Former High Sheriff of West Glamorgan, Martyn Jenkins, presented Shelter Cymru Trustees’ Emma Howells and Sarah Lloyd-Jones with a donation of £5,000 at the High Sheriffs annual Garden party which took place at Margam Park Orangery on Saturday 11th July.
Martyn Jenkins said:
I chose to support Shelter Cymru as one of my charities because of their commitment to ensure everyone in Wales has a decent home to live in.
This years Garden Party was organised by the current High Sheriff of West Glamorgan, Mr Robert Redfern who has also chosen to support Shelter Cymru’s work, he said:
I want to support Shelter Cymru because I feel homelessness is a major cause of emotional distress and physical illness. There is a particular problem locally but with increased financial support, organisations such as Shelter Cymru would be much better placed to bring about a significant improvement in the quality of life for many vulnerable people.
During his year in office, Mr Redfern will be organising a number of fundraisers to include a Showjumping event at the Beacons Equestrian Centre near Ammanford, a Barn Dance on Saturday 3rd October in his home village Felindre and a Christmas Concert on 28th November at Margam Park Orangery with performances by pianist Mr David Mowle and violinist Ms Barbara Geller.
Louise Bennett, Head of Fundraising for Shelter Cymru said:
We cannot continue our work to prevent homelessness without such generous donations. We supported over 1,250 people in 2013-14 across Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot who were at risk of losing their homes or living in bad housing. Due to an increased demand for our services, we have recently launched a new national helpline at our Head Office in Swansea and our advice online continues to receive record numbers of enquiries with nearly 240,000 people visiting the advice section of our website last year. The support of the High Sheriffs of West Glamorgan is invaluable in our fight to end homelessness in Wales.