Families of Gleision mine victims to share fund
A fund set up to help the families of four men killed in a Swansea Valley mining tragedy is to be shared among them after it was brought to a close today.
It is nearly a year since the tragedy, in which David Powell, 50, Charles Breslin, 62, Philip Hill, 44, and Garry Jenkins, 39, were killed after water burst into the Gleision drift mine in Cilybebyll.
Trustees of the Swansea Valley miners' appeal fund say the £1,091,667 raised will be shared between the four children of the men, who are under 18, and secured until they reach the age of 21.
Mr Hill's 21-year-old daughter is also set to receive money.
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The rest will be shared between close family members.
Ahead of a meeting with trustees and Peter Hain at his Windsor Road office today, the Neath MP said he was overwhelmed with the support the fund has received.
"When I launched the fund during press interviews in the aftermath of the tragedy I hadn't the faintest idea that it would reach these heights," he said.
"It is a moving antidote to the conventional wisdom that caring and generosity is a thing of the past.
"The response included large donations, monies from fundraising events and smaller donations — from pensioners giving all they could afford to children donating their pocket money, all contributed to achieving this phenomenal response."
Hundreds of generous people, companies and organisations across Wales, the UK and the world helped to raise the cash.
Kind-hearted shoppers at Swansea's Quadrant raised almost £6,000 and the Grand Theatre's panto stars helped raise £26,000 towards the fund.
Daily Mail & General Trust made a £20,000 donation which followed an earlier £5,000 donation from the Evening Post.