Porthcawl Christmas swim and carnival team donate cash to local groups – Glamorgan Gem

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

By Philip Irwin

in Local People

A total of 26 local charities received donations from two of Porthcawl’s biggest charity events last Friday (February 5) at a presentation evening in the Hi-Tide Inn.

Porthcawl Buckaneers, organisers of Porthcawl Carnival and Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim, raised more than £12,000 over the two events, and that cash was shared out during the evening.

The Swim’s main beneficiary was Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat who were celebrating their 50th anniversary in the town.

John Abraham, the Porthcawl RNLI chairman, received a cheque of £3,000 on behalf of the lifeboat station.

The carnival’s main beneficiary was Ty Elis Counselling Service, which received £1,000.

Masters of ceremony for the evening, Dave King MBE and Jeff Tombes, representing the Buckaneers, presented cheques to Porthcawl Sea Cadets, Porthcawl Mayor’s Charity Fund, Porthcawl Parkinson’s Support Group, Porthcawl Rock Club, Trinity Care Club, Porthcawl Kidney Research, Porthcawl Lifeguard Club, St. John Ambulance, Porthcawl Fire Service, Ty Elis Counselling, Cornelly and District Community Trust, Porthcawl RFC – Junior Section, The Samaritans (Bridgend branch), Porthcawl and Pyle Pumas Amateur Boxing Club, Porthcawl Museum and Historical Society, the Sandville Self-Help Centre, the Glamorgan Holiday Hotel, Porthcawl Town Athletic FC, Porthcawl Coastguard Unit, PAWs, Marie Curie, Coast Watch, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Latch Caravan for Kidz, Porthcawl Stroke Club and Porthcawl RNLI.

The retiring Christmas Morning Swim chairman, Nicola Willis, said:?“Our guests commit many hours for the benefit of our community and we were delighted to give them some financial help.”

She thanked each committee for the hard work and support in putting on the two key events in Porthcawl’s calendar.

There were two other retirements announced on the night, both from the Christmas swim committee.

Ian Stroud retired after long service as press officer for the swim, while his wife, Linda, also stood down as secretary.

Ian was presented with a caricature portrait, and Linda received a ‘thank you’ bouquet of flowers.

During the evening, guests were entertained by Porthcawl Ukulele Band who, as usual, provided excellent entertainment.

The date of this year’s carnival was announced as July 23 and the theme will be ‘Life on the Beach’. Organisers will arrange meetings at the Hi Tide Inn, Mackworth Road Porthcawl to seek and discuss entries as ‘floats’ and ‘walkers’ and for any group, organisations or individuals who would be prepared to help with the event.

Photograph by Glyn Evans (See this week’s Bridgend and Porthcawl GEM for more photographs from the evening).

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