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).
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.