Former Welsh rugby stars raise money for charity at Penarth bowls event
1:02pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Penarth news
FORMER Wales rugby stars Tom Shanklin and Rhys Williams helped raised more than £3000 for charity by taking part in a bowls competition in Penarth.
Rain didn't stop play as more than 150 people took part in the first Bowling For Bowel Cancer event in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre’s Undercover Appeal, at Penarth’s Windsor Bowls Club last month.
As well as the bowls competition there was also children’s entertainment, food, cake and sweet stalls, games and a raffle; all of which helped raise £3286.85 for the appeal.
Former Cardiff Blues player Rhys Williams said: “It was my first time to play bowls and I was thoroughly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It doesn't matter what sport you play you always want to win!"
Dr Richard Adams, a consultant at Velindre, who also took part in the bowls, said: “What a great day, a great event and a wonderful way to begin to pull off the covers on bowel cancer.
“Not only does this event go a long way to raising awareness of bowel cancer and how important early diagnosis and the screening programme is, it also gives an opportunity to raise funds to improve patient care and support research in South Wales where we can further develop our international reputation.”
Sarah Sinclair, who organised the event, said: “I would like to thank all the teams for taking part, Tom and Rhys, everybody who contributed to the wonderful selection of cakes, sweets and food, all those who donated wonderful prizes, and extra special thanks to Paul Gunter, Kay Dyer and everybody at Windsor Bowls Club for their wonderful support.”
Velindre Cancer Centre is the largest non–surgical cancer hospital in Wales providing radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other specialised anti–cancer treatments for over half the people of Wales. The centre has been providing support and care to cancer patients in South Wales for over 50 years.
On average every year Velindre Cancer Centre provides care, treatment and support for over 130,000 out patients and day cases.
Someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes, and it is estimated that by 2015 there will be a 30% increase in the most common forms of cancer. Thanks to early detection and better treatments more people in Wales are surviving cancer.