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Inspiring Welsh v... - 28/04/2016

 We’re thrilled to reveal the five treasure organisations that will b...

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Inspiring Welsh voices across the Atlantic: Cymdeithas Cymru-Ariannin - Patagonia, Argentina

Welsh children in... - 28/04/2016

 We’re thrilled to reveal the five treasure organisations that will b...

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Welsh children in London share folk stories with their world! Ysgol Gymraeg Llundain  London, England

Luncheon Club mem... - 28/04/2016

 We’re thrilled to reveal the five treasure organisations that will b...

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Luncheon Club members share their ideas and stories with older people in North Wales: Llay Luncheon Club  Wrexham, North Wales

Bringing together... - 28/04/2016

 We’re thrilled to reveal the five treasure organisations that will b...

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Bringing together a community of Welsh Americans: The Madog Centre for Welsh Studies  Ohio, USA

Reawakening the S... - 27/04/2016

We’re thrilled to reveal the five treasure organisations that will be rece...

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Reawakening the South Wales industrial environment: Pontypridd Canal Conservation Group  Pontypridd, South Wales

The First Ever Vi... - 25/01/2016

The Community Foundation in Wales is inviting everyone who loves Wales  - f...

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The First Ever Virtual Global Giving Circle for Welsh Communities  all donations doubled!

Two Launches at N... - 10/09/2015

We’ve just returned from a fantastic weekend celebrating Welsh culture and...

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Two Launches at North American Festival of Wales

3,000 Donated th... - 01/07/2015

We are thrilled to announce that the limited edition Melin Tregwynt blankets and...

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3,000 Donated through Melin Tregwynt sales

Donations in memo... - 25/06/2015

The Fund for Wales has recently received many donations given in memory of Dr El...

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Donations in memory of Dr Elisabeth Perry

Fund for Wales Gr... - 19/06/2015

 We're really pleased to announce that the latest grants programme for the ...

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Fund for Wales Grants Programme Open

St David's Day Gr... - 01/03/2015

To celebrate St David’s Day we are thrilled to announce that we have award...

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St David's Day Grants Awarded

Cwtch up with the... - 25/01/2015

What better way to show your love this St Dwynwen’s Day than with a stylis...

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Cwtch up with the Fund for Wales blanket

Grants Round Open... - 19/12/2014

We're really excited to announce that the Fund for Wales grants programme is now...

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Grants Round Open until St Dwynwen's Day

Brussels Welsh su... - 20/11/2014

As a finale to Philanthropy Week Wales 2014, a festival of events, managed by th...

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Brussels Welsh support Fund for Wales

Ambassador hails ... - 01/09/2014

During August 2014 we spent a week at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Carmar...

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Ambassador hails Fund for Wales Gift

Joining North Ame... - 20/08/2014

We’re very excited to be heading over to the North American Festival of Wa...

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Joining North Americans who love Wales

Celebrating the F... - 17/06/2014

The Foundation’s friends and allies came together at the Palace of Westmin...

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Celebrating the Fund for Wales in London

Changing lives in... - 03/06/2014

Last year the Fund for Wales awarded a grant of £880 to the North Powys Yo...

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Changing lives in Powys through music

Celebrating phila... - 05/11/2013

The Community Foundation in Wales began the week on Anglesey celebrating the phi...

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Celebrating philanthropy on Anglesey

The Fund for Wale... - 02/08/2013

We’ve been very busy already this year, spreading the word about Fund for ...

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The Fund for Wales Summer 2013 Newsletter has been released!

Tafwyl - Hiraeth ... - 17/06/2013

The Fund for Wales team spent the day at Tafwyl in Cardiff Castle on Saturday, c...

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Tafwyl - Hiraeth map launched

Urdd Eisteddfod a... - 28/05/2013

The Fund for Wales team travelled to Pembrokeshire today to the Urdd Eisteddofd....

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Urdd Eisteddfod and the Fund for Wales

Our community in ... - 08/04/2013

 We've added some photos from our launch event last month to our Facebook p...

