Former soldier to raise funds for forces charities
ORGANISERS of an event for two forces charities have praised the community around them for their help.
Phil Gilroy, a former soldier and friend Gareth Davies, have spent the last 10 months organising a charity auction at Crynant Rugby Club, in a bid to raise money for Help for Heroes and the Poppy Appeal, on October 26.
"It all started on New Year’s Eve, in the disco at the club, when I came up with the idea — but told people that I needed their help," said Mr Gilroy.
Mr Gilroy, who is a former member of the Royal Regiment of Wales and then the Royal Welch, and has travelled to Germany, Kosavo and Iraq, said he chose the charities because of the work they do to help people who are his former colleagues.
"We decided to hold it in October, making Remembrance Sunday the focal point, because it’s very, very soon after," said fellow organiser, Gareth Davies.
"Both charities are massively worthy and everyone can relate to them.
"The Poppy Appeal gets overlooked quite a lot, so we wanted to focus on that as well.
"The Crynant community has a massive history with the armed forces, a lot of people have given up a lot for serving their country."
The auction — which will include prizes from signed Swans shirts and other sports equipment, to stays at hotels — will start from 7.30pm.
But during the day, a coffee morning will also be held at the rugby club, from 11am to 2pm, in aid of the charities.
"The community is really behind both charities," said Mr Davies.
"We’ve had so many prizes donated for the auction and raffle and the tickets have already sold out. There’s a waiting list now."
Communities across the Dulais Valley have also been knitting hats to be sent out to serving soldiers, while a quiz night will also be held at the rugby club on October 19. To donate prizes to the events, call 07814 127555.