Rhodri Morgan memorial fund will aid charities situated in his old constituency

Over £6,00 pounds raised after the death of the former First Minister


Money donated in memory of former First Minister Rhodri Morgan is being given to causes including a charity that aims to make birth less dangerous in sub Saharan Africa.

Mr Morgan, who was portrayed as "the Father of Wales", passed away in May after he collapsed while cycling close to his home.

Tributes were paid all over the country, with many calling the 77-year-old the most popular politician of his era.

More than £6,000 has been donated in his memory which will be given to Welsh charities.

Julie Morgan, Mr Morgan's widow and AM for Cardiff North stated the cash will go to charities such as homelessness charity Llamau and Life for African Mothers.

The charity Life for African Mothers which is based in Cardiff had not been able to ship medication to aid stop bleeding after giving birth previously.

Following funding from the Rhodri Morgan remembrance fund, 144,000 tablets were distributed from the UK to help 50,000 women in sub Saharan Africa.

The JustGiving trust set up in Mr Morgan's memory rapidly passed its original target of £5,000 and now remains at a £6,383 and still rising.

Mrs Morgan stated: “It is wonderful that so many people have donated so generously. We wanted to put the money to good use and asked for donations instead of flowers.”

Talking about Life for African Mothers, she said: “Rhodri was a strong supporter of the charity and had a great interest in Africa. The money has enabled them to send a shipment of medicine right now which was waiting to go but they didn’t have enough money to send it” (Wales Online, 2017).

Source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/money-donated-memory-rhodri-morgan-13359745

AM Julie Morgan with Life for African Mother's chief executive Angela Gorman (Image: Wales Online; Welsh Government) Former First Minister of Wales, Rhodri Morgan (Image: Wales Online)