A HOTEL, spa and golf course in Caerphilly has helped to raise around £11,000 for a cancer centre.

On Friday, February 2, Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel and Spa in Caerphilly hosted a Grand Charity Ball in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre. 

It was a black tie event where wearing a touch of red was encouraged for the #WearRedForWalesandVelindre campaign. The Fairway Suite, where the event was held, was also lit up red in honour of the event.

In January 2017, Robert Noakes, started to fundraise for Velindre Cancer Centre, and set himself a target of £5,000.

The charity was chosen after the fantastic support the team has given his wife over the last 18 months, who has been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. 

Throughout the year several charity events were held at Bryn Meadows including a 70’s Disco in Winners Bar and a swim-a-thon in Fusion Wellness Leisure Club. 

The fitness team also raised money through their Train a Trainer event, where leisure members are encouraged to get their own back by making a donation for a 10 minute timeslot. 

Other fundraising events organised in conjunction with Mr Noakes and the FGW Lodge included a cycle from Cascade in Caerphilly to Port Eynon in Swansea and a horse racing event. 

The Grand Charity Ball started with a prosecco drinks reception, followed by a 3 course dinner. 

Guests were then entertained by former Wales rugby international Matthew J Watkins, with a question and answer session. 

He also spoke about his own battle with cancer, and the treatment and support he has received from the Velindre.

A cheque was handed over to Michael Locke from Velindre Cancer Centre on the night for £10,419. 

On the evening an additional £500 was also raised through a raffle with donations including a ship experience from Challenge Wales.   

Michael Locke said: "Velindre Fundraising has been incredibly lucky to benefit from Robert’s tireless efforts. His determination and commitment have been inspiring, and this amazing amount is testament to that.

"Thanks must also go to the wonderfully supportive team from Bryn Meadows, whose ongoing efforts proved vital to Robert’s success. This amount will make life changing differences to our cancer patients and their families.” 

Velindre is Wales’ cancer centre, providing care, support and treatment to cancer patients and their families.

The money raised through fundraising goes towards research, staff training, education and ultimately to get positive outcomes for patients.