UVAG member David Green’s funeral in Wales’ national paper

Posted: April 28, 2015 in Musings
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http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/hollywood-star-michael-sheen-steps-9138636

Anti Opencast Protester Dave Green (left) with Actor Michael Sheen
Anti Opencast Protester Dave Green with Actor Michael Sheen, picture by Ian Pritchard, 2014.

Hollywood star Michael Sheen has helped raise funds for a proper funeral for a penniless campaigner he met during the filming of his BBC documentary Valleys Rebellion.

Anti opencast mining activist Dave Green had died of lung cancer aged 74 and was set for a state-funded pauper’s funeral.

Newport-born Nixon star Sheen stepped in after being made aware of it by the United Valleys Action Group he had met while filming his programme on the Chartist Uprising.

‘He made a big impact on me’

He both helped publicise the fund-raising campaign by the group so the campaigner from Pontlottyn in the Rhymney Valley could have a proper funeral and donated an undisclosed sum himself.

After hearing the news, Sheen asked his 230,000 Twitter followers to help.

He added a fourth post with a link to the fundraising page, saying it was his “honour” to help.

Two days later, on Sunday, he thanked everyone who had helped raise £1,000 and added another plea for donations.

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Eddy Blanche, Vice Chairman of the United Valleys Action Group, had initially contacted the US-based star and said that Mr Green should be “buried with the dignity he deserves”.

Mr Green was an active campaigner for the United Valleys Action Group who campaigned tirelessly to stop the proposed opencast mine in Rhymney, even after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Dave Green on a protest march in Cardiff Bay
Dave Green on a protest march in Cardiff Bay

Mr Blanche said:

“We will make sure that Dave’s final farewell will be a fitting one for someone who spent so much of his latter years selflessly campaigning and helping others.”

Eddy said he was “Completely blown away by the support, both locally and even from people who had never met Dave.

“It’s things like this that really do restore your faith in humanity.”

The United Valleys Action Group’s fundraising page for Dave’s funeral can be found at  www.gofundme.com/su6q7c

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