A Caernarfon couple recently hosted a ‘cocktails and cacens’ event with friends to say thank you for the care they received at their local day hospice.

Over the May bank holiday, Tony Jones and wife, Wena arranged for friends to visit their family home to enjoy homemade cakes and cocktails whilst raising funds for the St David’s Hospice Hafan Menai Day Care Centre.

Putting a twist on the traditional fundraising event, friends were able to enjoy a cocktail in exchange for a donation to the charity.

Tony, up until recently, was a patient at Hafan Menai Day Hospice in Bangor and was very grateful for the support he received during his time there. The fundraising idea came whilst he was receiving treatment at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

Tony explained:

“When I was in hospital I kept saying that I was looking forward to having beans on toast with a Pinocolada when I got home! I am a keen reader and began researching various cocktail recipes which lead to almost daily deliveries of bottles!

“As the collection grew, the idea came to turn my research into a fundraiser, putting a spin on the usual ‘Coffee and Cake’!”

Wena and Tony were ‘blown away’ by the generosity shown by their friends and family and raised an outstanding £555 for local hospice care in Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy.

The therapy provided free of charge at Hafan Menai Day Hospice is an essential part of Hospice care, most patients want to continue being as independent as possible.

Patients attend for an agreed period of time and have an individual program of activities tailored to suit their needs. St David’s Hospice has Day Therapy Centres at St David’s Hospice, Llandudno and Hafan Menai, Bangor.