At the Benefice Holy Eucharist last Sunday, 2nd September at St Marys Church Tenby, generous donations were made to the local representatives of SNAP Cymru and two other charities, as a result of the highly successful twentieth Memorial Posy Festival, held over four days earlier in the summer. One of the summer’s most popular events ‘In Loving Memory’, the annual Festival of Posies, was held on Thursday, June 28 until Sunday, July 1 at St. Mary’s Church, Tenby, Pembrokshire 

Almost 300 posies, window displays and stands adorned the beautiful church building, each one dedicated to the memory of a loved one. The flowers were arranged by a team of enthusiastic volunteers.  No two posies where the same.  Window displays and stands are also lovingly produced by talented floral specialists, led by Anne, Rita and Delyth.

Amanda Daniels, Assistant Director of SNAP Cymru, Kathryn Harries, representing Diabetes UK, and Cindy Jenkins, Leader of Snap Pembrokeshire ( a specialist early years setting for children with emerging additional learning needs at Withybush Hospital)  attended the service and were presented with generous cheques by three members of the Posy Festival Committee.

Presentations to each charity were made by Mrs Mary Smith, Mrs Judith Williams and Miss Maureen Webb.   SNAP Cymru and the other recipients expressed delight and gratitude at being nominated to be beneficiaries of such substantial gifts and gave an outline of how the generous gifts would support their work.

Rector Andrew Grace offered prayers for the excellent work of the charities, for their staff and volunteers and for those who benefit from their support.  In order to generate these funds over two hundred and fifty yellow and white posies, along with window displays and individual arrangements adorned St. Mary’s Church over four days and visitors from far and wide were welcomed to the church to enjoy the floral spectacle.

As a registered charity, SNAP Cymru relies on  generous donations from a variety of sources; these include contributions from  community organisations and individuals to sustain our work.

Whilst we hold the Parent Partnership Services, which are funded through Service Level Agreements in each Local Authority across Wales, this is not the case in Pembrokshire where the service was taken in house within the Local Authority two years ago.  Despite this SNAP Cymru continue to provide independent advice on additional learning needs and disability discrimination in Pembrokshire and a generous donation like that of St Mary’s allow us to provide advice to families through our helpline.

We are extremely grateful St Mary’s and to all our funders, not only for their generosity, but also for their enthusiasm and shared belief in what we do. Without their support we most certainly wouldn’t be in a position to help children and families across Wales.