Wrexham care home fun day boosts fun for Catrin


Jonathan Grieve

A CARE organisation arranged a fun day with a serious purpose – to raise money for a courageous young woman who suffered terrible burns in a coach crash.

Face-painting, balloon models and live music were just some of the things on offer at the summer fair which took place at Pendine Park’s main site in Summerhill Road.

A portion of the money raised is to be donated to the Catrin Pugh Fund.

Catrin, 20, survived after suffering 96 per cent burns following a horrific bus crash in the French Alps.

She was returning home to North Wales after a stint working at a French ski resort when the coach crash happened in April, 2013.

Event organiser Tracey Green, Pendine Park’s enrichment project leader, said the event proved a big success with residents and families enjoying activities and looking at what was on offer at the many stalls.

She said: “I’m pleased lots of children and family members have been here visiting residents who are parents and grandparents.

“There has been a lovely atmosphere with everyone having lots of fun.

“We have had games outside – in between the rain showers – live music, balloon modelling, stalls, face-painting, and a raffle.”

Tracey, who joined in the fun as a face-painting artist for the day, added: “We also held a fundraising evening at a Bersham club in Wrexham, organised by Jen Roberts, acting registered manager of Gwern Alyn Care Home, which also raised funds for the Catrin Pugh Fund.

“It was a really good evening raising in excess of £150.”

Wrexham musicians Bill Bishop and Derek Gee entertained residents and guests at the summer fair by playing a string of 60s and 70s hits.

Mrs Roberts said the summer fair, despite the poor weather, had been a big success.

She said: “Everyone has had a good time and joined in despite the showers.

“I was also pleased the fundraising event we held in support of Catrin Pugh as part of the summer fair was also a hit.

“In total the evening raised more than £150 with people of all ages being made welcome. Pendine Park staff members Lynne Williams, Yvonne Moran and Diane Smith worked so hard on the raffle

“But I have to say we have had so much help from everyone. It really has been a big Pendine Park team effort.”

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