A leading private school in Cardiff has wrapped up its year of fundraising for LATCH Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity by recently hosting a very special event.

On Friday 24th November, over 100 guests attended the 40th Anniversary Tribute Dinner for LATCH, at Howell’s School, Llandaff. Held in the dark wood panelled Great Hall, with the stained glass windows glittering, more than 100 guests enjoyed a sparkling evening of entertainment, tributes and presentations as the charity thanked its supporters, families and volunteers, past and present for their generosity and support over four decades.

Howell’s School, in Llandaff, Cardiff has been supporting LATCH throughout its 40th anniversary year in 2023, with a series of activities and events, culminating in hosting the charity’s 40th Tribute Dinner.

Principal of Howell’s School, Llandaff, Sally Davis, said:

“LATCH has supported members of our Howell’s community, and we have been aware of their wonderful work for a number of years. One of our girls, Martha, joined us when she was just three and came to our Nursery. She was diagnosed when she was in Year 3 and bravely fought her cancer several times and sadly we lost her in Year 8. Her family are enormous supporters of LATCH and it was her mother, Bec, who suggested that we might be able to help celebrate LATCH’s 40th birthday. I have been delighted that we have been able to help.”

During the summer, Howell’s hosted a Family Fun Day in the grounds of the school for all the children who are currently being supported by LATCH and their families. The event offered families an opportunity to enjoy fun activities, including pony rides, face painting, a barbecue and disco. Current Head Girl at Howell’s, Sophie Sabit, has been leading some of this year’s fundraising initiatives, in support of LATCH, including raising funds at the school’s summer fayre in July with her friends and fellow pupils.

LATCH was established in 1983 by a small group of parents and families whose children were undergoing treatment for cancer. Today LATCH supports on average at any one time, 120 families undergoing treatment for cancer or leukaemia at the Children’s Hospital for Wales through providing practical, financial and emotional support.

This year’s partnership between Howell’s and LATCH has been such a success. In total Howell’s has helped to raise over £8,000 for the charity during 2023, which will make a real difference to the charity and the families it supports living in Cardiff and further afield.

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