Fundraising Heroes - Wales
Over the past few weeks we’ve been all over the UK celebrating our fundraising heroes, and this week we’re crossing the border to say a big ‘bore da’ to our supporters in Wales. Our Welsh fundraisers are often some of our most impressive and we’re eager to see if the same is true for this year’s batch of heroes.
There were some majestic sounds ringing out of south Wales this weekend, as The Hywel Girls Choir and Hywel Boy Singers presented ‘The Really Big Sing!’ at the Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli. The hotly anticipated concert was a sell-out smash, and those lucky enough to get a ticket were treated to stunning giant choruses and huge sing-a-longs. The Great Welsh Male Chorus also made an appearance, bringing the total number of vocalists involved to over three hundred. This all took place under the artistic direction of the world-renowned composer John Hywel Williams, and was held in aid of BBC Children in Need. To all the performers involved, we want to say a huge 'diolch’.
The Hywel Girls Choir and Hywel Boy Singers prepare for the âThe Really Big Sing!
Moving a little along the southern coast, we’re very pleased to hear that Little Dre, an up-and-coming young rapper from Port Talbot, is very kindly using his popularity to raise money for BBC Children in Need this year. Not only has he recorded and uploaded a new song in aid of the charity, but Dre will also be shaving his head. A big thanks to Little Dre for all of his efforts; we’re sure his fans will help make his fundraising efforts a success. If you’d like to show your support for Little Dre, you can make a donation here.
Methyr College is a large college catering to all post-16 students in the Methyr area, and this year, over six hundred students from the college will be undergoing a Dragons Den-style challenge this October as part of their studies towards the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification.
Students will be divided into smaller groups of ten and asked to pitch for a fundraising activity of their choice. Each group has been challenged with producing a different fundraising idea and the best ideas will be recognised and awarded. Each group has also been tasked with raising at least £100 for BBC Children in Need! With students of such a high calibre and potential as these, there’s certain to be some genius ideas produced, and we can’t wait to see some of these and celebrate some new fundraising heroes!
There were almost too many heroes to talk about this week, but we just want to give a special mention to Joshua Ormesher. Last year Joshua and his friends dressed up as superheroes and walked from Llanelli to Swansea (approximately 26 miles) raising a whooping £1,121.73 for BBC Children in Need, and they’re hoping to raise even more this year. They’ll be walking the same route on Saturday 2 November, but now dressed as cartoon characters. The walk takes about eleven hours and begins at 8.00am, so if you happen to see a group of cartoon characters strolling down your street, there’s no need to pinch yourself – just make a donation to them instead!
A huge thank you to our heroes – every donation helps children and young people right here in the UK. If you’re currently fundraising or just in the brainstorming phase, let us know! Just email your local address on this page to tell us what you’re up to. You can also get in touch by following us on Twitter, tagging @BBCCiN, and using our campaign hashtag, #beahero. We can help you to promote your fundraising events and maybe, just maybe, you could be a BBC Children in Need Fundraising Hero! Cymru am byth!