2013-2014 Cllr Tommy Smith.

2013-2014 Cllr Tommy Smith

The Inauguration of Councillor Tommy Smith as Tredegar Town Mayor and Councillor Ryan Watkins as Tredegar Town Deputy Mayor took place on Wednesday 1st May 2013. A short Service was held in The Council Chamber at Bedwellty House followed with friends and family joining to congratulate Cllr Smith in The Carriage Room.

For his Year in Office, Cllr Smith chose the Valleys Life After Stroke Group as the recipient of his Mayor's Appeal.

Valleys Life After Stroke (affililated with The Stroke Association)

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off which may be as a result of a blood clot or a blockage in an artery. The effect can be devastating and life changing not just for the sufferer but for their families too. Strokes are the fourth biggest killer and there is currently a campaign giving advice about F.A.S.T., the stroke recognition. Face, Arms, Speech, Time are all key indicators that someone is suffering a stroke and if these signs are recognised quickly it can increase their chance of survival. Click on F.A.S.T. to view the Stroke Association's information leaflet.

The Valleys Life After Stroke group was setup and is run by volunteers who have suffered strokes themselves. The group is open to everyone, stroke sufferers and their families or carers. The aim is to give people the chance to share their experiences with people who will know what they are going through; to offer advice and support; to help boost confidence and reduce the feeling of isolation. The group meets at the Community Lounge, Roderick Hill Court, Dukestown Road, Tredegar. Besides their regular meetings, trips, guest speakers and other activities are arranged.

The Valleys Life After Stroke group meet 2 Wednesdays per month, please contact Lesley Tel: 01495 726333 for further information.

For further information about strokes and services available to sufferers and their families please visit the Stroke Association's website at www.stroke.org.uk .


Cllr Smith, with the help of family, friends and colleagues, held many fundraising events for his Appeal. Below is just a short list of some of these events:-

Tredegar Mayor's Christmas Dinner & Dance.

The Patrick Sheen Singers Conert.

Tredegar Mayor's Appeal 2013/14 Raffle.

Cabaret evening with Billy Caine.

Rock'n'Roll with Kevin Davidge.

Coffee Mornings.

Charity Golf Day at Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club.

Lap the Lake Charity Walk, Parc Bryn Bach.

Step Out for Stroke Walk 2013 event photographs.

Final Appeal Total = £10,088.21       (includes £950 paid direct to the Stroke Associaton)



Supporters and Sponsors 2013.

A big thank you to Christine and John at the Lord Nelson, Pontlottyn and Des at JD Entertainments who held a charity night as my first fundraising event. The support from you and the generosity of your patrons is truely appreciated.

A big, big thank you to everyone who took part in this year's Step Out for Stroke Walk at Parc Bryn Bach. An amazing £2254.85 (which includes £100 paid direct to the Stroke Association) as been raised so far. It was a fantastic day which everyone enjoyed.

Thanks to Tredegar & Rhymney Golf Club for graciously holding my Charity Golf Day at their Club and also thanks to the participants, supporters and sponsors; it was a fantastic day which raised over a £1000 for my Appeal.