Swansea Labour councillor and Gorseinon mayor Andrew Stevens has been involved in raising money for two good causes after taking part in a seasonal five-a-side football tournament.
The Christmas football tournament at Gower College was the third of its kind with members of the local community coming together to raise money.
This money was raised for the Brain & Spine Foundation, and Cardiac Care at ABMU, the latter is something Cllr Stevens is raising money for during his 12 months as Gorseinon Mayor.
The event was a huge success, with more than 70 people raising £500.
“It was a great day and I was delighted to help raise money for two such important causes. A particular thanks goes to organiser Stu Lynch who put in a lot of work to get the event up and running,” said Cllr Stevens.
“Stu played with Richard Thomas and myself at Loughor RFC so the Cardiac Care charity is a cause close to our hearts.”
Cardiac Care is particularly personal to Cllr Stevens whose close friend and Loughor RFC team-mate Richard Thomas died last summer of cardiomyopathy at Singleton Hospital, a condition in which the heart’s ability to pump blood is decreased.
Former soldier Richard, known to his many friends as Decky, was just 29 when he died in June after being diagnosed with the condition in 2011.
Added Cllr Stevens: “It was great that we had Decky’s father Dai Thomas and brother Jason Thomas both playing and. Dai was the star
of our team in goals, he kept us in it.
“Let’s just say with a team of rugby players, playing five-a-side football isn’t exactly our forte!”
Loughor RFC team captain Jon Bowen said: “It was good day and excellent to see so many people turn out for a such a worthy cause over Christmas.”
Currently Cllr Stevens’ Justgiving page has raised almost £7200 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andrew-Stevens
CAPTION: L-R Decky’s HeadHunters – Emil Purzycki. Rory Saunders, Andrew Stevens, Chris Beale, Dai Thomas, Jason Thomas, Trever Jones, Jonathan Bowen.