Coffee, cake, and good cheer were the order of the day – when the Mayor of the Vale held a St David’s Day coffee morning at University Hospital Llandough (UHL).
Mayor Coun Stuart Egan, who is also a Trade Union independent member of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, chose The Orchard Project and Penarth and District Lesotho Trust as the charities he wanted to support during his term in office.
The St David’s Day coffee morning took place at the Plaza in UHL, where a variety of stalls distributing information and selling local fare such as jams, pickles, cakes, tea and coffee, along with the Mayor’s own homemade Welsh cakes, which went down a storm. All proceeds from the event will be distributed between the two charities.
The Llandough Hospital Choir went along and performed a number of popular songs to visitors, patients and staff.
The Mayor said: “I’m really pleased to be able to support The Orchard Project. We are looking to transform 17 acres of land at the end of UHL into an orchard which will be fantastic.
“The vision for the project is mind-blowing. We’ll have an orchard, raised allotment beds that the patients can look after, wild flower meadow, herb garden and beehives to provide honey.
“The funds raised from the coffee morning will be distributed to The Orchard Project and Penarth and District Lesotho Trust to support the local school and a home for single mothers.
“I feel very proud of this hospital (UHL); this area is my home and where my office is. I love the place. All the staff here are wonderful and a credit to the NHS. This hospital still has a community feel and I very much feel like part of the family.
“As part of my fundraising, I have launched a charity cookbook. I contacted many people throughout the health board and local community and asked them to send in their favourite family recipes to me to publish.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support of these events.”
The Mayor’s cookbook is on sale with a recommended £3 donation to the charity. Copies are available at Mayoral events and in the Mayor’s office in the Town Hall, Barry.