Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD student fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust


A University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) student has been part of a fundraising campaign for Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

Rachel Thomas, BA Early childhood student at UWTSD Carmarthen has been part of a campaign that has raised over £10,000 for the TCT unit at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

In August 2014 Rachel’s boyfriend, Timothy Mills, now aged 21 from Narberth was diagnosed with a lymphoma cancer.  A keen sportsman, Tim had competed in his first Half Ironman two weeks prior to the diagnosis. After his diagnosis, Tim was transferred to the Heath in Cardiff where he underwent 8 months of intense treatment. Tim is now on a two and a half year maintenance programme where he is having chemo once a month.

Rachel said: “When Tim got diagnosed, a family friend, Andrew Jenkins decided to organise a group called 'Tim's Runners' to participate in the Cardiff Half Marathon in October 2015. Twenty family and friends took part, all raising money for TCT. A grand total of £4,198 was raised. There was also a charity masquerade ball that myself, my father Adrian Thomas, Tim and his mother Alison Mills organised to raise money for TCT. The event was also supported by Princes Gate Trust. The total money raised from the ball was £8,400 which we are very proud of. Tim is doing very well at the moment but has a long way to go with chemo, we thank everyone for their donations and support.”

Victoria Jones, Local Fundraising Coordinator at TCT said:

“Teenage Cancer Trust are extremely grateful to everyone involved with raising funds in support of Tim Mills.  All money donated will be used to support the service we provide throughout South Wales.”

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014