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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 August, 2004, 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
Harpist opens charity's office
Catrin Finch
Harpist Catrin Finch says the charity is a great cause
A new branch of a mid Wales charity helping people suffering from terminal illnesses, has been opened by Prince Charles' former official harpist.

Catrin Finch is patron of The Beacon of Hope, a charity providing respite care, advice about financial problems and much more.

The charity, which has an office in Aberystwyth, has opened a new base in Cardigan.

Ms Finch said the charity was a "great cause" and helped many people.

"With an office already in Aberystwyth, the new one in Cardigan will help those in need in south Ceredigion," said the 23-year-old musician, who is originally from Llanon, near Aberystwyth.

"The opening of the Beacon of Hope office in Cardigan speaks for itself.

"The success and the need for the charity in Ceredigion is clear.

"The increasing awareness and interest in Beacon of Hope from within the community is very encouraging."

Ms Finch added: "Many individuals and families have benefited from the support and comfort provided by the charity.


"We are looking for financial support from all over Wales to develop this crucial support work in Ceredigion.

"The Beacon of Hope really offers hope to those suffering terrible terminal illnesses in the area."

A Beacon of Hope spokeswoman said money was being raised for a further hospice in Ceredigion.

"That is one of the projects we are working on and money is being raised, although we're not clear at the moment where the hospice will be based," she added.

The charity was founded by retired teacher Elizabeth Murphy in 2000, who ran its first office from her home in Borth.

Since then, an office has been opened in Aberystwyth and the charity has helped around 250 people since then.

The charity is run by 20 volunteers and a small team of professionals from Ceredigion.

Ms Finch, Cardiff mixed choir C˘rdydd, clarinet player Rhys Taylor and Glan Davies, will perform at a charity concert in the Great Hall, Aberystwyth, to launch the Beacon of Hope Ceredigion Hospice Appeal on 18 September.

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