Photo – pictured: Darling Downes Traction Steam Engine at the recent Mid Summer Mayhem Family Fun Weekend
The Mid-Summer Mayhem Family Fun Weekend was held the last weekend in June at The Plough Inn, Sageston in aid of the Paul Sartori Foundation, Pembrokeshire’s only hospice at home service, raising just over £1,000.00.
The weekend promised lots of family fun and delivered in buckets; with a car boot sale, bouncy castles, indoor stalls, family fun and games, kids disco and music by The Stangs. The Paul Sartori also auctioned a number of prizes generously donated by individuals and local businesses. The event invited people to camp on site, making use of the facilities at The Plough Inn.
Visitors to the event got the opportunity to see the star attractions which were two wonderful steam engines brought along by Richard Scourfield; Joe Chamberlain, a 3 speed 5 ton crane, built in 1909 and Darling Downes, built in 1906 and was re-patriated from Australia – both were a great sight and endured great curiosity.
“This event has been held for a few years now and is gaining great support from local and away supporters”, said Toni Dorkings, Community Fundraiser from the Paul Sartori Foundation, “all funds raised go back into supporting our services”, added Toni.
The services provided by the Paul Sartori Foundation are free of charge, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and enable people who are living in the later stages of life to die at home if that is their wish. With dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear.
“The atmosphere is very special and relaxed, giving kids plenty to do and the parents an opportunity to relax”, mentioned Judith Williams Paul Sartori’s Fundraising Coordinator, “the auction was great fun with great prizes including a mid-week break in a pod at the Fishguard Bay Resort”.
Next year’s event will be held the last weekend in June.
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Pictured: Anne Hughes and some of the Letterston Singers for Sartori present a cheque to Toni Dorkings, Community Fundraiser at the Paul Sartori Foundation
A huge thank you to everyone who has been along to any of the eight ‘Sing for Sartori’ sessions that have been held – so far! – in Cardigan, Newport, Dinas, Solva, Johnston, Haverfordwest, Roch and Letterston. The events drew together such a variety of singers, some very experienced indeed, others admitting to not having sung since junior school, with quite a number who had been told that they couldn’t sing at all – just not true! Altogether, nearly three hundred people raised their voices for Sartori, the youngest a baby and the oldest in their 90s, with many really committed singers coming to all of the sessions. That’s real dedication! All of the events were free with retiring bucket collections, raising a quite wonderful £866.03 for the Paul Sartori Foundation.
So what did the singers think?
‘What great fun we all had and it sounded wonderful. Thank you Anne, more of the same please.’
‘ I have never sung in a choir before and found it an exhilarating experience. Thanks to your expertise and enthusiasm I had a wonderful afternoon.’
‘We were singing all the way home – we had a great time.’
‘We had a BRILLIANT time yesterday. The songs were a very varied mixture and the focus was absolutely on enjoying the buzz of singing with a like-minded group. The thing that really bought the event to life was the just amazing infectious enthusiasm of Anne Hughes. She definitely brought out the best in us all and I’m sure that I’m right in saying that everyone left the venue with a smile on their face 🙂 . . . AND we raised quite a bit of money for Paul Sartori. What is there not to like!’
Future Singing for Fun Sartori events include:
‘Sing for Sartori’ on 26 June at 3pm (All Saints’ Church, Walton West, Little Haven, SA62 3UB), a free come-and-sing session – with a bucket collection – for anyone wanting to have a go at singing; experienced and completely inexperienced singers equally welcome!
‘Raise the Roof for Sartori’ on 14 July at 7pm (HPB St Bride’s Castle, St Bride’s, SA62 3AL),a ticket only event, every penny going to the Foundation; tickets are £5 each and must be booked in advance from 01646 636717.
‘Sing for Sartori’ on 7 August at 3pm (by Anchor House B&B, Broad Haven seafront), a ‘come-and-sing’ session, with delicious cream teas on offer!
If you would like information on any of these events or, indeed, on Singing for Fun, which is starting new light-hearted singing groups in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, do feel free to contact Anne on 07742 576031, firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website Singingforfun.co.uk (SfF in West Wales page).
Dedicating over 30 years for the Paul Sartori Foundation
By Judith Williams
As I sit down to talk to Gwyneth Evans, volunteer in Fishguard for over 30 years at the Paul Sartori Foundation, it is clear to me that her dedication and enthusiasm has helped shape the Foundation. She has followed a journey of fantastic fundraising proportions and she needs now, after 30 years of various volunteering duties, to take some time for herself and her other community commitments in her beloved Fishguard town.
Gwyneth is one of Paul Sartori’s dedicated volunteers, who due to ill health herself as a child, recognised the need for the services that the Paul Sartori Foundation offer to Pembrokeshire people living in the later stages of a life limiting illnesses. Gwyneth added “when I was introduced to the Foundation, I thought that the concept was brilliant and I wanted to help and support people suffering in my community”.
Gwyneth’s passion grew from the early 1980’s starting to help with House to House collections, and then went onto raise funds holding Coffee Mornings, Fashion Shows involving her friends and family and Rainbow Bazaars.
Approached by the Foundation during 1999, Gwyneth was asked to help set up the Sartori Store in Fishguard, her “Give it a go” phrase saw her achieve the rent on the building for the week in the first day, and she has never looked back since!
Like all volunteers, Gwyneth admits that her fellow volunteers have become more like friends and she could not have done and achieved great things without them.
Her love for involving the community, has welcomed great characters to her role within the Paul Sartori Foundation, where she will be sadly missed. Gwyneth has found that recently managing two stores and volunteers has left little time for her other community commitments, namely her involvement in the Lions Club, Fishguard Senior Citizens Committee and the Friendship Club, along with a Craft Group which she holds regularly every Tuesday evening at the Transition Café in Fishguard.
Gwyneth, is clearly a humble lady, who has been through her own set of difficulties throughout her life and has embraced the Paul Sartori Foundation and been a loyal volunteer. “Volunteers like these are hard to replace, so we will miss her dearly”, spokesperson Sandra Dade, Charity Manager of the Foundation, “The Foundation has been very fortunate to have had Gwyneth’s involvement over the years, especially given her work and other community commitments. Our shops and fundraising efforts would not be as embedded in the community without her local knowledge, drive and passion”.
Charles Clewett, Chair on behalf of the Paul Sartori Foundation said, “the volunteers are the backbone of the charity of which Gwyneth has been an exemplary leader and Ambassador for the charity.”
The services provided by the Paul Sartori Foundation are free of charge, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and enable people who are living in the later stages of life to die at home if that is their wish. With dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear. Further information on the charity, please visit www.paulsartori.org, or phone 01437 763223.
Photo – pictured: Gwyneth accepting a cheque on behalf of the Paul Sartori Foundation from Joanne member of the Ladies Darts League