Festival of Hope

CAREW was full of celebration and family fun on Saturday (Jun 24) as local entertainers, businesses and emergency services spent a day at the Festival of Hope.The festival was organised to celebrate the legacy of Adam Evans-Thomas, whose battle with leukaemia inspired all of those around him.

The organisers said about the background of the festival: "Almost 25 years ago, a young carefree lad called Adam Evans-Thomas was diagnosed with leukaemia in Withybush Hospital. Finding that he was a rare tissue type with no matches in his family, he set about searching for a bone marrow donor.

"That search ended with 3000 blood donors being recruited for the Welsh Blood Service and a huge addition to the Welsh Blood Tissue Typing Service from Pembrokeshire volunteers. Adam raised 45,000 pounds before he died to help pay for the tissue typing (then in its infancy).

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The day saw His legacy to Pembrokeshire: An inclusion into the Guinness Book of Records for the most Bone Marrow Donors recruited in a day; a new high dependency Room in the Heath Hospital's Transplant Unit, called 'The Pembrokeshire Room', a new Cancer Support / Distraction Centre in Haverfordwest Called 'Adam's Bucketful of Hope Cancer Support Centre', giving free treatments to Cancer patients and carers and now finally, a newly completed 'Pembrokeshire Haematology and Oncology Day Unit' in Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest.

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