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12 November 2013

CAVC Sport students commemorate victims of Welsh mining disasters

A group of Sport students from Cardiff and Vale College have raised funds to contribute to a memorial to the victims of Wales’ worst mining disaster.

As part of their Welsh Baccalaureate, the Level 1 Sports students took part in a range of projects examining different aspects of the Senghenydd mining disaster, which saw its centenary last month.

The group also sponsored two young miners who died in the disaster, and raised £100 to purchase bricks for the Welsh National Mining Memorial that remembers the names of Welsh miners who lost their lives in mining disasters. They chose Thomas Cooke, 16, and William Morgan, 17, as the students and miners were similar in age when Thomas and William were among the 440 men killed in the 1913 explosion at Senghenydd.

“The students’ fund raising involved a ten-mile walk from the homes of the two young miners – who lived on the same street in Caerphilly – to the mine in Senghenydd,” Sport Lecturer Angela Harney said. “Their story is a poignant one and the fundraiser was called ‘In the Footsteps of Tom and Will’.”

The fundraising work also involved meeting members of the Senghenydd Disaster Fund, visiting their museum and watching a film about the colliery disaster. The students also went to the National History Museum at St Fagans where they learned about housing conditions at the time of the disaster and dressed up in clothes from that era.