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AVOW and Nightingale Busy Improving Our Community

AVOW and Nightingale Busy Improving Our Community

AVOW and Nightingale House Hospice have been very hard at work over the last few weeks!


Firstly, the Chair of the Charity Commission, Orlando Fraser KC, visited the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham’s (AVOW) offices at Tŷ AVOW.

Mr Fraser learnt about the challenges facing the Third Sector in North Wales, and explored ways for the Charity Commission to support these organisations within Wrexham County Borough. Approximately 100 members and guests attended The Annual General Meeting of AVOW at the Glanrafon Conference Hall, Coleg Cambria, Wrexham.

Councillor Peter Howell, AVOW Chair, extended a warm welcome to the Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales. Who was the guest speaker at the meeting. Mr Drakeford said, “Nobody works alone in Wales; we all have the resources to respond to public needs. By working towards the future together, no organisation ever has to feel they’re on their own”.

Mark Drakeford - by AC Creative
Mark Drakeford – Photo by Adam Crump, AC Creative

The Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt MS, visited the AVOW Play Team and Community Development Team at “The Land” in Plas Madoc. The Land is a donated-junk playground serving children from Plas Madoc and beyond. The Minister saw the positive impact that AVOW is having on the community. With the aid of The National Lottery Community Fund, the Play and Community Development Team is building on its existing play and youth provision.

Activities include play schemes, and social and employment skills for young people. The £485,861 grant will also support parents, carers, and families over the next five years. If you would like to contact AVOW, email info@avow.org or phone 01978 312 556. Alternatively, visit avow.org.

AVOW and Nightingale Busy Improving Our Community

Nightingale House Hospice

Secondly, the Oswestry Balloon Carnival was a huge fund-raising success with over 20 hot air balloons of all colours and shapes taking to the skies.

The two-day event in August was one of the most successful in its five-year history, raising over £34,000 for patient care at Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham. There’s no stopping a group of 23 fundraisers who have just completed the latest in a series of overseas challenges in aid of Nightingale House Hospice.

Hot Air Balloons

The group has just completed a seven-day, 66k trek reaching the 5,895m summit of the famous Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In doing so, they have now topped a remarkable £100,000 fundraising target.

This was the hospice’s fourth international challenge and had been postponed in 2021 because of the pandemic. Remarkably, it took place just eight weeks after some of the group had returned from completing the Inca Trail trek in Perú.

The team is already planning its next challenge, the Camino de Santiago trek, in October 2023. Anyone interested should contact bethan. scott@nightingalehouse. co.uk. To donate, go to justgiving.com/campaign/nhhkilimanjarotrek2021.

AVOW and Nightingale Busy Improving Our Community

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