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Welsh entrepreneurs launch app

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WELSH entrepreneurs are launching a search for the UK’s most fashionable pet to be the face of their new social petwork app, Fuzmo.

The free photo-sharing app launches live on the IOS and Android app store today (Friday 20th February). As part of the launch, the app is inviting owners to post pictures of their fashionista pets in a bid to become the face of Fuzmo.

The search follows a UK survey, conducted by Fuzmo, which reveals that one in five owners consider their pets to be fashionable while 70% dress up their pet or decorate its home for special occasions.

The results also reveal that UK owners are notably fashion conscious, with a quarter splashing out on pet clothes and two thirds investing in grooming products to style their pet’s look.

The Fuzmo app is an extension of Fuzmo.com, which already attracts 20,000 members worldwide and has more than three million followers on Instagram – including the likes of Katy Perry, Aaron Paul Sturtevant and Christina Perri.

Fuzmo was founded by Welsh entrepreneurs, Elliot Thomas and Jack Morris who launched the start up company with the help of online crowd funding, managing to raise £55,450 in just 11 days.

They then raised a further £50,000 following the success of their initial crowd funding project, receiving backing from three major investors including NewLook founder, Tom Singh.

The duo has recruited seven members of staff since the investment to help manage operations.

Elliot said: “We started by launching the Fuzmo website off our own backs, hoping it would support our business case to crowd fund the app. We knew we were on to something when we had thousands of members signup to Fuzmo.com from all over the world within just two months. Fortunately, many other people saw the potential of Fuzmo, too, and made a decision to invest in us. More than 20 of our initial investors are from the local community and we are so grateful for that vote of confidence which was invaluable in helping us to secure the investment we needed to launch the app. Jack and I make a great team. My background lies in tech and web design and Jack has an uncanny eye for spotting content which is going to be popular online – he can actually look at a photo and tell you how many likes and views it will get. Our combined skills meant that launching Fuzmo seemed to make perfect sense as a business venture.”

Jack said: “Our search for the UK’s most fashionable pet just shows what Fuzmo is all about – pampered pets that love to have their photograph taken and owners that want to share how much they love them with the world. Owners are very passionate about their pets and fill their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds with photos of them getting up to all sorts of mischief. By launching an app which allows pets to have an account of their very own, we hope to host an entire community of people who are passionate about animals and sharing pet-related content. The app will make it easy for owners to upload photos of their pets to Fuzmo when they’re on the move and we’re really excited to see cute and funny contributions from UK animal lovers.”

To take part in the search for the UK’s most fashionable pet, download the app to your device and post a photo of your pet using the hashtag #FaceofFuzmo.

To register an account with Fuzmo, download the app for free on iOS or Android, or visit fuzmo.com.

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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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