FAMILY, friends and politicians turned up to honour the memory of former Grangetown councillor Chris Lomax at a charity dinner on Saturday, October 21.
The fundraiser raised over £1,000 for Diabetes UK Cymru. More than 80 guests met at the Mercure Holland House Hotel on Newport Road, including AM Vaughan Gething, a friend of the councillor who died last year.
The evening was organised by Coun Lomax’s grandson Ashley Lister. He chose the charity because his grandfather had lived with Type 1 diabetes.
“I’ve known how life-changing it can be,” said Coun Lister.
“The work they do lobbying on behalf of and providing support to sufferers and their families, as well as screening and awareness raising and crucially the breakthrough research is why I feel they are such a worthy cause to support.”
Chris Lomax moved to Grangetown over 50 years ago and became councillor of the ward in 2012. He loved his job and worked right up until his death, a day after attending his final council meeting. Coun Lister said: “He wasn’t happier than when he was helping others, which is why he loved being a Councillor so much.
“He was proud of everything he achieved and more so of what those around him achieved.”
Also serving the Grangetown ward, Coun Lister plans to increase awareness for diabetes in the future.
“I don’t want to end my support for Diabetes UK Cymru this evening. That is why I’ll be working with them to increase awareness and screening across my area and I’d urge others to do the same. I’ve offered to help in anyway i can and will also continue to fundraise when possible.”
Coun Lister plans to do a charity skydive in February: “It’s all booked so there’s no backing out now! I am going to jump from an aeroplane!”