Dedicated fundraiser Esmor ends the year with a special party

Reporter:

Lois Hough

TIRELESS fundraiser Esmor Davies has done it again.

Not content with raising thousands of pounds for charity, the Buckley businessman hosted a monumental party for 100 children with special needs.

The 65-year-old, who heads his own construction company, hosted a party at Sychdyn Memorial Hall for youngsters from theatre group Buzz-AH and residents of
Plas Bellin Hall in Northop Hall, which is run by the Save the Family charity.

Award-winning Welsh pianist Annette Bryn Parry gave a recital and singing sensation Lucy Kelly, from Anglesey, who has been tipped as the next Charlotte
Church, also gave a performance.

A magician, balloon modeller, a tasty buffet and a surprise visit from Father Christmas was rounded off with a fireworks extravaganza.

Esmor said: “I’m pleased that I can do a little bit because it makes the world a better place for these children.

“It was great to be able to give back to these people who are all talented in their own little way. I’m proud at 65 that I can still do this and spread a little joy.

“It was a pleasure to help out Save the Family because without them we would be a very poor country.

“We have to show respect to these young people.

“My daughter Carys and friend Jacqui Bird helped prepare a wonderful feast which was enough to feed the five thousand.

“It was thoroughly enjoyable.”

It is not the first time that Esmor has performed a good deed to help others. He gave up Christmas Day to make lunch for dozens of homeless families at Plas
Bellin Hall to help the Save the Family charity.

In September he organised a concert in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, in memory of Lance Corporal Alan Cochran, 23, from Pentre Halkyn, who was killed in Afghanistan in June, and senior aircraftsman Peter McFerran, 24, of Connah’s Quay, who was killed during a mortar attack in Iraq in 2007. In 2002, Esmor and a small army of helpers also carried out £70,000 of adaptations to the home of engineer Ian Hunt, from Buckley, who was left paralysed after a motorcycle accident.

Esmor added: “We have had a very successful year and I thoroughly enjoy helping out where I can.

“My family have been my backbone throughout this and I could not have done it without their support.”

This year Esmor and his workers are heading out to Kosovo to build a riding school for local people.

His next project is a concert at St Asaph Cathedral to raise money to support soldiers with missing limbs at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.

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