The Hughes family organised a 24 hour pool marathon that raised £2500
Intensive Care Unit benefits from family fund raising
from left to right Thomas Hughes, Lewis Hughes, Rachel Meredith, senior staff nurse / critical care Outreach, and senior staff nurse Karen Phillips
A FUND raising event has been held in memory of Aberfan local resident Michael Hughes.
Sadly Michael, 53, passed away in the intensive care unit at Prince Charles Hospital in April 2013.
His son Lewis, 24 along with Aberfan Social Club steward Adrian Hughes, arranged a pool marathon lasting 24 hours on November 13 in the Aberfan Social Club to raise funds for the unit.
Speaking about the care his father received Lewis said: “We are very grateful for the very special care my father received from the truly dedicated team of staff at the hospital.
“The compassion shown and support given to my family at this time was outstanding, knowing my father was being treated with dignity and respect was a great comfort to us all.
We will always be eternally grateful to you all.”
The tournament began at 6 pm on a Friday evening and members of the club’s two pool teams took part along with a few friends.
Michael’s wife, Susan, 50, son Thomas, 19 and other family members were there to support the players.
After 24 long hours and numerous games of pool, the winner was finally announced. Michael Hughes received the trophy from Lewis Hughes and steward Adrian Hughes
Sponsor forms were completed and buckets were filled and the total raised came to a whopping £2,500.
A presentation was made by the family to the staff of the unit at Prince Charles Hospital on April 2, 2014.
Helen Kearney, senior nurse critical care said: “On behalf of the staff of intensive care, we are very grateful to Mrs Hughes and her family for the donation of £2,500 to the unit.
“We are overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the family. The staff very much appreciate the donation which enables us to ensure our high standards of patient care are continuously maintained.”
As the event was so successful, it is anticipated that the tournament will now be held annually in memory of Mr Hughes.
The family would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated so generously and to all who took part including Green King brewery who paid for the trophies, Lewis caterers for donating the food and also to the committee of Aberfan social club for funding the pool games.
Source: Cwm Taf University Health Board