A CHARITY providing free courier services to the NHS in Wales was presented with a £1,000 cheque in Rhyl on Saturday (April 27).

Blood Bikes Wales is run by volunteers and delivers blood samples, plasma, donated human milk, documents and more throughout the country.

At Rhyl Rugby Club on Saturday, Blood Bikes Wales representative Phil Hackney accepted the cheque from Mair Roberts, on behalf of Bethan’s Happy Knitters.

Mair’s daughter, Bethan, was a staff nurse at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, but sadly died in April 2013 having been diagnosed with breast cancer the previous June.


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She said: “My daughter decided that, for Easter 2011, a few of us would knit Easter chicks with Cadburys Creme Eggs in them and sell them for charity.

“We have done the knitting every year since in her memory. She had two lovely girls; Alice was nearly two, and Mia was five.

“She made me promise that we would carry on knitting them each year, which we have done, and also started doing Christmas knitting with chocolate oranges in them.

“In total, we have raised approximately £10,000, and each year we give the money we raise to a different charity.

“This year, we are donating £1,000 to Blood Bikes Wales, and this Christmas, we will be giving money raised to the Salvation Army in Rhyl.

“Thank you to all the knitters; mostly NHS staff, and thanks to the stores and people who donated the Creme Eggs.”

Phil added: “We are blown away by this very generous donation from Mair and the team of knitters.

“The charity relies 100 per cent on donations from the public and businesses to enable it to continue its essential work for the NHS.

“Every penny donated goes towards keeping the wheels rolling.”