Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Simon Thomas used a new procedure in the Senedd Chamber to commend Elly Neville and her campaign to raise money for Ward 10 at Withybush Hospital.
Assembly Members are allowed to make statements in the Senedd, for a maximum of a minute and a half, on a matter of interest.
Mid and West AM Simon Thomas said:
“About a year ago, I met Elly Neville of Pembroke. Elly had won a competition to design a collage Pembrokeshire flag at Pembroke Dock community school as part of St David’s Day celebrations.
“Elly and her family then used the flag around Pembrokeshire to raise funds for the refurbishment and upgrade of Ward 10 at Withybush Hospital to make it once again a dedicated cancer ward.
“Her father, Lyn, had been a chemotherapy patient at Ward 10 himself after a bone marrow transplant.
“It was the dedicated staff and facilities of Ward 10 that provided care, support and lifesaving treatment during his recovery.
“Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal has grown and grown. Now it is an official part of the Hywel Dda Health Charities.
“To date, the campaign has raised over £52,000 and has purchased its first equipment for the ward.
“The next step is to get approval for the full business case for refurbishing Ward 10, which even Elly’s prodigious feats will need Welsh Government assistance for.
“Perhaps I should have mentioned that Elly is six years old. Her contribution already has been wonderful and she is a credit to her family, school and community. She received a British Citizen Youth Award last month.
“I commend her work to the Assembly.”