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Our community in London celebrate

1million Match C... - 18/03/2013

Photo:  Baroness Randerson, Parliamentary Under Secratary of State for Wale...

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1million Match Challenge!

St. David's Day C... - 01/03/2013

 The Fund for Wales celebrated St. David's Day with a flurry of activities....

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St. David's Day Celebration

Love Wales this V... - 14/02/2013

  After the success of launching our brand new website on St.Dwynwen&rsquo...

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Love Wales this Valentine's Day

Celebrate your lo... - 25/01/2013

We would like to wish everyone in Wales and abroad a Happy St. Dwynwen Day this ...

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Celebrate your love for Wales this St Dwynwen Day

Fund for Wales Al... - 20/12/2012

This week a group of Fund for Wales allies and supporters gathered to discuss so...

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Fund for Wales Allies

Peter Davies beco... - 05/11/2012

We are pleased to announce that Peter Davies OBE has agreed to become the Fund f...

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Peter Davies becomes a Fund for Wales Ambassador

Running for Wales... - 16/10/2012

Thank you and congratulations to our runners who successfully completed the tent...

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Running for Wales  Cardiff Half Marathon

An Ambassador for... - 10/09/2012

We have great pleasure in announcing that Elinor Bennett (Lady Wigley) will be o...

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An Ambassador for the Fund for Wales

Fund for Wales at... - 09/08/2012

This week we popped down to the National Eisteddfod in the Vale of Glamorgan to ...

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Fund for Wales at the National Eisteddfod
Celebrate your love for Wales this St Dwynwen Day

Celebrate your love for Wales this St Dwynwen Day - 25/01/2013

We would like to wish everyone in Wales and abroad a Happy St. Dwynwen Day this 25th January. St Dwynwen’s Day has now become established as the Welsh Valentine’s Day. We have sent out a special St Dwynwen Day e-card to all our supporters who have already shown their love for Wales. 
 
Last year we received a gift from a donor who gave on St Dwynwen Day to demonstrate her love for Wales. Sian Hassan has a family home in Ceredigion but now lives in England. 
 
"I'm really pleased to be endorsing and supporting this wonderful campaign which will make a long term contribution and difference to Wales"
 
What better way to celebrate your love for Wales this St Dwynwen Day than to give to the Fund for Wales, knowing that your gift will make a lasting difference to people across Wales for generations to come.
 
About St. Dwynwen
 
Many versions exist of the tale of Saint Dwynwen. It is known that she was the daughter to Brychan Brycheiniog, a 5th century Welsh King of Brecon, who is said to have had at least 24 children. Dwynwen is said to have met and fallen in love with a Northern prince called Maelon Dyfodrull. Her father disliked Maelon and refused to give his permission for them to marry. Maelon begged, as did Dwynwen, but Brychan would not relent and the prince was forced to leave.
 
In her grief she begged God to make her forget Maelon and freeze their passion. Her prayers were answered and Maelon was turned into a block of ice. As the story goes Dwynwen was then visited by an angel who gave her three wishes.
 
Firstly she wished to be free of Maelon, and he vanished, home to North Wales. Her second wish was that she would never marry and thirdly she wished to devote the rest of her life helping those who suffered from the heartache of lost love. Dwynwen became a nun and settled on an island off the west coast of Anglesey, which is known today as Llanddwyn.
 
Dwynwen died in 640 AD. Since then, Llanddwyn Island, Dwynwen's church and well* have been visited by hundreds of pilgrims every year. Lovers still visit the island annually to discover their destiny. 
 
Recent years have seen an increase amongst Welsh people celebrating St. Dwynwen's Day by exchanging cards and gifts such as love spoons. Parties and concerts are also held on the 25th of January to signify a greater popularity of celebrating St. Dwynwen's Day in Wales. 
 
*The water of the island's well was said to be the home for a magical and sacred fish or eel, whose behaviour and movement predicted the future for young lovers. Questions were asked of the fish and the answers were determined by the direction in which it moved. Women would test the faithfulness of their husbands by sprinkling breadcrumbs into the water and then placing a handkerchief on the surface. The husband would be deemed faithful if the fish disturbed the surface.