First appeal Update (GoFundMe)

A few ideas on how to help health and care workers in Wales

Dear Friend

Tarian Cymru needs your help, to share the campaign – and help more health and care workers.

Together this week we broke through the £10,000 barrier. Thank you so much. Your generosity and love for our workers is overwhelming.

Care workers, we see you

Now that we’ve fulfilled the original target we have expanded to include workers in care homes and hospices, as well as those in NHS Wales. You’ve no doubt seen the news on the desperate situation for care workers. The new target is £20,000 to reflect this urgent need.

We’re not sitting on your donation money: it is being put to use straightaway on professional-standard equipment for workers.

The visors are being distributed today! We’ve also just placed a big order for medical gowns. These gowns give amazing protection and conform to strict international standards.

Next order

Now we need to order as many KN95/FFP2 masks as possible. The selected masks are NOT flimsy things from the hardware shop – they meet multiple strict quality standards. Health and care workers around Wales are routinely requesting these. It would be superb if we could order several thousand of them. That depends on budget.

Responding to need

Our volunteer team are liaising with health and care workers daily. If levels of need change across jobs and organisations then we will respond. If government, health boards, and other authorities are able to fulfil a need then we’ll move to address a need elsewhere.

Share the link

This is a powerful way to help. You can share the GoFundMe link. Alternatively the short version is

Below are some ideas.

Friends and family

Plus encourage friends and family to donate, and to share the link.

Online spaces

Do you run a website, podcast, Facebook group, Twitter account, or other media – big or small? Perhaps you are in a WhatsApp group – of three people or more? Plus plug the campaign in this online space.

Groups and organisations

Are you part of a society, club, sports team, choir, political party grouping, place of worship, or similar? Please let your friends and colleagues know about the campaign. Ask whoever runs the communications to spread the message.


Do you play music? Can you do an online gig? Can you raise funds? Carwyn Ellis (Colorama, Rio 18) and Gareth Bonello (Gentle Good) have released music on their Bandcamp pages, from which all proceeds will go to Tarian Cymru’s work. Diolch iddyn nhw!


Are you able to offer artwork – whether existing or a new commission? Our fundraising team, again all volunteers, are putting together an auction. Please consider being included, and contact us for a quick chat.


If you have another idea for fundraising (quizzes, comedy, theatre, a lecture, a stunt, a happening, anything you can think of…) please start organising it. Just let us know about your plans via Twitter, Facebook, or email

Every donation you can encourage will count. GoFundMe is the best way to collect payment. If you need to take payment via a different method then please contact us.


P.S. Tarian Cymru is doing an auction in partnership with some well known names.

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Tarian Cymru auction: bidding open now


The auction below has closed. Go to the current auction!

We hereby announce the Tarian Cymru auction, to raise money to buy PPE for health and care workers in Wales.

Send your bids by email with your name and telephone number before 1pm on 25 April to


Artwork gan Meirion Jones
‘Aberaeron yn y nos’ (Aberaeron at night): framed print. 90cm x 85cm framed, numbered 1 out of 5.
Estimated price £300

Artwork by Ruth Jên
‘Heb de, heb ddim…’:
Mounted print 26 x 26cm
Estimated price (no frame) £150

Artwork by Rhiannon
‘Blodau Hapus’ (Happy flowers) mounted A4 original print in a frame
Estimated price £300

Artwork by Joanna Jones
Instagram: joannaloisjones
‘Marloes, Sir Benfro’
Original acrylic not framed 47cm x 30.5cm
Estimated price £400

Artwork gan Owain Fôn Williams
Print ‘Viva Gareth Bale’
Size A2
Estimated price £100

New Years Weekend (2 nights) for a family (2 adults, 2 children) at Gwersyll yr Urdd, Llangrannog
Estimated price £350

A jug designed by Lowri Davies
Size: height 10cm, width 12cm, depth 8.5cm
Estimated price £69

A poem composed for a special occasion by Hywel Griffiths

A poem composed for a special occasion by Mererid Hopwood

Two tickets to see Rhys Meirion in concert (date TBC) in Llangefni and a signed CD

Two tickets from Haka Entertainment to ‘Haka 5’ concert at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Estimated price £25

A £50 book voucher from the Welsh Books Council

A weekend for a couple in an old gypsy caravan at Pen y Bont camp, Bala with a bottle of Prosecco and lemon cake
Estimated price £180

Signed Scarlets ball and the shorts worn by Gareth Davies in the Wales v Australia game in the World Cup in Japan.


Send your bids by email with your name and telephone number before 1pm on 25 April to

The auction above has closed. Go to the current auction!

First appeal Statement

Coronavirus: crowdfunding to procure equipment for health workers (press release)


A new not-for-profit initiative launches today (9 April) to procure urgently personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS Wales workers.

The initiative, Tarian Cymru, is run by a group of volunteers.

The plan is to raise money towards orders for professional-standard protective equipment via global suppliers.

Gwenno Teifi, co-organiser of the initiative says:

“We are receiving direct reports that our friends who are health workers in Wales still have not received adequate protective equipment in order to care for patients – including patients who have caught COVID-19, or have shown symptoms.”

With the crisis worsening at such a fast rate Gwenno Teifi says that there was no choice but to act urgently:

“As a community initiative, we are launching this urgent call for money to enable us to order PPE. We are asking people to give generously to protect the health of those who in turn protect us.”

According to an anonymous NHS staff member in Wales “Please provide us with essential PPE!! Staff are stressed and crying in work, they don’t want to catch the virus and possibly die as a result of their efforts to help others. This also puts our family’s at risk. We will fight this virus and stand together but we deserve the protection of proper PPE not surgical masks with offer little protection!!”. (Contact information for interviews with health workers who can discuss the state of current equipment is available on request.)

Contributions to the campaign can be made through


Notes for editors

  • Contact details for health workers who are willing to discuss the present equipment are available on request, including those who are only willing to speak anonymously.
  • There have been a number of media reports about shortcomings in the current supply of equipment. Some workers have resorted to buying equipment from hardware stores which is not necessarily appropriate for hospital work.
  • An open letter signed by over 1200 health workers says “we are not currently being provided with proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to stop us being infected while we are working. The more doctors that get sick and have to isolate, the longer it is going to take to control the spread of this virus.”