Yee-Haa! Charity gets set for first charity barn dance

The National Botanic Garden of Wales will see wagons rolling into town this Saturday as the Nolan Charity Fund hosts it’s first charity barn dance.

The event, kindly sponsored by Castell Howell Foods, will welcome more than 100 guests who will be entertained by ceilidh, twmpath and barn dance band Pluck & Squeeze from Cardiff.

The fundraising event will raise money for local causes in Wales, including Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, who are this year’s Charity of the Year.

A raffle and charity auction will also be held on the evening to raise vital funds. A number of local businesses have kindly donated prizes and thanks go to Xcel Bowl Carmarthen, Newport Sands Pembrokeshire, Bluestone Spa and Experience Days for donating prizes.

Nolan Charity Fund Helps Improve Interactive Learning for Local School Pupils

The Nolan Charity Fund were welcomed by teachers and pupils of Ysgol Saron on 18 July 2017 to see how funds donated to the Ammanford school have been spent purchasing much needed IT and play equipment for two pupils at the primary school.

On arriving at the school, the charity’s trustees Nolan Nicholas, Robert Taylor and Dawn Morgan were welcomed with a rousing rendition of Abba as the Year 6 pupils rehearsed for their end of year show.

Ysgol Saron were one of 11 beneficiaries to receive a share of £15,000 from the Nolan Charity Fund earlier this year. The donation of £2,000 has purchased a wealth of interactive play and IT equipment for pupils Jake Abrahams who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Tilly Roberts Foster who has Down Syndrome.

Pictured with the specialist equipment are, front row (l-r):  pupils Angharad-Fflur Scourfield, Abigail Ranking, Robert Heaney and Adam Jones, and back row (l-r):  teacher Catherine Evans, Nolan Nicholas, Jake Abrahams, Robert Taylor, head teacher Gwenda Easton and Dawn Morgan.

On receiving the items bought with the money, Ysgol Saron head teacher Gwenda Easton said:

“The money awarded to Ysgol Saron will be used to further develop speech and language skills and fine motor skills of two pupils in our school, one with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the other with Down Syndrome.

“As a school we are very grateful of this award as our budget is unable to fund specialist equipment required to meet the needs of pupils with specific individual needs.”

On awarding the funds to Ysgol Saron, charity founder and trustee Nolan Nicholas said:

“We have received such a warm welcome from the teachers and pupils of Ysgol Saron today. I was delighted to have been able to award the school funding back in April and it is a pleasure to be invited here today to see what the money has bought and to meet Jake.

“Without our funding Jake and Tilly may not have received the much needed specialist equipment and it’s amazing to see what our donation has managed to purchase. I wish all the pupils including Jake and Tilly all the best for their future at the school and I am sure the items will make a real difference.”

Nolan Charity Fund helps keep Ammanford Dementia Day Centre open

Ty Perthyn, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru’s Day Centre service, in Ammanford which supports people affected by dementia, has reopened its doors after threat of closure following an increase in rental costs.

To ensure the day care service could continue, the decision was made to relocate to the shared office space used by the local Alzheimer’s Society Cymru Operations team. The move involved reconfiguring the existing office space to create two new rooms to deliver the service but at an additional cost to the charity. The Nolan Charity Fund, who chose the Society as a partner earlier this year, stepped in to make sure the refurbishment took place and people with dementia still had access to this vital service.

Sarah Cleevely, Fundraising & Events Manager for The Nolan Charity Fund said; “The Nolan Charity Fund is delighted to be working with Alzheimer’s Society Cymru this year. Having heard about the need to relocate the charity’s day support service at Ty Perthyn, our trustees were delighted to step in and start our year-long charity partnership with a donation of £2,500, which has gone directly towards the refurbishment to relocate the much-needed service to its new location.

Sarah continued; “After meeting the Day Centre team, you see first-hand the importance of this service to the people of Carmarthenshire.  I am extremely pleased that The Nolan Charity Fund has been able to support the continued use of the service for the people of Ammanford and the surrounding areas.”

Chris Stokes, Community Fundraiser for South West Wales, at Alzheimer’s Society Cymru said:

“We’re so grateful to The Nolan Charity Fund for getting involved and covering costs of the refurbishment for the day care service in Ammanford. Thanks to their support this vital service will continue from its new location.

“Dementia doesn’t care who you are; it could affect us all. It’s set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes, and so many people are facing it alone.  Alzheimer’s Society Cymru is here for anyone affected by dementia. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.”

Lifesaving Equipment for Carmarthen Quins RFC

The Nolan Charity Fund has donated £1,400 to Welsh Hearts to provide life-saving equipment to the community of Carmarthenshire. The new defibrillator and cabinet was presented to Carmarthen Quins RFC at their junior ground in Abergwili on 4th July by Welsh Hearts Charity Director Sharon Owen.

Welsh Hearts and the Nolan Charity Fund wanted the people of Carmarthen to decide where they thought the equipment was needed the most. Following a short public campaign the votes were counted and it was clear that there was an overwhelming response for Carmarthen Quins RFC to receive the equipment. The chosen location was announced at the Nolan Charity Fund’s presentation evening on 6th April, where alongside Welsh Hearts, a further 10 beneficiaries received funding from the charity.

As the equipment was handed over in the presence of Mr Brian Jones, M.B.E. President of Carmarthen Quins RFC, Nolan Nicholas, founder and trustee of the Nolan Charity Fund, Robert Taylor, Trustee Nolan Charity Fund, and Janet Bevans, Trustee Welsh Hearts, essential, lifesaving CPR & Defibrillator training was delivered to First, Youth and Junior teams plus family members and club volunteers. The training will be expanded with further sessions held to include the local community.

Sharon Owen, Welsh Hearts Charity Director said: “ We are delighted to have been supported by the Nolan Charity Fund. Each year, in Wales, approximately 8,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital. Without immediate attention, the chances of survival are around 3%. If CPR is performed and a defibrillator used within the first few minutes, the survival rate can be better than 50%.

“The generous donation allowed us to place a defibrillator and an external heated cabinet into Carmarthen Quins, which will help safeguard the players, staff and supporters in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.”

After the presentation, Nolan Nicholas of the Nolan Charity Fund said: “In just two and half years, the Nolan Charity Fund has been able to donate more than £25,000 to benefit nearly 20 organisations in Wales. I am delighted to have been able to help Welsh Hearts as one of our 2016-17 beneficiaries and to be here today to see how the new defibrillator will play an important part in saving lives. It is a cause close to my charity’s heart and I am delighted that we are able to make a difference in the local community and allow fellow charities to continue the vital work they do for the people of Wales.”

The Nolan Charity Fund was set up by Nolan uPVC managing director Nolan Nicholas with the aim of working hand in hand with worthy causes in Wales. Through money raised, the Nolan Charity Fund has been able to award grants to local charities, organisations and individuals requiring financial support.

Welsh Hearts, the leading heart charity for Wales provide communities with public access defibrillators and hold free CPR training & Heart Screening sessions to young adults across the whole of Wales.