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January 2021

Sandy Bear named Port of Milford Haven’s Charitable Cause of the Year

Sandy Bear named Port of Milford Haven’s Charitable Cause of the Year

Staff at the Port of Milford Haven have chosen Sandy Bear Childrens Bereavement Charity to be their official charitable cause of the year throughout 2021. Each year employees vote for a Pembrokeshire-based charity to receive both financial and in-kind support for twelve months.

Ceri Crichton, Charity Development Lead for Sandy Bear is delighted with the news, commenting “We want to thank the team at the Port of Milford Haven for voting for Sandy Bear and the children and young people that we support. Through this partnership, we will be able to make a positive difference to their lives following a significant bereavement. We very much look forward to our partnership and working with the Port team…it will be an exciting year”.

Lauren Williams, Community Engagement Assistant at the Port, is looking forward to working with the charity over the coming year. She said “Sandy Bear provides such an important service to those affected by bereavement so we’re really pleased that we’ll be able to help them, whether that’s financially or through fundraising and volunteering activities.”

Last year, Get The Boys A Lift, a mental health charity based in Haverfordwest, received over £16,000 from the Port as a result of donations and a range of fundraising activities including a challenge to run, walk, row or cycle 6,140 nautical miles – the same distance that an LNG ship travels from Qatar to Milford Haven.

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New Charity Support Manager at Sandy Bear, funded by BBC Children in Need

Louise Rigby Williams has recently been welcomed into the Sandy Bear team as new Charity Support Manager. Louise joins at an important time for Sandy Bear to support the charity as it continues to work with the challenges presented by Covid-19. Louise will support the day-to-day running of Sandy Bear communications, event management and strategic development.

Louise brings with her significant organisational experience having delivered projects for a range of private, public and charity sector organisations over the past 15 years. Most recently, she spent 6 years working as a Project Manager at Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, providing support and guidance for the development of the Welsh marine energy sector. Louise is also experienced at, and loves working with young people, having taught Geography and French in a Pembrokeshire secondary school.

 The role of Charity Support Manager has been newly created following the successful application by Sandy Bear to BBC Children in Need’s Covid-19 Next Steps funding programme, resulting in an award of £53k to increase staff resources at the charity.

Louise says “I am passionate about working on projects which make a difference. I am delighted to be working for Sandy Bear and feel privileged to be part of an experienced team providing such a valuable service”.

Ceri Crichton, Charity Development Lead at Sandy Bear states that “We are delighted to welcome Louise to the team and look forward to working alongside her in the next stage of our charity development. We thank BBC Children in Need who have fully funded this position to ensure that we can be there for bereaved children, young people and families within Pembrokeshire”.

Meleri Jones, Wales Regional Officer, BBC Children in Need commented: “BBC Children in Need is committed to improving the lives of those children and young people who need it most by supporting projects like this which work locally to make real and lasting changes to young lives.”

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