Ambassadors

We are very fortunate to receive fantastic support from a huge number of people.

To recognise this extraordinary support and commitment over the last few years we have appointed special Velindre Ambassadors. Their willingness to support, help and promote Velindre is hugely appreciated, and our Ambassadors help make a huge difference.

Our current Ambassadors are:

Paul Guy


“Great cause, Great People and its been Great fun raising funds for Velindre!”


Paul Guy

Richard Bradbeer


“I was invited to become a small part of the Velindre fundraising effort 5 years ago by contributing artwork for auction at the many events that are held each year. As part of a family that has been directly touched by cancer, I jumped at the chance. Since then I have had the opportunity to educate the pupils of the school in which I teach, produced a number of bespoke commissions for the hospital and work on a number of new projects. It has been an honour to play even the smallest part in the continued success of the Hospital of Hope.”


Richard Bradbeer

Jayne Griffiths


We first became involved with Velindre in 2010 when our late daughter Rhian was devastatingly diagnosed with cervical cancer Throughout a very fraught and tortuous 2 years thereafter when Rhian battled with the disease ,many hospital visits to the UHW, LLANDOUGH, ROYAL GLAMORGAN hospitals ensued for various procedures and operations but the bulk of her treatment was based at Velindre.

Throughout this time the treatment and palliative care received was both of superb standard and so empathetic to her needs…..simply amazing support …. regrettably though despite everything done Rhian passed away in June 2012 aged just 25 .. a very dark day indeed for our family In an effort to support the quite superlative work done at the Cancer Centre by volunteers, all medical staff, therapists, catering staff, and the fundraising team and fundraisers generally ,we have endeavoured to honour Rhian’s wishes and in an appropriate commemoration of her life by continuing to fundraise in her name .

We therefore invoked a Fund in her name following her passing now known as The Rhian Griffiths Forget Me Not Fund which through excellent support has funded many and varied projects at Velindre We are particularly pleased to have input as a family to any proposed spend from the Fund .. as do all our supporters We have also been privileged to be appointed as Ambassadors to Velindre as have our grandchildren Hari aged 7 ( he already has done much work in support )and Mil aged 2 in May who are appointed Young Ambassadors.

“We hope very much that our ongoing work as a family in support of Velindre generally and Rhian’s Fund in particular will continue unabated and also in support of the new VCC the construction of which we very much hope will start soon … a new world class Centre befitting the needs of the wonderful staff at Velindre and the population of South Wales as a whole.”


Jayne Griffiths

Gareth Way


“I’ve been an Ambassador since 2016. My support of Velindre started in 2009 after they provided unparalleled levels of palliative care to Mum. I’ll never be able to repay them for the support and comfort that they provided. The team at that work there are phenomenal and South Wales is privileged to have such an amazing facility on our door step. I’m not sure of the exact amount of money that my fundraising efforts have achieved, but each of them has been a pretty humbling experience.”


Gareth Way

Hugh Williams Jones


“Being an Ambassador for Velindre is an absolute privilege and I am humbled to be part of the Velindre Family. To be given the opportunity to not only raise funds, but also promote this astonishing hospital is truly something I am extremely proud to be part of. Long may it continue in The Victory Over Cancer #VOC ✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼”


Hugh Williams Jones

Julian Kelly


“I am very proud of being a Velindre Fundraiser & Ambassador which feels like being part of a wonderful family, that raise the funds necessary to provide incredible treatment and care to so very many. We all hope to never need their services, but those that have had the misfortune of needing to, all confirm that the service & care is second to none, and really earns Velindre the title of Hospital of Hope. Fundraising for Velindre is always a pleasure and never a chore”


Julian Kelly

Kim Pedlar


“Velindre for me, reminds me that in this tough old world there is hope. I have been fundraising for them for the last 5 years and the work and love that the teams provide not only to their patients but families, support units and loved ones is remarkable. I’m so honoured to be an ambassador and be able to help to support this incredible place. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer and I truly believe that giving something back, even if it’s small really is the least we can do. Thank you Velindre you really are extraordinary”


Kim Pedlar

Steve Jones


“I have supported Velindre since my Grandfather spent a few months there back in 1984 where he was cared for and loved. I took to fundraising in 2010 with the Captains Climb to Kilimanjaro, followed by Yosemite to San Fran, Boston to New York, Patagonia Trek, Ride the Rockies, East Coast challenge and I am now waiting for the 3 Canyons bike challenge to take place. Everyone at Velindre all help to make such a difference and if by fundraising I can make a difference then I will continue to support Velindre for as long as I can.”


