Supporters join camper convoy for the April Jones Fund
A PINK-COLOURED fundraising convoy of VW camper vans has made the journey from Carmarthenshire to Aberystwyth to boost the April Jones Fund.
Supporters from Carmarthenshire were moved to decorate 30 vehicles with pink ribbons along with between 80 and 100 balloons as they wound their way from Cross Hands to Aberystwyth yesterday.
They were requesting donations for the balloons towards the fund and for them to be released into the sky for the five-year-old.
Police are still continuing the search for April, who was last seen in a street near her home in Machynlleth, Powys, on October 1.
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Mark Bridger, 46, has been charged with murder and child abduction.
Event organiser Jason Young, of Llandeilo, said: "We held the convoy to jog people's memory of April and to raise cash for her fund and hopefully encourage more people who will help the fund as well.
"We collected 80 to 100 balloons and we were asking people to donate towards the balloons and release them for April.
"We will be giving the money to April's Fund — we have had lots of donations."
He said the journey to Aberystwyth took nearly two hours, where the group released between 50 and 100 balloons in honour of April when the convoy arrived at the town's promenade car park.
The balloons and ribbon were donated by local businesses towards the fundraiser, including Llandeilo-based firms Nice Price Papers and Pinc Florists.
Mr Young, 40, a bricklaye and stonemason said he understood a substantial sum of money had been collected for April's fund so far.
"The last I heard the fund had reached £20,000 with the donations," he added.
Charity champion Val Newton, 72, from Maesybont in Carmarthenshire, was collecting outside Morrisons supermarket in Carmarthen on Saturday.
Dyfed-Powys Police has said a search of the area around April's home town continues at the "same level of intensity" as last week.
Officers said the search of the small market town was almost complete.