IT’S a case of “the sky’s the limit” for one naval man from Comins Coch, Aberystwyth, as Gareth Whalley launches a fundraising raffle which will run throughout February in support of his local NHS charity.
Later this year, the 26 year old Navy Outdoor Instructor, whose girlfriend is an NHS junior doctor and mum is a nurse, will face his fears and take part in a fundraising skydive for Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official NHS charity for Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
Gareth says, “When I do the skydive, I will be absolutely terrified. I’ve not done one before and I’m scared of heights. Once the skydive is done I will feel relieved and a sense of accomplishment. Sending in the money I have raised from the raffle and skydive will feel good and I will feel like I’ve made a difference.
“I’m doing this to say a huge thank you to the NHS staff, who have been through so much. I also want to do something to lift the spirits for the general public, have something fun to do during this time and also to give the opportunity to win some great prizes.”
Gareth’s mum Heather is a nurse at Hywel Dda and has worked in the NHS for over 40 years. She says the whole family is proud of Gareth, “My current role is a Team Leader for School Nursing in Ceredigion and I now feel privileged to be a coordinator for the Covid immunisation programme, initially at Cardigan, but now at the Thomas Parry Centre in Aberystwyth which is my home town.
“The NHS has meant a great deal to us as a family, initially when my daughter Rhian was first diagnosed as a Diabetic Type 1 at the age of 7, and now as she is pregnant with her first child, the care she is receiving has been exceptional.
“We as a family are very proud of Gareth for the work that he is undertaking to raise money for the NHS. He has taken himself out of his comfort zone by doing a skydive and now he has decided to raise further money by holding a raffle with fabulous prizes that have been donated