The stunning setting of Howard and Jen Patrick’s beautiful home, Trefin, overlooking Brecon town and the majestic Beacons, provided the perfect venue for afternoon tea on the lawn, organised by the local farmers prostate group.

More than 200 friends and family supported the Sunday social where they were greeted with a glass of Pimm’s and medley of songs by talented duo Chrissy Davies and Morgan Rees of Llandefalle YFC

The relaxed format continued with a variety of entertainment including a forum of three experts from the horse racing world - local trainer Sheila Lewis, and jockeys Richard Patrick and Stan Sheppard - providing the audience with a fascinating insight into the sport.

The theme was added to with the presence of the 2019 Welsh National winner ‘Potters Corner’ kindly paraded by Harriet and father John Tudor Bridgend.

2019 Welsh National winner, Potters Corner
2019 Welsh National winner, Potters Corner (.)

Having ably taken control of the racing forum, Ryan Williams then donned his auctioneering hat, offering a number of generously donated items. The star lot of the sale was local artist Anona Lewis’ painting of the Beacons taken from the Crug, which after a doggedly determined bidding frenzy flew on to Hazel Caebetrans wall at £500.

A Gelynosfresh Chrismas turkey was knocked down at £210, whilst the Good Evans hamper of pork reached £110, to mention but a few. 

The prize draw which followed raised a healthy £1,500, thanks once again to some lovely prizes from generous friends.

Sumptuous homemade afternoon tea prepared and served by the group’s ladies and friends was enjoyed by all.

A memorable experience was rounded off with some impromptu Welsh culture, courtesy of Wynne Rees and his merry men, ensuring a joyous end to a very special gathering.

More than £11,000 was raised on the day and through JustGiving, shared equally between Prostrate Cancer Wales and Velindre Hospital, Cardiff.

The group was overwhelmed by the generous support of so many businesses, groups and individuals who made the event possible, and are humbled by the acts of goodwill. It was a thoroughly rewarding event in so many ways, not least providing the opportunity to raise awareness of an all too common disease which if caught in time, is very treatable.