twenty-four of which were affiliated to the Welsh National Auxiliary.
As stated previously, the Welsh National Auxiliary was constituted in 1921. The Countess of Plymouth became president in 1922 and for many years rendered excellent service, frequently visiting the Auxiliaries of various local YMCAs, and for over twenty years, the Hon. Mrs. J. H. Bruce fulfilled with enthusiasm the office of chairman.
During the years of industrial depression and unemployment in the 1920s, the National Auxiliary together with all local Auxiliaries in South Wales made hundreds of garments for the children of unemployed men and distributed 127 bales of clothing which were sent to the Lord Aberdare Memorial House after an appeal had been made by H.H. Princess Helena Victoria. Food vouchers were also distributed. (More detailed information has already been given in a previous chapter).
Later, on seven occasions the Welsh National Council made the arrangements necessary for H.H. Princess Helens. Victoria to visit YMCAs in various towns and districts of South Wales, to perform public ceremonies to assist financial appeals and kindred efforts.
On her first visit, Her Highness attended a meeting at the City Hall, Cardiff to receive purses from affiliated Auxiliaries. Places visited included Cardiff, the Rhondda, Newport, Brecon, Barry, St. Fagans, Swansea, Bridgend, and Pontypridd. The schools camp at Glan-y-Mor was also visited.
H.R.H. -The Princess Mary, also visited South Wales on two occasions. Once to the Lord Plymouth YMCA at St. Athan and to Coleg y Fro, the YMCA Youth
College, Rhoose, and later, Swansea and
The Welsh National Council and local considerable grants received from the occasions. It has reason to regard the Auxiliary with pride and gratitude. All the Auxiliary has achieved outstanding
YMCAs benefited much by the proceeds of efforts on these results of the Welsh National down the years since its inception, results of raising annually an
average of approximately £600., together with special efforts, proceeds from which were applied to the building costs of Glan-y-Mor, Coleg y Fro and several YMCA Boys' Clubs.
H.H. Princess Helena Victoria had considerable interest in the many estimable activities of the Welsh National Women's Auxiliary and frequently paid tribute to their wholehearted and loyal endeavours. Her Highness occasionally enquired from representatives of the Welsh National Council attending meetings in London, "How are my ladies in Wales faring?" and then would refer to particular spheres of activities in Wales.
The Welsh National Women's Auxiliary became one of the leading District Auxiliaries in the Country. Its responsible activities involved the raising of funds and making provision for various meetings. It was prominent in organising relief measures during unemployment periods, for miners and others and participated in extending the educational work of the Welsh YMCAs, the Holiday Centres and the overseas and missionary movements of the Associations.
The Welsh National Women's Auxiliary became much interested in the YMCA Overseas Work in the early years of the 1950s and its Committee made an annual financial effort to support the movement. The occasion which prompted interest arose from preparations to celebrate the one hundredth