Local Barry woman raises thousands for hospital equipment

A fundraising black tie event hosted by a local Barry woman at the National Museum in Cardiff raised £5500 for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Charity, in a bid to help give back to the charity which helped the woman’s niece survive a life-threatening condition.

Lauren Farnham, from Barry, told Bro Radio how close the charity was to her heart as her niece Eden-Olive spent the first year of her life at Noah’s Ark Hospital and underwent a series of operations to correct the condition that she was born with.

Baby Eden-Olive. Photo: Phil Darmanin.

Eden was born with oesophageal astesia, a condition that if untreated would be incompatible with life. A special piece of equipment called the Nathanson Liver Retractor had to be ordered for one of Eden-Olive’s procedures and was very expensive.

Lauren’s aim is to raise enough funds to pay back the cost of the equipment so it can be used to help other children’s and families in need, and the £5500 raised after the event night in Cardiff is a strong start.

Lauren and her son Archie handing in the money to Noah’s Ark. Photo: Lauren Farnham

The night featured Eden-Olive as the guest of honour and entertainment in the form of magician Jack Phillips, live music from band Groove Conspiracy on arrival, a three course meal, singing  from the host Lauren Farnham and her three friends Rhiannon Rose-Goodsir, Shane Rose-Goodsir and Michael Bennett, accompanied by Emma Arscott and dance entertainment from fitness troop Turn’d Up Fitness. Guests were also photographed on arrival by photographer Phil Darmanin.

A prize draw with the top prize of vouchers for the Hilton Hotel and Fish and Chips being donated by Fryer Tuck Fish and Chip shop in Barry also took place, there were twenty-five prizes in total including signed memorabilia, donated by Lauren’s family, local businesses and welsh celebrities which Lauren told us was vital to the event to help to raise such a large amount.
“My fundraising mission would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the people that helped and donated their time and services to the event and of course for all the people who attended or bought prize draw tickets.”
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Nathan Spackman

Nathan is the Operations Director at Bro Radio. You'll hear him reading local news, hosting at local events and presenting our facebook live videos.