Dog walk on the beach

Walkers put their best ‘paws’ forward

On Sunday, 9th April, eight dogs and their owners completed a three-mile walk from Castle Hill to Giltar Point in Tenby, raising £70 for the Nolan Charity Fund.

This was the first dog walk for the charity, and everyone that came along enjoyed the hour long walk, stopping for a well-earned hot chocolate or coffee at the end.

The Summer Charity Dog Walk will be in July. Further details will be posted on social media and the website in the coming weeks, but if you are interested in taking part in this or future fundraising walks, then email Sarah at the charity on [email protected].

Welsh Hearts Cheque Presentation

£15,000 shared by 11 beneficiaries across Wales

The home of Scarlets rugby hosted the charity’s second, annual presentation evening in April. In front of more than 50 invited guests and Llanelli Rural Council chairman, Cllr Stephen M Donoghue, each of the beneficiaries were welcomed onto the stage by trustees Nolan Nicholas and Robert Taylor to receive a share of £15,000.

The money raised last year has been donated to:

Alzheimer’s Society Cymru receiving £2,500 to help relocate their Tỳ Perthyn Day Care Support Service in Ammanford.

Carmarthenshire Youth Support Service’s Food Hamper and Toy Appeal receiving £1,000 to ensure that the project can continue to support children, young people and families in need in 2017.

Canolfan Elfed Inclusion Centre at Queen Elizabeth High School receiving £1,000 to help towards the purchase of a Rompa interactive projection system.

Hywel Dda Health Charities receiving £1,300 to purchase iPads and DVD players for the children’s wards at Bronglais, Glangwili and Withybush hospitals.

Ysgol Saron receiving £2,000 to purchase IT and play equipment for two pupils at the school with Down syndrome and Duchenne syndrome.

Welsh Hearts has received £1,400, which will pay for a new defibrillator and cabinet. The people of Carmarthen were asked to nominate their community or organisation, and the chosen location for the new defibrillator will be Carmarthen Quins RFC, Abergwili.

Y Bont will receive £1,000 to help subsidise a number of childcare and pre-school sessions for disabled children and their families.

Tenovus Cancer Care has received £2,000 as the Nolan Charity Fund charity of the year during 2016. The donation will help towards ongoing cancer care and research in Wales. During the two years working with the Welsh cancer charity, the Nolan Charity Fund has donated £7,000.

Happy Days will receive £1,240 to pay for 76 children from Port Talbot and surrounding areas aged 5-16 with ADHD and autism to have a day trip to Drayton Manor in Staffordshire.

Reach for the Stars received £1,000, which has purchased five mini iPads for the charity’s therapists to enable them to assess autistic children aged 2-5 years old and produce a programme of tailored treatment using applied behaviour analytic (ABA) therapy.

Tenby Surf Life Saving Club received £1,080, which has funded the purchase of 60 new rash vests for the club’s members; essential kit for the water-based training either in the sea or local swimming pool and for securing our future lifeguards.

Speaking after the presentation evening on 6th April, Nolan Charity Fund founder and trustee, Nolan Nicholas, said:

“It was a wonderful evening and a great way to mark two years as a charity.

“We have now donated over £25,000 to nearly 20 worthy causes in Wales since the charity began, and to recognise this year’s beneficiaries was a great honour for me.

“There are so many organisations that need a helping hand to realise their goals and aspirations and I am so please to see that the Nolan Charity Fund is able to do this to ensure all the good work in Wales can continue.”

Commenting on assessing the 2016 applications, Nolan Charity Fund trustee Robert Taylor, said:

“This year has been extremely difficult to choose. With almost 30 applications there were some very poignant stories and strong reasons for financial support being sought.

“I am honoured to be a trustee of the charity and to be able to benefit so many worthwhile causes in Wales through the work that we do.”

Photo of a gala dinner

Glitz and Glamour to end 2016

There may have been a chill in the air, but there was certainly warmth and generosity in abundance at the Nolan Charity Fund Gala Dinner, which raised over £7,000 for worthy causes in Wales.

The black tie event, held in aid of the charity, hosted 130 guests in the Merlin Suite at the Halliwell Centre, Carmarthen, on Saturday 3rd December. Guests were treated to a 3 course dinner and live band entertainment from Lenny Dee and his band Casual Affair.

Laughs were abound with former squash champion Adrian Davies taking to the mic and compering the evening’s events, which included a game of heads and tails, mannequin challenge, charity auction and raffle, all culminating together to raise £7,022.47 for the fund.

Sponsored by Delme Owens and Carmarthenshire Tyre Services of Johnstown, the event was the first gala dinner hosted by the charity. Commenting on the event, Nolan Charity Fund trustee, Nolan Nicholas, said:

“This was our first gala dinner and I am delighted to have seen so many people here this evening in support of the charity and the work that we do, and to enjoy a fun filled evening.

“I would like to personally thank my fellow trustee Robert Taylor and Delme Owens of Carmarthenshire Tyre Services for sponsoring the event. Delme has been a great supporter of the charity ever since its launch in 2015.  I am pleased the event has raised so much money, which means we can continue with the work we do and support many more organisations and individuals who need a helping hand now and again.”