Pen y Cymoedd joint venture to help spark Port Talbot Christmas lights appeal29th Oct 2015

The joint venture responsible for the civil works on England and Wales’ largest wind farm has kicked off a fundraising campaign to light up Port Talbot this Christmas.

Jones Bros and Balfour Beatty, which are delivering infrastructure on behalf of Vattenfall at the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project, have donated £250 to the Port Talbot Christmas Lights Appeal.

The fundraising effort is being organised by local rugby club Aberavon RFC and aims to raise £5,700 to fund Christmas lights on Station Road and Forge Road from early December through to January.

The rugby club took responsibility for arranging the town’s Christmas lights last year following budget cuts for the local authority. A subsequent appeal raised more than £4,000 towards turning on last years’ lights. Aberavon RFC is now looking to repeat last year’s success ahead of a planned switch-on ceremony on December 11.

Chris Davies, commercial and marketing manager for Aberavon RFC, said: “We are extremely grateful to Jones Bros and Balfour Beatty for helping us to launch our fund-raising effort with their generous donation.

“We’d seen some of the good work the joint venture have done in the community already, and they were one of the first people we contacted about sponsoring this year’s lights.

“Lighting two streets in town from December 11 until early January costs £5,700, so we are now actively seeking support from other local companies.

“All donations will help to make this happen for all the young children and families of our town.”

Eryl Roberts, joint venture project manager of the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project, said: “The campaign to light up Port Talbot for Christmas is a very worthwhile one and we’re really pleased to contribute to it.”

The joint venture is committed to bringing benefits to the local community and more than two thirds of all plant operatives working on site have been sourced from within 30 miles of the Pen y Cymoedd site, and a total of 12 apprentices have been taken as part of the project to date.

Other community work includes the sponsorship of Shed Fest 2015, a two-day cycling event in the Afan Valley, and work to improve the gardens at Cwmbach Community Primary School in Aberdare.

To donate toward the Port Talbot Christmas Lights Appeal, visit www.gofundme.com/PTChristmasLights