behalf of the National Eisteddfod said: “The event in the Vale of Glamorgan this year was not only a great success in itself, attracting thousands of people to this beautiful part of the country, but it also gave a chance for volunteer fundraisers in Penarth to show what an outstanding job they could do to help make this major Welsh cultural event happen.
“The unstinting local organisation and support was supported in ticket sales by Foxy’s Delicatessen and the Windsor Bookshop.”
Sian Fox, speaking on behalf of the Penarth Fundraising Committee, said: “We want to thank all the Penarthians who dug deep, bought tickets, participated in multiple raffles or simply made the many donations of cash, of prizes and of auction items which all resulted in this fine achievement for our town.”