PRESS RELEASE: Neath Hospital benefits from work by local photographer

Neath Hospital League of Friends Donation

Mike Davies, Local Photographer chooses Neath Hospital’s League of Friends to benefit from photos taken of Vattenfall’s wind turbine components.

For several weeks Mike Davies, 72 from Cadoxton, Neath has been taking photos of Vattenfall’s turbine component deliveries and installations for their 76 turbine, 228 MW Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project, currently being constructed on Natural Resources Wales’ Managed Estate. With 684 abnormal loads travelling from Swansea Docks to site from November 2015 to Summer 2016 and installations taking place between January 2016 and late 2016, Mike has not been short of material for his collection.

“I got involved with Neath Hospital League of Friends after having open heart surgery and cancer treatment. I wanted to give something back and my love of photography has made this possible. Taking photos of the turbine deliveries and installations has been great fun, yet the timings can be rather unpredictable, sometimes meaning a long wait before getting the perfect shot. The lorry drivers and police officers escorting the convoy know my face now and always give me a friendly wave or nod en route,” said Mike Davies, Local Photographer.

Arthur Bowden, aged 84, Chairman of Neath Hospital’s League of Friends said, “As volunteers we run many fundraising events to raise money for the hospital and currently sell some of Mike’s work on our stall in the hospital foyer. Mike takes fantastic photos of many things locally as repayment to the hospital for saving his life. The photos of the turbine components are fantastic and we are pleased that Vattenfall have recognised his talent in order to benefit us financially.”

Emily Faull, Media and Public Relations Officer for Vattenfall said, “We have had several individuals excited by the sight of our deliveries who have shared photos with us, mainly via social media. When amazing photos started to come through regularly we were intrigued. Although Mike has never been a professional his work is of professional standard. It has been fun and exciting to work with him and we have been delighted to support the charity of his choice.”

Mike looks to continue taking snaps of the project due to be fully operational by the end of 2016, providing a Community Fund of £1.8 million per annum.