Swansea Building Society has shown its support for a local cancer foundation through making a significant donation to the charity.
The Society has made the donation to the Golau Cancer Foundation through matching funds raised by a cancer survivor. Ralph Morgans from Carmarthen, a financial adviser and customer of Swansea Building Society, had treatment for cancer of the tongue in 2013.
Mr Morgans held a ‘staying alive’ event for his 70th birthday to fundraise for the Golau Cancer Foundation. The event raised over £3000, which was complemented by Swansea Building Society, enabling a donation of over £6000 to be made to the Golau Cancer Foundation.
Based in Swansea’s Singleton Hospital, the Golau Cancer Foundation is the official charity of the South West Wales Cancer Centre and is the second largest non-surgical cancer centre in Wales. It supports cancer patients and their families from across South West Wales and provides over 45,000 treatments to those with cancer every year.
Alun Williams, chief executive officer of Swansea Building Society, said:
“The Golau Cancer Foundation is an extremely important charity in the region and we are pleased to be able to make this donation to support the excellent work that the oncology unit does for cancer patients and their families. Ralph’s dedication to raising these funds is truly admirable, and as a customer of ours and a cancer survivor, we are proud to be able to provide this additional support for his efforts.”
Dr Martin Rolles, consultant oncologist, added:
“We are very grateful for this generous donation from Mr Morgans and his friends, and for the matched donation from Swansea Building Society. The support from our community in South West Wales is vital for Golau and for our cancer service.
“Back in 2013 Mr Morgans had to have a very tough course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He has shown that it is possible to make a complete recovery and get back to a full and active life after cancer.
“Cancer treatments are changing rapidly, and one of the challenges is to stay at the forefront of new developments, so that we can continue to develop a world-class service for South West Wales. Golau is central to this effort, raising money for training, research and development, specialist equipment, patient care and rehabilitation.”