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Jayden Gibbons: Injured on tour.

Jayden Gibbons: Injured on tour.

A PONTHENRI mother has attacked the Welsh Rugby Union after it turned out that her son was not fully insured while on a club rugby tour.

15 year-old Jayden Gibbons was playing for Pontyberem RFC on a club tour to Ireland. In a game against Cork Dolphins he snapped his fibia and tibia in a tackle. “I tried moving my leg, and my ankle just fell to the floor,” he said.

Jayden was rushed to Cork University hospital with two club coaches in attendance. “They asked me how much pain I was in on a 1-10 scale, and I said 7, and they gave me pain relief and put a back slab on,” Jayden told us.

Even though his mother, Amanda had signed a form giving permission for the coaches to give consent to operate, she received a phone call that night saying that she had to go to Cork to sign a consent form. She left immediately and arrived in Cork early on Sunday morning. One of the club coaches had stayed with Jayden overnight. “The coaches were brilliant,” she said.

“When I got to the hospital, the consultant said that they wanted to operate, but he was sixteenth on the list, and they said it would be at least Wednesday before they could operate. Then he went down to 19th. They explained that we’d have to stay in Ireland for at least a few days after for Physiotherapy and checks, and they couldn’t put a time frame on how long we’d be there. I asked if it was possible to take him back to Wales for treatment, and the consultant gave consent and all the x-rays and medical details. They advised us to fly back.”

Meanwhile, back in Pontyberem, the club were in talks with the WRU. Before leaving, they had asked what insurance was necessary, and had been told to take out travel insurance, which everyone did. The club said that they received an email from the WRU which told them that players were insured during matches.

However, when they informed the WRU of the situation, the only response they got was that they would only pay out in cases of fatality or life-changing disability. Amanda then received a bill for the treatment that Jayden received in Ireland.

“If we had known they were only covered for fatality and disability, we’d have taken out our own insurance,” Amanda said.

“The coaches asked the WRU if we needed extra cover, and they said no, only travel insurance.”

Jayden’s leg has now been set, but he can’t walk on it for three months, and faces at least three months of recovery after the plaster is taken off.

Thankfully the club had raised money for the tour through its own fundraising activities, and they generously paid for Jayden’s treatment, as well as Amanda’s travel expenses.

“The club and the coaches have been amazing – I can’t thank them enough – but the WRU should have done this,” she pointed out.

She also thanked the hotel where Jayden stayed in Ireland, who let her stay there for free while she waited for news, and Stena Ferries, who helped transport Jayden home.

Amanda advised any club thinking about touring outside the UK to check the insurance policy thoroughly.

The Herald contacted the WRU asking for clarification on their insurance policies, but despite repeated phone calls, and emails, no one had responded at the time of going to press.

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




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.

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

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

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




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:

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Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package




A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.

People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.

However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.

That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.

Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.

“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.

“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.

“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”

The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.

The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.

Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.

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