A group of locals from the Caerphilly area held an evening fundraiser on the 21st of September in memory of Rowena Cotterell, to help raise funds for Caerphilly Borough Mind, which supports individuals with mental health issues. The event had raised £3298 by the end of the evening.
The event was organised by Janine Davies, Toni Alexander, Alison hobbs, Sara Bodman, Jenny Williams, Cath Whittle and Carla Crosbie. The whole community was invited to attend an enjoyable evening including creating a memory board of everyone’s favourite pictures with Rowena, live entertainment and a raffle. Janine Davies has this to say about Rowena and the event: “wife, mother and best friend, Rowena lost her own battle with mental health, leaving so many people feeling helpless with grief and feeling as if we should have done more. We decided to use our grief and be proactive in trying to make a difference where we could not before, so we decided to do a charity event to raise money for Mind.”The event was held with help from supporters: Tina Sparkle (performer) and Guardian of Public Morality (band) who performed on the night and Caerphilly Rugby Club for providing use of the venue free of charge and Jason (Rowena's husband) who donated a large number of raffle prizes. Lloyds Bank also agreed to donate £500. Many local businesses also donated prizes to the raffle including Castle Gate, Captiva, Casa Mia, The Salon Rouge, Scandals and many more. Mayor of Caerphilly, Mike Prew also attended to share some words and draw the raffle. Jill Lawton, Director of Caerphilly Borough Mind, says: “We are incredibly grateful that these individuals held such a fantastic event to help us fund our support for individuals struggling with poor mental health. All the money raised from the event will help Caerphilly Borough Mind to continue delivering and improving it’s services.”Caerphilly Borough Mind is a local charity providing practical and emotional support to individuals to help them take care of their wellbeing and improve their mental health. The organisation is always very grateful for donations and extends it’s thanks to the generosity of its supporters.