BRITISH Lions and Welsh Coach Warren Gatland was guest of honour at a charity fundraiser held at Abergavenny’s Angel Hotel on Friday.
Former Lion and BBC pundit Eddie Butler also swung by to support the J9 Foundation event, as did Welsh songbird Bryn Terfel.
The aim of the evening was to educate the public and medical practitioners about Motor Neurone Disease and it’s devastating effects on both the patient and their families and to provide better emotional and physical care on initial diagnosis of a patient
The three-course dinner and auction was sponsored by cage-fighter turned barrister Phillip Williams of Trinity Chambers - the Monmouthshire man who persuaded Big Brother contestant Alex Reid to support a Monmouth U10 football tournament last year.
A hospitality box for up to eight people at the Wales v South Africa match in December (tickets not included) and a greatest Lions vintage jersey signed by Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams and Barry John both went under the hammer.
Co-hosting the event, were Ebbw Vale based graphic design company Limeface and Newport’s Tight 5 Events.
Limeface’s Sally Ann said, “We were really pleased with the evening and the feedback was fantastic. I’m looking forward to developing these types of events across the heads of the valleys, and South East Wales region with current and future partner organisations. I hope the evening went some way to raising awareness of the J9 Foundation, and look forward to helping regional charities raise both their profile and vital funding in the near future.”