On his return to rugby, Matthew Rees tells Wales Online about his battle with cancer

In October last year, Matthew Rees was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Since then, the former Wales skipper has won his battle with the illness and returned to rugby. Here, he tells Simon Thomas at Mediawales, what the past six months have been like. Q: What did it feel like when you ran back onto that field last Saturday against Ulster? A: It was great...

READ MORE April 7, 2014

Medium Night Raises Over 2000 Thanks To Help From Barclays

A psychic medium night has raised over £2000 thanks to help from Barclays Bank. Over 90 people came to see award winning psychic medium Karen Wilson perform at the Village Hotel in Cardiff on Thursday 27th March. The evening was organised with the help of Jane Goodwin of  the Porth branch of Barclays Bank to raise funds for Velindre Cancer...

READ MORE April 2, 2014

Hugh James Rugby Lunch Raises 21,000 For Velindre

On Friday 28 March, Hugh James hosted a rugby lunch at the Millennium Stadium, raising more than £21,000 in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre. The lunch was organised as part of a year of fundraising activity Hugh James is undertaking for Velindre which culminates in the East Coast Bike Challenge in September. Matthew Tossell, Andrew Harding and Joe Purcell,...

READ MORE March 31, 2014

Cardiff author pledges book royalties to Velindre Cancer Centre

A Cardiff author’s award-winning story is set to help cancer patients at the city’s Velindre Hospital Patric Morgan’s book Do Not Go Gently was originally written as a blog and charts his father David’s battle with throat cancer. In 2012 he won the Best Writing on a Blog award at the Wales Blog Awards and decided later that...

READ MORE March 25, 2014

Jonathan Davies celebrates 5 years as Velindre Fundraising President

Rugby legend Jonathan Davies is celebrating five years as the president of Velindre Fundraising. Since working with the team, he has helped launch appeals, fronted fundraising campaigns and put on his own events to raise money for the treatment of cancer patients in Wales. Andrew Morris, head of fundraising, said: “We were absolutely delighted...

READ MORE March 24, 2014

Ospreys v Scarlets: Who's the brainiest in the West?

THE battle between the Ospreys and the Scarlets to be crowned the best in the west is always fierce. But next month some of Wales’s finest rugby players will come face to face in a battle of the minds, all in the name of charity. The Ospreys and the Scarlets will clash off the field when they go head to head in a Question of Sport special at the Towers...

READ MORE March 11, 2014

Cardiff singer set to wow crowds at Twickenham with stunning soprano voice

    Cardiff singer set to wow crowds at Twickenham with stunning soprano voice Annelies was chosen to sing the Welsh national anthem at today's Wales v England Six Nations match     Singer Annelies Kruidenier will perform at Twickenham She has tumbling long blonde locks, a mega-watt smile and a stunning...

READ MORE March 10, 2014

Gethin Jenkins and his team beat Tom Shanklin's team in a Cardiff Blues Question of Sport Special!

250 people watched Gethin Jenkins, Sam Warburton and Rhys Patchell beat Tom Shanklin, Martyn Williams and Rhys Williams by 2 points in a Cardiff Blues Question of Sport Special in aid of Velindre last night. It was very close with the 'past' team leading for tthroughout the first half, but  they were overtaken by the 'present' team in the 2nd half.  Both...

READ MORE February 28, 2014

Megaday raises 252,00 for Velindre!!

We are so proud to share this message with you! Organisers of the Megaday music festival are delighted to announce that last year’s Megaday event beat its target and raised over £20,000 for Velindre Cancer Centre. This means that the total now raised for Velindre by Megaday has smashed through the quarter of a million pound barrier, raising...

READ MORE February 28, 2014

Cutting-edge Radiotherapy Machine Delivered To Velindre Cancer Centre

Cutting-edge Radiotherapy Machine Delivered To Velindre Cancer Centre   Velindre Cancer Centre has taken delivery of a new radiotherapy machine – the first of its kind in Wales.   The radiotherapy machine, funded by a £4.6m Welsh Government investment, was carefully selected by experts at the Cancer Centre and will...

