Caring former student plays cards for charity

A former student from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has been busy organising a star studded charity poker tournament in aid of Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity Latch which will take place on Saturday 2nd August at Swansea’s Grosvenor Casino.

Keen poker player Jamie Lloyd, who is a graduate of the College’s BN Adult Nursing course, was diagnosed with leukaemia aged five and now wants to give something back to the charity that supported her family throughout her illness.

Jamie has teamed up with fellow poker players Conrad Selby and Barry Harrison, whose daughter Sarahjayne underwent treatment at the same time as Jamie, to organise the event.  Sadly Sarahjayne died following a bone marrow transplant in 1997 aged just 13.

Jamie, who now works as a nurse at Swansea’s Singleton Hospital, said: “I have been playing in a poker league for around two years and had been wondering how I could raise awareness and money for Latch.  I thought where better to raise money than in a casino!”

“The first tournament, which took place last year, raised almost £3400 so we’re hoping to improve on that this time around.”

Jamie is hoping that the event will be more than just a poker tournament.  She has a celebrity guest, Twin Town star Rhys Ifans, in attendance and it will feature a three course meal, live entertainment, a prize draw and an auction with some big lots including Mike Tyson’s boxing glove and a signed Ospreys rugby shirt.

The event begins at 4pm on Saturday 2nd August 2014 at the Grosvenor Casino Swansea.  For more information or to book your place call 01792 655227.