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McDonald’s fundraiser great success

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screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-09-24-30THE RECENT half term period saw McDonald’s staff, plus several thousand customers, participate in raising a highly respectable £6,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charity.

Jungle themed characters at the local Parc Trostre branch provided entertainment throughout the day, on Saturday, October 22. With face painting, competitions, dress-up and drive-through donations, the event proved rather colourful.

Kayleigh Phillips, shift manager at Cross Hands, staged the Phil Evans and Friends Stand-Up Comedy Showcase at Tumble Working Man’s Club.

Julian Bowen Sargent, Manager of Ronald McDonald House, located in Cardiff, said: “We are so grateful to Kayleigh for organising one of many wonderful events on our chosen fundraiser day. Also, a big thank you to Phil Evans for his magnificent support to us.

“We are so fortuna te in having people raise awareness for us and to aid in raising funds which are much-needed for our new house for families and their children who are currently being treated in hospital, just a stone’s throw away.”

As we’re all aware, going into the hospital environment is a daunting experience for any child, as well as anxious times for remaining family members. A lot of stress can be alleviated through providing provisions of food as well as the basic need of sleep. This helps to allow families to focus on the well-being of their child and monies raised help substantially for families who need to use the facilities.

Ronald McDonald House Charity is solely independent, it provides free ‘Home Away From Home’ accommodation to families with seriously ill children in hospitals throughout the United Kingdom.

It enables closeness to be retained when the patient is undergoing treatment, resulting in maintaining a degree of normality within family life.

Julian concluded: “On Saturday, October 22, McDonald’s restaurants across the UK took part in ‘Help Keep Families Close!’ fundraising day which saw staff take part in the fun-packed jungle-themed events.”

The Manager added: “Activities ranged from dress-up, face painting, raffles, name the teddy plus many cake bakes. All money raised today within South Wales goes directly to Cardiff’s Ronald McDonald House.”

The house is set for completion by late 2017 and will have 30 en-suite bedrooms, as well as kitchens, lounges, playroom areas plus laundry facilities for families whose child is in hospital.

The house will be the charity’s first in Wales and shall serve families with children being cared for by The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales and babies at the neonatal unit at the University Hospital of Wales.

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Further childcare hub opening in Llanelli

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AN additional childcare hub has opened in Llanelli this week (w/c Monday, May 25) due to increasing demand to provide care for children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

It will be located at Ysgol Ffwrnes in Llanelli and follows the opening of an extra three hubs at Bryn Primary School in Llanelli, Model Primary School in Carmarthen and Ysgol Tycroes.

It is important that numbers are kept low at the hubs to ensure the health and safety of both the children and staff.

Parents are being reminded to keep their children at home where possible to help contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). However, if you are a critical worker, and your child cannot stay at home, then your childcare will be prioritised.

Parents should only apply for childcare to cover their working hours; and are also being reminded to please cancel as soon as possible if they no longer need the provision.

Please note the timetable for applications to the childcare hubs has also changed, and that applications now close at 5pm on the Wednesday of the week before.

Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to consider any applications made after deadline. Due to the significant increase in demand for places at our hubs we must make sure they are staffed sufficiently. The health and safety of both staff and pupils is vital and has to be our main priority.

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How Wales created 19 new field hospitals in less than 8 weeks…

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Across Wales the Welsh Government is supporting the NHS to create new field hospitals and rapidly increase bed capacity.
Health boards have repurposed existing buildings, including the Principality Stadium, a holiday park and even a television studio to provide an additional 6,000 beds.Field hospitals are designed to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by providing extra bed capacity but they will also help normal hospital services be restarted and support social care services.Last month, the first patients were admitted to Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig at the Principality Stadium, in Cardiff.

Four to six weeks

Here is how Wales almost doubled its bed capacity in less than eight weeks…The time it has taken to nearly double hospital bed capacity in Wales, creating field hospitals across the nation.

19 field hospitals in Wales
This includes the repurposing of Bluestone Holiday Park and Parc y Scarlets in west Wales and Venue Cymru in north Wales.

1,500 beds at the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig
Making it one of the largest field hospitals in the UK.

Five days
The length of time it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig, which overlapped with the build phase.

3,000
The number of planning hours, involving more than 20 different disciplines, it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig.

£166m
Welsh Government funding for the set up, construction and equipment for field hospitals in Wales.

138,000
The number of pieces of equipment have been provided to help support field hospitals, including beds, imaging equipment, syringe drivers and medicines.

Three North Wales field hospitals have the name Enfys
Meaning rainbow – the symbol of hope and thank you to the NHS during the pandemic.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children

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Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.

Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic.  As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real.  Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.

Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help.  My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.

‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’

Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge.  Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund. 

‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most.  I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’

If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb

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