BOU­QUET OF THE WEEK Tracey’s raised £86k for char­ity

South Wales Echo - - BOUQUET OF THE WEEK -

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.face­ events/1314843658641037/

If you know some­one who de­serves an Echo Bou­quet of the Week, email your nom­i­na­tion, with rea­sons and your name, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber to­desk@waleson­ You can also write to: South Wales Echo, Six Park Street, Cardiff, CF10 1XR. Usual Me­dia Wales terms and con­di­tions ap­ply and all nom­i­nees must agree to be pho­tographed.

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