10 Nov Welsh Celebrities Raise Funds for Ray Gravell and Friends Charitable Trust
A number of Welsh Celebrities attended a charity lunch last month, joining in efforts to raise money for the Ray Gravell and Friends Charitable Trust. Over 700 people attended the event, with stars from the world of rugby and media having attended during the afternoon to show their support. Household names including Ruth jones, Nigel Davies, Dafydd Iwan and many more were all in attendance for the cause.
The event began with a video outlining the work of the brilliant charity, which to date has raised one million pounds. The Ray Gravell Trust celebrates the life of the Scarlets rugby legend and broadcaster. With a mission to ensure that the passion, energy and spirit of this Welsh icon continues, the trust commits to organising charitable events by raising awareness for multiple causes.
During the event, Mr. Robert Williams MBE and Chairman of the trust paid great tribute to Ray Gravell and the people behind the trust. There was also a mention of the late Albert Francis MBE, who was a massive figure within the charitable trust and the West Wales Community.
Huw Edwards, the BBC newsreader, was appointed as Chief Guest for the event, and he also paid his own personal tribute to Ray Gravell. He spoke to the audience about his father’s close friendship with Gravell, and some of the fabulous memories that they shared together. Like other guests during the event, he paid great tribute to the Welshman, dedicating time to remember how much Ray had achieved during his life.
In order to treat the guests to a glimpse of the diverse life of Ray Gravell, BBC Wales put together two videos which included glimpses of his life with his family and his love of the Welsh Language and culture. Additionally, the audience was shown a video tribute to Albert Francis, who had settled in Llanelli and become a larger than life figure in the community. Due to being one of the founders, he played a huge part in establishing the Ray Gravell and Friends Charitable Trust.
To raise funds for the charity, there was both a raffle and auction at the event, managed by Josh Daniels who also took to the stage to offer tribute through a comedic song.
The fundraiser started at 1pm, and went on for majority of the afternoon/evening, with all guests sharing memories and laughter. Dafydd Iwan, one of Ray’s great friends, closed proceedings with renditions of some of his inimitable songs.
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