Llandaff lights up for Christmas after a year of darkness

Residents of Llandaff village came together for a Christmas lights turn on event in support of a heart charity to raise funds for defibrillators.

Shops stayed open till late for the celebration.

Llandaff residents attended the Christmas lights turn on event to raise funds for a heart charity.

Calon Hearts is raising funds to bring defibrillators to the street of Wales. The charity has installed 10,000 defibrillators across Wales in the past ten years. Defibrillators can save the lives of people having heart attacks if used timely.

The Christmas Lights were switched on by BBC Wales presenter Lucy Owen.

“We remember everyone who has lost a loved one over the years, especially right now through Covid,” said Lucy while speaking to the people.

“This is to help celebrate, honour and remember the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us due to an underlying heart condition.”

Rock Choir performed for the crowd amidst a lot of cheering.

“We rely on events like these for raising funds. More funding and donations makes so much of a difference and helps us save lives.” said Sharon Owen, founder and director of Calon Hearts. The charity which holds the event every year could not do so last year because of Covid.

The charity has also provided CPR training to 70,000 people.

The event had several performances from various choirs including Rock Choir which is the one of the largest contemporary choirs in the world. The event also had Santa Claus interacting with children.

People attending the event were elated to be out on the streets after two years of covid related restrictions.

“I am happy to be here and see a celebration of this scale after two years. I support the charity. I have also done CPR training with them,” said Teleri who has been a resident of Cardiff for the past 18 years and had come to attend the event with her daughter.