A Year 13 student has raised a fantastic £580 for the Chemotherapy Day Unit at Glangwili Hospital.

Begw Fussell, from Efailwen, organised a concert in her local village chapel back in December to raise the funds.

She said: “It was an event to bring the community together. I live in a community with a lot of elderly people and putting on this event on meant they could all have the chance to enjoy each other’s company. Myself, Jess Robinson, Esyllt Thomas, Ffion Thomas and Sioned Llewellyn all performed.

“Over the past years I have raised money for Macmillan, Paul Sartori, and for a local defibrillator which is now in full use.

“I have seen a big rise in the amount of people I know battling cancer. I feel the Chemotherapy Unit in Glangwili supports so many families and individuals along their path to recovery. Two of my friends lost their mothers to cancer in the past years and I feel every chemo unit should receive the best support from their community, we'll never know when we may need them.

“It was a very rewarding night. The community left lovely comments. Everyone is now asking when the next one is!

“Thank you to our music teacher, Eilyr Thomas, and to the whole community who are always ready to support me with all my fundraising events.”

Nicola Llewellyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to Begw for organising the concert and raising a fantastic £580.

“The support of our local communities enables us to provide services over and above what the NHS can provide in the three counties of Hywel Dda and we are extremely grateful for every donation we receive.”

For more details about the charity and how you can help support local NHS patients and staff, go to www.hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk