BOUQUET OF THE WEEK Tracey’s raised £86k for charity
A SOCIAL worker who has raised more than £86,000 in 10 years has been nominated as this week’s South Wales Echo Bouquet of the Week winner.
Tracey Davies is a volunteer for Velindre Cancer Care and was nominated by fellow fundraiser Melissa Haggett.
Tracey started volunteering for Velindre in 2015 after being introduced to the centre by her mother-inlaw and grandfather, who both received treatment there.
Melissa said: “Tracey works tirelessly to fundraise and her commitment and enthusiasm for fundraising is nothing short of incredible.
“Tracey has organised fundraising treks up Ben Nevis, multiple sponsored skydives, completed half marathons, our Ride with the Pride Bike Ride and Peru Trek, both in the same year, and holding multiple fundraising nights is to name but just a few.”
Tracey first started fundraising when her friend’s child Steph suffered a brain tumour and was given four years to live.
She said: “I wanted to send the family on holiday so they could have that time together.”
Another major event was to come shortly after, which prompted Tracey to keep fundraising. She said: “My nephew died in a car crash over 10 years ago and fundraising helped me to get over it. Just knowing that I was helping other people made it a little better. It helps me get rid of my stress.”
Tracey has raised more than £36,000 for Velindre, and has recently been named an ambassador. She said: “The staff there work so hard. It’s such a special place and the money goes straight back into the patients.”
Next weekend Tracey will take part in her 14th skydive, and has another one planned lined up. She said: “I have only ever skydived for charity. I’ve been doing it for over 10 years now.
In May Tracey will be climbing up Pen y Fan during the night three times with her daughter-in-law Emily. Over 400 people have signed up to the event on Facebook, which could raise up to £65,000 for Velindre from sponsorship money.
Tracey said: “It’s been emotional, as people have been explaining why they are taking part, from those who have family members at Velindre to those that are receiving treatment there.
“It’s been so popular that we have had to create three dates rather than one, like we intended.”
More information about the event can be found at www.facebook.com/ events/1314843658641037/
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