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Fundraising schoolboy gets surprise from rugby star

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28.11.16 Principality Achievment Award Winner Sam Milligan with Ospreys player James King (left) and Principality Finance Director Steve Hughes (right) at the Peony Breast Cancer Unit, Prince Phillip Hospital, Llanelli Picture by Nick Treharne

Sam Milligan: With Ospreys player James King (left) and Principality Finance Director Steve Hughes (right)

A SCHOOLBOY from Llanelli got an extra special surprise from a Welsh rugby star who presented him with an award honouring his fundraising efforts for a local breast cancer ward.

Sam Milligan, a year eight pupil at Ysgol y Strade, was presented with Principality Building Society’s Achievement Award by Welsh international rugby player James King, after he raised £2000 for the Peony Suite breast cancer ward at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital. After his mother Heidi Milligan was treated for breast cancer at the hospital, Sam started fundraising through charity cycle rides, receiving the support of his school mates, family and teachers with donations along the way.

Visiting Prince Phillip Hospital to hand over his fundraising cheque to the ward, Sam had no idea he would also be presented with the inaugural Principality Building Society Achievement Award, with an Ospreys player on hand to do the honours.

Wales’ largest building society Principality currently work with Ysgol y Strade through its Business Class scheme, a business engagement programme for schools across Wales aiming to help develop life skills and financial education in young people. After hearing of Sam’s outstanding fundraising total, Principality launched the Achievement Award, which will now be given to a different pupil every term who has done something remarkable to help their community.

Sure to be the most popular student in school, Sam has won a tour of the home of Welsh rugby, Principality Stadium, as well as lunch in a VIP hospitality box for him and his 23 classmates.

After receiving the special honour from Principality Building Society, 13 year old Sam said: “I was totally shocked and surprised. I was really excited to see James King as he is a great rugby player. My parents were really shocked and extremely proud of me. When my classmates found out about the VIP tour of the Principality stadium they were ecstatic.”

Head of Business at Ysgol y Strade, Daniel Hughes, said: “Sam is an exceptional young man who sets an example to his peers. Everyone at the school is extremely proud of him and his efforts. His determination and passion to support such a great cause has been excellent and we’re proud to say that he’s a pupil of Ysgol Y Strade.

“Being able to surprise him this evening with the Principality Achievement Award gives him the recognition he deserves. Sam is the award’s first winner and has set the highest of benchmarks for the future.”

Principality Building Society will be working with Ysgol y Strade for three years through its Business Class scheme, helping to build confidence and aspirations in the young people at the school.

Group finance director of Principality, Steve Hughes, said: “Sam’s achievements are incredible and very deserving of the first Principality Achievement Award.  He is a great example of a courageous, hard-working and driven young person, it was fantastic to meet him and his family, teachers and friends must be so proud.

“It was great to be involved and we at Principality are proud to be at the heart of communities across Wales. We hope the Business Class scheme will further raise the aspirations of young people at Ysgol y Strade and across the country before they enter the workplace. Sam is a great role model.  I’m sure he and his classmates will enjoy a special and well-deserved day out at Principality Stadium.”

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Gigabit broadband voucher scheme boost for Wales

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THE UK’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is to be given a boost in Wales thanks to a new partnership between the Welsh and UK Governments. Ministers from both Governments are now urging Welsh businesses and communities to apply for the funding to get gigabit speeds.

The announcement follows an agreement between the UK and Welsh Governments, and reflects the higher costs of deploying fibre infrastructure in Wales, as a result of the country’s topography and the location of premises.

The UK Government’s Gigabit broadband vouchers – worth up to £2500 – are currently available to small businesses and surrounding local communities to contribute to the installation costs of a gigabit-capable broadband connection.

Under the new arrangements, the Welsh Government will provide an additional £3,000 for businesses up to a certain size and an additional £300 per residential property. This means that for group* projects in Wales up to £5,500 is available per business, compared with £2,500 elsewhere in the UK. Up to £800 will now be available per residential property in Wales, compared with £500 elsewhere.

Deputy Minister for Economy Lee Waters said: “Although the vast majority of premises in Wales can now access superfast broadband, we are working hard on assisting the remaining five per cent that cannot access it and where commercial companies have no plans to reach. There is no one size fits all solution to reach the final premises, and the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme is an important part of a suite of measures to achieve this.

“This voucher scheme can provide a vital funding source for group connectivity projects, and could be of great benefit to communities currently without access.
I’m pleased we’ve been able to work with the UK Government to provide an enhanced scheme for Wales, taking into account the particular challenges we face here with geography and the location of premises.”

UK Minister for Digital Margot James said: “This exclusive scheme for Welsh businesses and communities is a vital part of our modern Industrial Strategy and build a Britain that is fit for the future. Working with the Welsh Government, together we can make sure that everyone in Wales has the connectivity they need for the digital age.”

The voucher scheme forms part of a package aimed at improving connectivity in Wales. The Welsh and UK Government funded £200 million Superfast Cymru programme has already taken superfast broadband speeds to more than 733,000 Welsh homes and businesses commercial companies had no plans to cover. The Welsh Government is also investing a further £22.5 million to reach an additional 26,000 premises and the UK Government is introducing a Universal Service Obligation** that will make fast broadband a legal right for every home and business in Wales by 2020.

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Rescuers attend to injured construction workers in New Dock Street

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A MULTI AGENCY rescue operation is underway in Llanelli involving all three emergency services after an incident at a construction site.

Workers have been at the New Dock Street site, working for around three years, The Herald understands.

The Herald has been told that a piece of plant malfunctioned causing the emergency, which happened earlier this evening (Mar 19).

Four fire engines and three ambulances are at the scene, our reporter said.

A specialist line rescue team is involved in the recovery operation.

An eye-witness told the press that three workers have been affected.

The source said: “Concrete had just been mixed and had been poured into a skip which was then lifted using a machine. The concrete was being lowered into the hole, it’s probably about 20ft and then the machine toppled over.”

He added: “Two men climbed out of the hole on their own and as a precaution the third man was told to stay down there. The workers were told to leave the site as a precaution.”

At least one person has been seen being taken away in an ambulance.

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Llanelli: Met Bar incident investigated

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AN INCIDENT which resulted in a 51-year old man having to go hospital is being investigated by Dyfed-Powys Police.

The man has been discharged from Glangwili Hospital but police are looking in to how the incident happened and how the man fell down some steps.

The incident happened outside the Met Bar in Llanelli on Saturday night (Mar 16).

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police told the Herald: “At approximately 10.55pm on Saturday March 16, officers responded to reports of an injured man outside The Met Bar, Station Road, Llanelli, after he’d fallen down some steps at the location.

“Ambulance was at scene, and the 51 year old man was conveyed to Glangwili Hospital with what was thought to have been a serious head injury. He was then later discharged from hospital, and the head injury was no longer believed to be serious.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting DPP/3011/16/03/2019/02/C. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908

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