Celebrities, face painting, music sessions and dance competitions; what fun we had at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic at IKEA this Saturday. Over 200 people attended on the day and together we raised thousands of pounds for the charity.


Hosted by IKEA Cardiff as part of their continued support for the charity, they provided a fantastic picnic area with delicious healthy snacks for the children. All were amazed by the attention to detail. Senior Fundraiser Linda Davies said “I really appreciate everything IKEA has done for the charity over the year. The event was so successful”.


And the hospital’s very own Noah’s Ark Angels were there to welcome in the crowds. These dedicated nurses not only work at the hospital, but choose to raise money by singing in the choir in their spare time.


Formed by community nurse Dawn Martin, she has first-hand experience of why the hospital is so important. Before she got into nursing her daughter Natalia was treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in January 2000.


“Natalia is now in good health, enjoying life with a very outgoing personality. It goes without saying this is down to the excellent professional care she received from the Paediatric Oncology team who continue to see Natalia as an outpatient at the Children’s Hospital of Wales. I’d just like to say ‘Thank you’!”


And there were lots of families showing their support. Little Lloyd Jones from Port Talbot who was born with just one kidney and who has had over 11 operations at Noah’s Ark, was there with his mum, his auntie and big brother to show their appreciation.


“It was just fantastic to see all the families and staff coming together to celebrate” said Linda.


And we were delighted that Only Men Aloud and Glamorgan Cricket Club could join us despite their very busy schedules.


Right in the middle of their national tour Huw Euron and Stephen Hamnett of Only Men Aloud brought their sons Osian, 2 years and Alfred 3 years. They really enjoyed the day and perhaps it wasn’t a surprise that they made a beeline for the Monkey Music sessions – it must run in the family.


And it was great to see Glamorgan Cricket club again, and this time with their children. Keen supporters of the charity, Graham Wagg said “As a parent it is a huge comfort to know that there are first class facilities for children in Wales. It’s been a fantastic day, the kids have loved it and I’m so happy to support the Noah’s Ark Charity along with my team mates”.


Well, we just want to say a huge thank you to IKEA, all our families, volunteers and staff for making it such a memorable day. If you want to share your memories and photos please post on our Facebook and twitter accounts: @noahsarkcharity and

  NOAH'S ARK CHARITY, CARDIFF, 25/04/2015                                                             NOAH'S ARK CHARITY, CARDIFF, 25/04/2014

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