Cardiff Ukulele Festival, organised by Ukulele Wolves held its 8th Annual Ukulele Festival this April in tribute to founder Michael Mathews and raises over £1,500 in aid of City Hospice.
The first Cardiff Ukulele Festival was held in 2014 in St David’s Hall, organised by Michael Mathews after having been inspired by a festival in Exeter. Initially, the festival was on an open house basis but as its popularity grew, the event became ticketed and sold out every year.
In 2018 Michael was sadly diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and was later referred to City Hospice for treatment, care, and support.
Peter Morris from the Ukulele Wolves said,
“Michael’s diagnosis was a devasting blow to himself and his family, and also to others who knew and loved him, including everyone associated with Ukulele Wolves. After Michael was referred to City Hospice, he could not have been more appreciative of their kindness and professionalism. Sadly, Michael passed away in February 2022.
Each year the group supports a local charity and the proceeds from the weekly members bucket collection and any gig performed during the year, plus the proceeds from the Festival are donated to the charity.
City Hospice became an obvious choice, not only because of Michael, but because other members have also been touched by the Hospice’s outstanding work. It’s been a pleasure to combine our support for them alongside our enjoyment of music and we are looking forward to supporting City Hospice as our chosen Charity of the Year”.
Fundraising Coordinator, Dafydd Thomas said,
“It was fantastic to be involved with the Ukulele Wolves’ Cardiff Ukulele Festival 2023 with support from our hard-working volunteers. It was also a great opportunity to come along to the Ukulele Wolves’ weekly jam at Ffynnon Wen to listen to some brilliant live music and meet its members who have all donated generously to City Hospice and will continue to support us as their chosen charity of the year.”