Today I visited a part of the South Wales coast that I have not been to for many years, Langland Bay in the Mumbles area of Swansea. It is a beautiful part of the country. I walked along the coastal path until I saw a breath-taking vision of the coast. I stopped for for a little while here and rested at this headland on a public bench which had the dedication on the bench that is in the photograph below.
It was a very poignant moment, the message gripped me and I took the image of the coast with the public bench in the shot. It is easy to understand why this view kept the mentioned POW Keith Bailey thinking of home in those very difficult times.
The mentioned Austin Bailey Foundation was established on 1st of February 1984 by the late Keith Bailey who, despite being a prisoner of war with the Japanese from 1942 to 1945, was acutely conscious of his own good fortune in life.
As a result, he was always keen to help those less fortunate who are in need or adversity.
Canon Don Lewis, then Vicar of Swansea, assisted in setting up the trust and remained a Trustee, good friend and staunch supporter of its aims until his death.
The trustees of the Austin Bailey Foundation normally meet in May and December. Donations are made in the following categories;
- Local Charities in Swansea and district; - approximately 50% of unrestricted income is used for local charities and local branches of national charities who help children and families, those who are disabled, infirm, aged or in need.
- Local Churches in the City and County of Swansea; - approximately 25% of unrestricted income is donated to local churches for the furtherance of the Christian faith.
- Overseas Charities; - approximately 25% of unrestricted income is given to relief agencies for the relief of poverty and ill-health, and the fostering of opportunities for young people in the developing world.
Please note I have no connection with the Austin Bailey Foundation.