Wales Air Ambulance receives £2,500 boost from a DVD charting the shoring up of Tywyn’s sea defences31st Jan 2011

Wales Air Ambulance has been boosted by a £2,526 donation after keen amateur photographers Graham and Nancy Clarke created a DVD chronicling a major scheme to shore up the sea defences at Tywyn in Gwynedd.

The couple were supported in their fundraising venture by contractors civil engineering firm Jones Bros who carried out the £7.6m scheme on behalf of Gwynedd Council.  The company sold copies of the DVD from the visitor centre it set up at Warwick Place for the duration of the works.

Funds were raised through sales of the DVD and a cheque has been presented to Brian Whelham, a volunteer with Wales Air Ambulance.

Dafydd Elis, Jones Bros project engineer, said: “We were delighted to support Graham and Nancy in this worthwhile project. The Wales Air Ambulance is a very deserving charity as it provides such a vital service.”

Wales Air Ambulance fundraising manager Lynne Garlick said: “We are delighted to receive this fantastic sum of money from Nancy, Graham and Jones Bros.

“This is a shining example of the many unique and inspiring ways businesses and supporters can get involved and help to raise funds for Wales Air Ambulance. This donation will make a big difference to lives in Wales.”

The Tywyn Coastal Protection Scheme, began early last year to secure sea defences and will help to prevent flooding, ensuring the town’s future prosperity. It is now complete and will be officially launched in the near future.

Graham Clarke, a retired bank manager who moved to Bryncrug, near Tywyn from Shropshire with his wife Nancy six years ago, said: “It is great to be able to do something to help a worthwhile charity whilst pursuing a hobby that we love.”

The £7.6m coastal scheme was funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government as part of the Flood and Coastal Risk Management project.

Caption: Pictured with some of the dvds are, from left: Nancy Clarke, Graham Clarke, Brian Whelham, volunteer with Wales Air Ambulance, Terry Pound of Jones Bros.