READ MORE January 29, 2014

Pupils to run Newport half-marathon to help fight cancer

FORTY pupils and staff from Rougemont School are running the Newport half marathon to raise funds for the cancer centre who have helped to support a number of their family members. Sixth form pupils at the Newport secondary school have chosen to fundraise for the Velindre Cancer Centre, based in Cardiff, which provides support for more than 1.5 million...

READ MORE January 27, 2014

Welsh legends go head to head for Velindre

Wales rugby legends and Velindre Patrons Martyn Williams and Sam Warburton go head to head in a Question of Sport special at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday 27 February. The event will pit the two famous British & Irish Lions number 7’s against each other in the fun quiz. Martyn will be heading up the Cardiff Past team alongside fellow...

READ MORE January 27, 2014

Velindre Annouce Rhod Gilbert As New Patron

After a special visit and tour of Velindre Cancer Centre yesterday, Velindre Fundraising are delighted to announce that Rhod Gilbert will be the latest high profile celebrity to become a Patron of Velindre, joining James Dean Bradfield, Sam Warburton and Martyn Williams. Last September Rhod was one of 50 trekkers who tackled the highest free standing...

READ MORE January 27, 2014

Tara raises a wonderful 850 in memory of her uncle!

Tara has raised a wonderful £850 in memory of her uncle through completing the Cardiff Half Marathon! Please see Tara's story below.   For those of you who don't know me I'm 23 years old, I have two beautiful children Ruby and Tyler, and a loving partner Chris. At the moment I'm a full time mummy trying to juggle motherhood along with...

READ MORE January 27, 2014

Dad focuses on USA cycle challenge after wife, 39, loses breast cancer battle

After losing his 39-year-old wife to breast cancer last year, a dad of two is putting all his efforts into raising thousands of pounds for a cancer charity. Dominic Bevan, from Miskin, lost his wife Danielle on May 18, just over a year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The 39-year-old is now determined to raise as much money for Velindre...

READ MORE January 23, 2014

Cardiff Blues stars get their heads shaved in support of captain Matthew Rees

Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton among the Blues players shaved to raise money for the Velindre hospital in Cardiff. A team full of clean-shaven heads will start for the Cardiff Blues tomorrow after the team took part in a sponsored headshave in honour of captain Matthew Rees. Gone were Leigh Halfpenny’s curls, Chris Czekaj’s trademark...

READ MORE January 3, 2014

Gavin and Stacey's star's 515km bike challenge

ACTOR Steffan Rhodri is the latest famous Welsh face to sign up for Velindre's East Coast Bike Challenge. The Gavin and Stacey star will be taking part in the five-day, 515km route from Boston to New York in September to raise money for the cancer centre. The ride begins in the capital of New England and one of America's oldest cities - Boston,...

READ MORE December 20, 2013

Santa and the Welsh Guards cheer patients just in time for Christmas

Santa's sleigh made a series of early pit-stops across South Wales today, delivering presents to hundreds of hospital patients ahead of the big day. Father Christmas was flanked by a detachment of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, Pudsey Bear and Top Cat as his merry mob meandered between wards. Delighted patients at Cardiff’s Velindre and Heath...

READ MORE December 18, 2013

Sam's Winter Walk Is Back!

Victorious British & Irish Lion Captain and Velindre Patron will be leading his Winter Walk again this year. Fresh from receiving the BBC Sport Team of the Year award, Sam will be stepping out on his 3rd Winter Walk which starts at 11.00 on Friday 27th December. The event will be raising funds for Velindre Cancer Centre, where Sam is a Patron. Sam...

READ MORE December 16, 2013

Win a Velindre pin badge below worth 50.00

Garth Mountain Silver has kindly donated this beautifully hand crafted, sterling silver, Velindre pin badge!! We are holding a raffle to win the Velindre pin badge below worth £50.00. Tickets are £1 per strip and are available from Jan Morgan in Cancer Services – all proceeds to Velindre Cancer Centre. Contact number 0 1875...

READ MORE December 5, 2013