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Gelliwig Residential Centre

Our Latest Patron Dave Edwards

Wolves and Welsh international footballer Dave Edwards is lending his support to help Gelliwig, the Residential Centre in Porthmadog used by Wolverhampton youngsters. Dave is now a Patron of the Birch Thompson Memorial Fund which runs Gelliwig. To keep visits to the centre by children affordable, the Fund requires a constant flow of money. Colton Hills Community School who are the prime beneficiaries have been using the residential centre for the last 25 years.

Dave Edwards receiving Cheque
Dave Edwards receiving a cheque from Gerry Kennedy
“I am delighted to become a patron of the Birch Thompson Memorial Fund, and lend my support to the appeal to maintain their residential centre at Gelliwig.

As a player for Wolves, and also a Welsh international, it is nice to be able to become involved with a project which covers both areas!

I can remember the importance when I was younger of going away on trips with schools and other groups, and I think this centre offers both a vital and affordable opportunity for people to get the most of the facility and its excellent location in Porthmadog.

I wish the students and everyone involved all the best with their fundraising to ensure that Gelliwig continues to remain a popular location for schools and youth groups to make the most of what the facility, and Wales, has to offer.”

Dave is photographed receiving a cheque for £125 marking the start of the Sixth Form student’s activity at Colton Hills School towards Target Ten Thousand. The students organised an in house disco to raise the cash and are now embarking on the next stage of spreading the word about the Project.

“We decided to support our own school charity from the school disco that we organised to kick off our efforts to raise money for Target Ten Thousand. We worked on the leaflet in school to promote the appeal and hope that former students, parents and anyone who has stayed at Gelliwig will help with our efforts”
Muhamed Dergic, Year 13 Colton Hills School

The leaflet produced at the school explains that £10,000 is the annual amount that would help to guarantee Gelliwig’s future. The Group are asking former students, people who have stayed at Gelliwig and members of the general public to donate less than 20 pence per week for this effort.

This fundraising event follows on from the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Gelliwig just over 12 months ago when students completed the 110 mile challenge to match the distance cycled by Mr Escritt, a teacher at Colton Hills School. Anyone who wishes to support this campaign can contact Jeet or download the latest leaflet here.

These fundraising events highlight the many ways Colton Hills Community School supports the local community. This follows quickly after the launch of Vision for Wolverhampton 2030, where Colton Hills pupils were the only secondary school featuring in the video promoting the City. In November 2015 business studies students helped organise the Festival of Remembrance in the City and a number of students performed on the stage, reading letters sent home by troops from the trenches in the First World War.