16th November 2020
A GROOVY youngster from Anglesey has danced his way to a fantastic fundraising total for the Welsh Ambulance Service.
Four-year-old Cody Duffy, of Holyhead, has always loved music and during the first national Coronavirus lockdown raised an impressive £960 for his local ambulance station by filming dance routines and posting them on a special Facebook page, Dance With Cody.
Cody’s mum, Vicky Duffy, explains: “We were taking part in the Clap For Carers one evening when Cody told me that he wanted to go and help all the sick people and key workers.
“I had to explain that we couldn’t go outside to physically help but that we could raise some money to donate to charity.
“That’s when he came up with the idea of doing his dancing and dressing in costumes to raise some money for the ambulance station where his hero Uncle Daz works.”
Uncle Daz is better known as Holyhead Ambulance Station’s Clinical Team Leader Darran McGinn, who has nothing but admiration for his nephew.
“Cody is a little star,” said Darran.
“We’re mega proud of him for helping like this and the extra kit we’ve purchased is coming in very handy.
“We’ve been able to buy 15 special kit bags for storing our vital personal protective equipment, 15 portable blood-oxygen measurement probes and also 15 fob watches which helps with our bare below the elbow policy.
“The staff here are all very grateful and look forward to seeing Cody again when he can drop by.”
Vicky added: “He’s always loved music and his current favourite track Is Everyday I’m Shuffling by LMFAO.
“He also loves songs from the musical Grease and anything by Michael Jackson.
“We want to thank everybody who donated on the JustGiving page
Cody’s videos have had thousands of views on the internet and didn’t go un-noticed by the media as he even appeared on Heart Radio with his mum to talk about it.
Someone else who noted Cody’s fantastic fundraising effort was Jason Killens, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service, who arranged a special certificate of thanks.
Jason said: “We thank Cody for his choice to support Holyhead Ambulance Station staff, and what a great way to cheer people up in lockdown.
“I know the staff will appreciate the additional kit and we thank him again for thinking of our frontline responders.”
Cody’s certificate was presented to him outside Holyhead Ambulance Station by Stephen Sheldon, Locality Manager for Gwynedd & Anglesey, and his Uncle Daz.
On top of this recognition, Cody was also nominated for another award by several people in his community.
The Holyhead Heroes Awards is a project run by community group Cybi Events and recognises people who have helped out locally during the pandemic.
James Morgan, Chair of Cybi Events, said: “Cody was put forward for a Holyhead Hero Award thanks to his positivity in these hard times and we will be recognising all nominees with a special certificate and badge for their community spirit.
“Well done Cody.”
The grateful crews from Holyhead station also had a whip-round and bought Cody a new Paw Patrol toy car play set.