A YEAR of fundraising has boosted end of life care on Anglesey by £10,000.

The former chairman of Anglesey County Council Dylan Rees raised the cash for the St David's Hospice satellite unit at Penrhos Stanley hospital in Holyhead.

Councillor Rees had nominated St David’s Hospice as his Chairman’s Charity for the year.

He was keen to support a hospice care project having seen the work the hospice in Llandudno and the Hospice at Home service carry out.

The Penrhos Stanley project is currently going through the NHS procurement process and it is now out to tender with contractors until the end of July.

All monies raised towards the new hospice will go towards the building and staffing costs for patients in a safe and home-from-home environment.

The Chairman’s total £10,502 was raised through with a collection at the Chairman’s Civic Service, proceeds from the Charity Concert at Ysgol Gyfun, Llangefni and the 12 day sponsored walk around the 130-mile-long Anglesey Coastal path.

Councillor Rees said: “It’s been a privilege to raise funds for this most worthy cause and the establishment of the new four-bed satellite unit at Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley will bring about a much needed facility on the island.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for their support and in particular Hogans who sponsored my Chairman’s concert and Eaton Electrical Ltd who sponsored my charity walk.”

He added: “The walk was a fantastic experience as the coastal path falls within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which covers 95% of the coast.

"Some of the scenery was truly spectacular and it is evident why the path is such a vital part of Anglesey’s tourism.

“My thanks to all those who joined me along the way, especially the dedicated enthusiasts who accompanied me for the last leg over Holyhead Mountain during Storm Hannah!”

Chief executive Trystan Pritchard said: “We are very grateful to Dylan Rees for all his support in raising awareness of our plan to open Anglesey’s first ever Hospice and for the huge total of funds he has raised.

"He has worked tirelessly on a range of different events and initiatives and his efforts on our behalf have gone a long way to ensuring that, we are confident that the communities of Anglesey will support this local cause.”

For updates on the Anglesey hospice unit visit: www.stdavidshospice.org.uk or follow www.facebook.com/hosbisdewisant