Fiftieth Wedding anniversary provides golden opportunity for fundraising

Like many others, Sandy and Steve Neville wanted to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with family and friends.

However, they went a step further and invited all the residents of Cymystwyth, near Devil's Bridge in Ceredigion, to help celebrate their important day.

The pair hosted a village fete, with games, stalls, raffles, auction and the village choir, and the day raised a massive £2250 for two charities. Half was donated to Blood Bikes Wales, a voluntary group that provide blood transportation to the entire country out of hours (the NHS only covers Mon-Fri 0700-1900). The other half was given to Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team, of which their son Dave is an active member.

Grand-daughter Skye then rattled the bucket and ensured that everyone had less to carry home by taking all their loose change, raising a further £58.75.

Dave was greatly impressed by their efforts. “On behalf of Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team I’d like to say a massive thanks to my parents and the generosity of all the residents of Cymystwyth. I think there are only around 90 households in the whole village so this is awesome amount to be donated, and we are very grateful.”