ben-emily-cheque-2A Haverford West family have marked Cancer Research Wales’ 50th year with a very dreamy coffee morning.

The charity’s Fifty for Fifty challenge encourages supporters to complete ‘fifty feats for fifty years’. After hearing about the challenge, 13 year old Emily Griffiths recruited her mother, Joanna, and her 9 year old brother, Ben, to raise vital funds for Cancer Research Wales.

50 handmade dreamcatchers later, the family was ready to sell their creations at a coffee afternoon held at their Crundale home. Inspired by Wales’ EURO success, each cake was decorated with a Wales football player.


The challenge was a poignant one: the children lost their father, David, to bowel cancer in 2014. The following year they lost their uncle, Nick, to Ewing Sarcoma.

“My husband received his treatment at Velindre Cancer Centre, and as we went through the process we realised how vital research is,” Joanna said. “David’s cancer was extremely aggressive and was very difficult to fight. We were devastated when he passed away, and again when my brother lost his battle with Ewing Sarcoma.”

“David was incredibly passionate about cancer research, and the fact that all money raised for Cancer Research Wales stays in Wales gave us more of an incentive to fundraise.”


The Griffiths family raised a fantastic total of £620 for the charity, and they are enthusiastic to raise more.

“I’m already thinking of more ideas to raise more money for Cancer Research Wales!” said Emily.

“We were over the moon when Joanna, Emily and Ben contacted us,” said Elizabeth Andrews, Charity Director. “They are a dedicated, determined family and it was an absolute privilege to meet them and have them take part in Fifty for Fifty.”


Cancer Research Wales is an independent cancer research charity funding pioneering, world-class local research in Wales. Every donation made to Cancer Research Wales goes straight to teams of leading scientist to fund their work, helping them in the pursuit of a cure; making great discoveries in the areas of early diagnosis, better treatments and preventatives of cancer for the benefit of cancer patients everywhere.

For more information on Fifty for Fifty, please visit www.cancerresearchwales.co.uk/crw_events/fifty-for-fifty/ or call 02920 316 976.