#TeamIrfon was launched in 2014 by CAMHS Nurse Manager, Irfon Williams. After starting treatment on the Alaw Cancer Unit in Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Irfon decided to start a campaign to raise money for wigs for others receiving chemotherapy on the unit.
As Irfon’s treatment progressed, so too did his resolve to help other families affected by cancer. His campaign gathered momentum, touching the hearts of people in local communities and much further afield. Just before he died from bowel cancer in 2017, Irfon and his many supporters had raised over £150,000 with the specific aim of providing improved services and facilities to help preserve people’s mental health as they face a cancer diagnosis or a loss of a family member.
Irfon’s legacy lives on, and his wife Becky now oversees #TeamIrfon alongside Manon, a Matron from cancer services. Together Becky and Manon, working closely with NHS staff and committed volunteers and supporters of all ages, are ensuring that donations given to #TeamIrfon continue to help local people in the way that Irfon always wished them to be and that local people can go on enjoying community focussed fundraising events and activities which promote fun, laughter and team spirit – exactly as Irfon always intended.