Rugby fans join cancer fight

By Twm Owen in Local People

The Six Nations rugby championship gets underway again this weekend heralding the start of Brecon’s annual rugby raffle.

The Brecon and Sennybridge Cancer Research Committee team, headed up by husband and wife duo Brian and Lorna Keylock, will be selling raffle tickets in the High Street ahead of every game.

They will be out in their ’Tardis’, near the William Hill shop, from Friday, February 3 with Wales opening their campaign, against Italy, in Rome on Sunday.

Prizes up for grabs this year include a ball signed by players from Ireland, a Fiji World Cup shirt with Welsh referee Nigel Owens’ signature along with Wales, Italy and England shirts while there is also a special junior prize, a Newport Gwent Dragons shirt.

Brian, who is known as ’Butch’, said: "What started out as a bit of fun has grown to be a tremendous help to the unit at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff with many thousands of pounds being raised over the years and we have not finished yet.

"We sell, on average, about five thousand tickets a game. That’s a lot of names and phone numbers, but we know we cannot do it without your help. Please help us to help those not so fortunate. We will win one day, if we can put a man on the moon we can surely eradicate a living cell."