A weekend to support 20 years of St. David's Hospice

November 22, 2019

This weekend sees the community working together to support one of the most remarkable and inspirational organisations operating in the Conwy area.

On Saturday St David’s Hospice is planning a special one-off concert to mark it's 20 years of providing end-of-life care to the communities of North West Wales.

On Sunday, with the support of Colwyn Bay Rotary Club the Tree of Lights will be lit once again to support the organisation. The annual light switch on to remember loved ones will take place on the Cayley Promenade from 4.30pm.

St. David's 20th birthday will be marked at Llandudno’s Holy Trinity Church with the beautiful sounds of critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning harpist Catrin Finch and the harmonious voices of Côr Meibion Colwyn and Côr Glanaethwy.

A former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, she has been delighting audiences with her performances across the UK and worldwide, since the age of five both as a soloist, and appearing with many of the world’s top orchestras.

Catrin, who recently won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for her collaboration with Seckou Keita, is delighted to support St David’s Hospice. She said:

“As a performer, I believe it is important we dedicate our time to charity and take the opportunities to help where we can. It is important to put the time and effort into causes that we all may need one day.

“Performing for St David’s Hospice is special to me following what I went through last year with my cancer diagnosis. I, fortunately, didn’t have the need to use St David’s Hospice’s services, but it puts it into perspective that anything could happen to anyone at any time.

“I realise that we need the services of hospices more than ever and that’s why I value the opportunity to help.

“The concert itself will be a celebration of the Hospice’s 20 years in providing care in North Wales and I believe the crowds will be in the mood to celebrate, which makes me even more excited to perform in Llandudno in November. I think that a concert for a cause will always be special.”

On the night, Catrin will be performing a mix of classic compositions based on her own inspirations. There will be songs that people will be familiar with and will have heard before, plus original pieces such as her track ‘Clear Sky’.

St David’s Hospice Events Coordinator Rhian Jacobs said: “We are extremely excited to announce this event. The concert is a wonderful way to celebrate 20 years of care at St David’s Hospice.

“We feel very privileged to invite such an array of talent to Llandudno and Holy Trinity is a lovely church, so the audience will be entertained in stunning surroundings. It promises to be an evening you won’t forget.”

To hear Bayside Radio's special podcast on the Tree of Lights switch on please click here.

St David’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care services, completely free of charge, for adults across North West Wales.

Services include a 14 bed Inpatient unit, two Therapy Centres based in Llandudno and Bangor plus Hospice at Home and Outreach services.

The Hospice is a local charity, which has running costs of over £4million. It currently receives 12% of its funding from NHS and Welsh Government and therefore greatly relies upon on the generosity of the communities it serves.