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Charity fundraiser reaches £1,000 target

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Carys Hope Nicholas: With volunteers, friends, relatives and Cardigan’s Tesco staff.

Carys Hope Nicholas: With volunteers, friends, relatives and Cardigan’s Tesco staff.

CARYS Hope Nicholas from Cardigan made her mind up a long time ago to stare her disability in the face and say ‘nothing is going to stop me’. Last weekend, Carys lived up to this by completing a 100km sponsored cycle ride at Cardigan Tesco. 

She was collecting funds in aid two charities that have been important to her – MENCAP Ceredigion and Shine Cymru.

Carys, who has Spina Bifida, had recently joined Cardigan’s Slimming World. She decided that while getting fit, she could also raise some much-needed funds for these charities and approached Tesco’s in Cardigan to see if they could help.

Although she was exhausted, Carys was all smiles after completing the ride. She said: “My Slimming Club adviser encouraged me to exercise despite the fact I was in a wheelchair. We found this hand cycle which did the trick and has helped me lose so much more weight.

“As soon as I decided to cycle for charity, I contacted Tesco and they were fantastic, agreeing to give me a space in the store for my bike ride. They were marvellous leading up to the event and during the day.

“The customers were so generous, not only with donations but with their kind words of encouragement which made the ride that little bit easier,” she added. “I have so many people to thank, from the volunteers who came to help with the collection buckets to the wonderful staff and customers of Tesco. I am especially thankful to the many friends who called in to the store during the day, my lovely Mum, my relatives and my partner Kirsty Bolton.

“Without their support I doubt I would have even made the first 10km”.

Dave Thomas, Tesco’s Community Champion, was there to organise the event. “Tesco is very proud to have supported Carys with this event,” he told The Herald. “The store and staff are always ready and pleased to support local organisations with fundraising and Carys’ cause was no exception.

“It came as no surprise to us to learn how generous our customers were with their giving. When we announced through our address system that Carys had reached her 100km target, the store just erupted.

“It was an amazing moment and we want to congratulate Carys on her accomplishment. We are proud to have been part of it.”

Jan Kench, the Chair of MENCAP Ceredigion, was there with many of the branch’s volunteers to cheer Carys on. She said: “Carys never fails to be an inspiration, not only to people with a disability but to everyone. She rode that 100km without stopping which shows her determination. No matter what disability she might have, she teaches us all that nothing should stop us from accomplishing our dreams.”

Carys is delighted to report that she has reached her £1000 target and knows that every penny will benefit people just like her. Carys said as she left the store that she is already planning her next fundraising event and is in search of other charities to support.

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Antisocial behaviour falls as police operation continues

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POLICE said that they saw a reduction in antisocial behaviour involving young people in Carmarthenshire over the weekend, following weeks of increased activity.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers proactively patrolled areas which have recently become hot spots for teenagers to gather and drink alcohol as part of an ongoing operation.

A police presence was also maintained on trains between Llanelli and Carmarthen to identify how many youngsters were travelling in the area and where they were getting off.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “Over the weekend we continued our work to target, deter and deal with antisocial behaviour and underage drinking in hot spots identified primarily in Llanelli and Burry Port.

“Section 34 dispersal orders had been put in place ahead of the weekend, meaning we could move on anyone likely to cause antisocial behaviour, but thankfully they were not required. This is an improvement on previous weekends when we have had to exercise these powers.

“A significant number of young people were spoken to, with the vast majority being pleasant, not under the influence of alcohol, and not causing any trouble.

“Members of the public acknowledged the high police presence, as did the young people, and this might have deterred underage drinking.

“We are very pleased to have seen the change in attitudes and behaviour this weekend.”

The force received just one call reporting youngsters gathering at Burry Port harbour, with no offences or antisocial behaviour identified by attending officers.

Of the young people spoken two over the weekend, two were found with alcohol which was seized. Follow-up antisocial behaviour letters will be issued, and home visits will take place shortly.

Groups were also reminded of the dangers of swimming near the harbour and were encouraged to take their rubbish home.

Officers on the rail network removed one drunk adult from a train.

Sgt Davies said: “I would like to thank all officers involved in the operation over the weekend, as well as the young people who made sure they stayed within the law while enjoying the weather.

“We will be out and about again next weekend and throughout the summer, making sure the area is enjoyable for all who visit.”

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Lord Lieutenant visits Mass Vaccination Centre

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Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sarah Edwards, has paid tribute to all those involved in the COVID-19 vaccination programme during a visit to the Y Ffwrness Mass Vaccination Centre in Llanelli.

During the visit on Wednesday 9th June she was joined by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col David Mathias, and the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mr.Jonathan Gravell. They met and spoke to the centre’s vaccinators, NHS staff, security staff and volunteers.

To date, the collective efforts of mass vaccination centres, GP practices and community pharmacies in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, have resulted in the Hywel Dda University Health Board delivering over 431,850 vaccinations. This means 266,785 of the eligible population have now received a first vaccine, and 165,056 have received both doses.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed said: “It was wonderful to see first-hand the incredible work being undertaken by the vaccinators, NHS staff and volunteers. They have played a crucial role in the success of the vaccine rollout programme. I would also pay tribute to the public for their overwhelmingly positive response to getting vaccinated.”

Maria Battle, Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “On behalf of the health board, I was delighted to welcome Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col David Mathias, and the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mr Jonathan Gravell. I am deeply proud of everyone involved in the vaccination programme and I’m glad they got to see for themselves the incredibly work being undertaken to help get us through this pandemic.”

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Alcohol seized and teenager arrested as police deal with antisocial behaviour

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POLICE seized large amounts of alcohol and arrested a teenager as they continued to deal with antisocial behaviour over the weekend.

Dyfed-Powys Police had proactive plans in place to deal with ongoing issues of groups of youngsters gathering in Carmarthenshire following rising reports of alcohol-related antisocial behaviour over the past two months.

Dispersal orders were in place across Llanelli and Burry Port, giving police the powers to move anyone believed to be causing a nuisance, harassment or distress out of the area.

Officers patrolling the rail network in Carmarthenshire on Saturday noticed a large amount of young people getting off the train at Ferryside, where an additional dispersal order was put in place and alcohol was seized.

Officers were also required to deal with children trespassing on the railway tracks.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “We had received reports of children with alcohol running across the tracks, which posed a huge danger to themselves and others, and had to be stopped as a priority.

“One boy who was detained became abusive towards officers and could not be reasoned with. Officers had no choice but to arrest him for his own safety and to prevent further offences from being committed.

“This incident goes to show that the kind of behaviour we are dealing with goes beyond groups of young people meeting to have a good time, and is putting people in highly dangerous situations.”

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on the railway and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries by British Transport Police.

Early intervention was taken in the Trostre area of Llanelli, where officers noticed groups of children meeting on Saturday.

Sgt Davies said: “More than 60 young people were moved on from both locations and a large amount of alcohol was seized.

“Out of these groups, four notices were issued to those causing the most trouble in the Trostre area which prevented them from returning, and each of these youngsters were taken home.

“This swift action was a deterrent to other young people who were planning on joining the groups and were still travelling to the area.”

“We will continue to put plans in place each weekend and over the summer holidays to deal with antisocial behaviour, using all powers available to us to put a stop to it.”

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