Ed was born and brought up in Marcross in the Vale of Glamorgan. College and an upbringing within the farming community led Ed into various agricultural jobs and travelling in Australia but it was in the summer of 2001 where he found his true calling and joined the Royal Navy, successfully training as a Royal Navy diver.
It was during this time that Ed started suffering severe headaches and soon after was diagnosed with a brain tumour, his dream of continuing in the Navy was over and Ed was discharged in October 2003. Although the tumour was inoperable, Ed underwent two brain operations, radiotherapy and two courses of chemotherapy both at University Hospital Wales and Velindre Hospital, Cardiff. Ed had regular scans to monitor his tumour and it was shortly after one of these scans that he began thinking about showing his appreciation for all the help and support that he had received.
In January 2006 Ed along with a few close friends and family arranged a charity Summer Ball at The Marriott Hotel,Cardiff and raised £10,000 for Cancer Research Wales. It was from this initial idea that the Ed Evans Foundation was born. The donations kept coming in for Cancer Research Wales and after a very successful concert by Ogmore Valley Male Voice Choir at our local village hall in December 2006 we were well on our way to the next target.
In August 2007 the Ed Evans Foundation held a Picnic in the Playground at Wick and Marcross Primary School. Music was provided by Karen Elli, Ogmore Valley Male Voice Choir and a brass band. It was Eds way of saying thank you to all the people who have continued to support his foundation. The main objective of the foundation is to organise activities and events that will help raise money for various charities. December 2007 saw us raise £35,000 for Cancer Research Wales and it was then that we began raising money for Brain Tumour UK and local charities.
Sadly on 6th October 2007 Ed lost his courageous 5 year battle and passed away peacefully in Velindre Hospital. He was 27 years old. One of Eds last wishes was that we carried on the good work that he started and so the Ed Evans Foundation continues to go from strength to strength.
As of December 2012 we have now raised over £162,000 through a variety of orgainsed fundraising events by both the foundation and the many friends that Ed had. It is this continued support through events such as our annual ball, walk, choir concert and clay pigeon shoot as well as those who undertake their own fundraising challenges that we are able to support local charities as well as raising awareness of the plight of those who have Brain Tumours and the need for vital research into this illness.
We hope that you enjoy reading the website and welcome you to contribute in any way you can. If you would like further information about the Foundation please contact us.