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Former Wales and British Lions star Robert Jones supports Faith Jones appeal

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

By Liz Perkins

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FORMER Wales and British Lions rugby star Robert Jones will be teaming up with a Swansea firm to help raise cash to transform the life of a city youngster.

The ex-scrum half will be supporting the Welsh themed fundraiser in support of Faith Jones, who desperately needs £45,000 by March to undergo a life-transforming op in America as she has cerebral palsy.

Her dad Darrell Jones, 40, of Cecil Road, Gowerton, said her world would be completely changed once she undergoes the procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.

It will mean she will be able to jump on a bike and run upstairs just like any other youngster.

Now, the 9-year-old struggles to climb a hill or walk through a park.

Robert has pledged to take part in an unique rugby challenge at the Save Britain Money group event at its Matrix Park offices on Swansea Enterprise Park on Wednesday, February 6.

The game will see the chief executive officer of Save Britain Money, Nev Wilshire compete against his staff to pass as many rugby balls in a minute through the target.

Mr Wilshire said: "We are delighted to be able to help a local family raise money for such an important cause.

"My staff have been working hard to make this a really special day for the family and I'm sure we will raise a considerable amount of money towards Faith's goal".

The event will be full of Welsh cakes, Welsh dress and rugby, to help share in the excitement of the Six Nations.

To help raise even more cash, the firm has also played host to a raffle of which all proceeds will go towards Hope4Faith.

The staff have been busy throughout January selling tickets to their friends and family.

Save Britain Money wanted to thank a number of different firms for their support in donating top raffle prizes towards the fundraiser.

They include SA1 Brasserie, Govinda's Restaurant, Grand Theatre, the Ospreys, the LC, The Beauty Boutique and The Clink.

Faith and her family have been invited to spend the day at the firm's offices where they will be able to get the chance to meet Robert Jones.

They will also be introduced to the firm's workforce and they will be able to take part in the fun throughout the day.

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