The West Wales 2015 Festival concluded with celebration banquet at the Stradey Park Hotel in Llanelli, on Friday 15th May 2015.
The brethren of the Province of West Wales were delighted to extend a very warm welcome to the Pro Grand Master. MW Bro Peter Lowndes, who was accompanied by a team from London which included VW Bro Richard Hone QC, President of the Grand Charity and Mrs Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Grand Charity.
RW Bro Stephen Hookey, Provincial Grand Master was delighted to reveal that the final total raised by the appeal was:
RW Bro Stephen said:
"I am immensely proud of what you have achieved and I thank you all most warmly, not only on my behalf, but also on behalf of those who benefit from the work of the Grand Charity."
"The Appeal was launched in May 2009 at a time when the global recession had taken hold and austerity was to become a watchword for several years to come. Lodges were given a possible figure to aim for based upon every member making a very modest regular donation. Thanks to your generosity in these difficult times the figure for which we aimed has been surpassed significantly."
"Tonight is a celebration of the success of our collective efforts over the past six years. You have every right to be pleased with yourselves and it is my sincere hope that you all have a most enjoyable evening."
The summary of how the money was raised can be downloaded here.