Frontline staff members raise funds for their wards.

Frontline staff members raise funds for their wards.


Staff nurse Fiona Brinkworth is raising money to provide iPads and tablet computers for her patients.

Ward B2 at the University Hospital of Wales lost its televisions last year, and since then Fiona has been fundraising in her spare time to try and find alternative sources of entertainment.

"Some of the patients spend months on the ward, so filling their time is important. Fiona is aiming to raise £4,000 so she can provide iPads or tablet computers for every bed on the ward".

"I don't mind doing it in my free time. I just want to see the patients happy really, because I'm here for twelve hours a day. If they're happy, I'm happy... we're all a big family on this ward".

Fiona's fundraising is the talk of the ward. So far she's held a summer fete, run a marathon and - to the astonishment of her colleagues - sat in silence for six hours.

Wayne Courtney, Health Care Support Worker on ward A6 South has been employed by Cardiff and Vale UHB for the past nine years. During this time he has founded and organised the Great Roath Bake Off and the Roath Rocks Music Festival. All funds raised from these hugely successful events are donated to local charities and to Wayne's wards; A6 South, which is an acute stroke ward, and A6 North, which is a spinal injury ward.

These events continue to grow in popularity, with the Great Roath Bake Off returning for its fifth consecutive year. The bake off has been described by the local press as "The biggest baking competition in Wales, attracting keen bakers from all over the country."

With celebrities on the judging panel as well as food critics and food bloggers, the Great Roath Bake Off is a great day out for all the family, as well as raising money for good causes.

Wayne also organises the Roath Rocks Music Festival which runs in October each year. Roath Rocks is a series of gigs held in pubs, cafes and clubs in Roath with proceeds going to local charities and to both A6 wards.

Wayne said: "I really enjoy organising these events. I hope to build on last year's success and raise even more money for our charities plus bring as many people to Roath to enjoy our events."

This year's Great Roath Bake Off returns on May 9th at St Andrews Church Hall, Wellfield Road. There will be celebrity judges and guest appearances, and also music from some of South Wales' best music acts.

For more information, visit the website roathbakeoff.blogspot.co.uk or follow @Roath_bake on Twitter.

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