Steve Jones

Steve Sullivan


I first started supporting Velindre back in 1995 after losing a close friend “Andrew Nichols” to cancer. He was nicknamed Mega, so we decided to put on a “one off” fundraising concert in his memory called Megaday. 26 years on, the annual Megaday event is still going strong, thanks to a passionate team of volunteers. It continues to raise much needed funds for Velindre, in a glowing tribute to Andrew, and other loved ones we’ve also lost along the way.

After organising Megaday for 20 years, I retired to start some new projects. A new donators database for Velindre Fundraising department and the Castle 2 Castle Run. Castle 2 Castle is an annual event where hundreds of runners run from Caerphilly to Cardiff Castle. It’s grown into a huge fundraiser, now superbly lead by fellow Ambassador, Stuart Buswell. We’re all delighted with its popularity and success.

“Over the years, I’ve seen first hand the amazing standard of treatment and care given to patients at Velindre. It provides vital support for patients and families who are going through the most difficult of times.

I’m always deeply moved by the personal touch Velindre provides, where going that extra mile just seems to be the standard. It’s not just what Velindre does, it’s the special way it does it.

Velindre has such a special place in so many peoples hearts. It’s a “hospital of hope”, where those touched by cancer have the best possible chance and where people are treated as people first and patients second. Velindre is a simply wonderful place and it’s been a privilege and a pleasure to support it.”


Steve Sullivan

Trevor Isaac


“It is a great honour and privilege to be a Velindre Ambassador. My wife nursed at Velindre and I have known many that have received treatment there over the years; the general care, professionalism and friendly nature of the staff is exemplary and it is a pleasure to continue to raise much needed funds for such a great and worthwhile charity!”


Trevor Isaac

Wayne Griffiths


We first became involved with Velindre in 2010 when our late daughter Rhian was devastatingly diagnosed with cervical cancer Throughout a very fraught and tortuous 2 years thereafter when Rhian battled with the disease ,many hospital visits to the UHW, LLANDOUGH, ROYAL GLAMORGAN hospitals ensued for various procedures and operations but the bulk of her treatment was based at Velindre.

Throughout this time the treatment and palliative care received was both of superb standard and so empathetic to her needs…..simply amazing support …. regrettably though despite everything done Rhian passed away in June 2012 aged just 25 .. a very dark day indeed for our family In an effort to support the quite superlative work done at the Cancer Centre by volunteers, all medical staff, therapists, catering staff, and the fundraising team and fundraisers generally ,we have endeavoured to honour Rhian’s wishes and in an appropriate commemoration of her life by continuing to fundraise in her name .

We therefore invoked a Fund in her name following her passing now known as The Rhian Griffiths Forget Me Not Fund which through excellent support has funded many and varied projects at Velindre We are particularly pleased to have input as a family to any proposed spend from the Fund .. as do all our supporters We have also been privileged to be appointed as Ambassadors to Velindre as have our grandchildren Hari aged 7 ( he already has done much work in support )and Mil aged 2 in May who are appointed Young Ambassadors.

“We hope very much that our ongoing work as a family in support of Velindre generally and Rhian’s Fund in particular will continue unabated and also in support of the new VCC the construction of which we very much hope will start soon … a new world class Centre befitting the needs of the wonderful staff at Velindre and the population of South Wales as a whole.”


Wayne Griffiths

Alan Patterson


“As a family, we have supported Velindre with donations and events for many years. This will continue, as we judge the brilliant care and treatment brought to so many is world class and we look forward to the day, when the new centre of excellence is built and fully operating”


Alan Patterson

Beverley Parry


“I am proud to be an Ambassador for Velindre the Hospital of Hope and raise much needed funding in Memory of my Mother in law and Father in law.”


Beverley Parry

Maggie Patterson


“As a family, we have supported Velindre with donations and events for many years. This will continue, as we judge the brilliant care and treatment brought to so many is world class and we look forward to the day, when the new centre of excellence is built and fully operating”


Maggie Patterson

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