PENTREF Chapel’s latest charity coffee morning took place in Newbridge on Wednesday, April 3, with 25 attendees.

A cheque made up of donations from previous coffee mornings was presented by John Lloyd, former Pentref secretary and long-standing church member, to Martin Sweet, of Parkinson’s UK’s south Powys branch.

As some friends of the chapel are affected by Parkinson’s or similar conditions, it is a cause close to members’ hearts. 

Martin’s wife, Stephanie then gave a short talk about Parkinson’s, first describing it as a progressive decease for which at present there is no known cure. There are various symptoms, and individuals who suffer can be affected in different ways.

She explained that the south Powys branch covers a large area from Knighton to Ystradgynlais. Meetings are held monthly and Stephanie added that there is an exercise group in Llangorse, and that dance music and movement classes are also available.

The main aims of the local group are to raise funds for research and a possible cure, and to help make life better and more comfortable for members.

The speaker thanked Pentref members for their financial support and warm welcome, and Martin and Stephanie were thanked by Rev Misha Pedersen. 

The next Pentref coffee morning takes place on Wednesday, May 1, all are welcome.