Merthyr’s best dad chosen
Kelvin Jones has been named as St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Star Dad following a heartfelt nomination by his stepdaughter Karah Prosser.
In celebration of Father’s Day, the shopping centre asked people in the local community to tell them why their dad is so special. After receiving a number of very worthy nominations, Kelvin was selected as the winner.
Karah said about her stepdad:
“I was just 6 years old when Kelvin became my stepdad and he has always treated me like I was his own daughter. He’s always spent time with me, taken me on trips and protected me, and is a fantastic grandfather to my children too. As well as looking after us all, he helps take care of my mum who is poorly and elderly friends as well - everyone loves my dad. He is definitely my best friend and my hero!”
Kelvin Jones, 58, added:
“I’m very shocked to have been chosen as the winner. I didn’t even know Karah had nominated me, but reading what she wrote was very humbling. Like most dads, I have just done what I thought was best for our family and it’s lovely to know that it’s appreciated.”
As well as being named as Merthyr’s Star Dad, Kelvin was awarded with a number of prizes from the stores in the shopping centre, including a watch from H Samuel, wallet from Card Factory, aftershave from Savers and a Father’s Day gift from Be-A-Beaut in the Indoor Market.
Nick Magor, Centre Manager St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:
“It’s clear from the nominations received that there are some amazing dads in Merthyr Tydfil. Karah’s email about Kelvin stood out because, even though he’s not her natural father, it was clear how much he had done for her and her family and what an influence he’d had on her life. A big well done from everyone at the shopping centre.”
St Tydfil Shopping Centre will be continuing to recognise deserving members of the local community for the remainder of the year. Future awards will include a young sportsperson, a teacher and a child who deserves a special treat this Christmas.
Above image shows behind from LtoR: Harris Miah from Savers, Shona Beverley from H Samuel, Nick Magor Centre Manager, Kelvin Jones Star Dad winner, Karah Prosser, Lynda Matthews from Card Factory and Farah Azis Proprietor Be-a-Beaut. Front: Kelvin Jones’ grandchildren Cameron Thomas and Lianna Thomas.