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CARER’S THEFT FROM CLIENT, 92

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carerON THURSDAY (May 16), Bernadette George a 57-year-old carer from Pembrey was sentenced to a suspended term of imprisonment for off ences of fraud regarding an elderly client and one of her own relatives. _ e o_ ences came to light when the police were contacted by solicitors acting for the estate of the late Mr Howard Topliss, for whom George had acted as carer for over ten years before his death last year at the age of 92. Prosecutor Andrew Smith told Llanelli Magistrates that Mr Topliss’ relatives were aghast to discover that there was not enough money to cover his funeral costs.

When interviewed about the the_ s from Mr Topliss, the Defendant claimed that Mr Topliss’ relatives were motivated by greed, saying: “No one wanted him, now he is dead everyone wants his money.” Mr Smith told the Court that a Police investigation had uncovered the fact that Bernadette George had been taking money from Mr Topliss’ bank accounts. A large number of Mr Topliss’ family were present at court to witness proceedings. George had also been collecting Mrs Margaret George’s pension a_ er volunteering to do her shopping and pay her bills.

Andrew Smith told the court that the defendant had originally sought to conceal her wrongdoing in respect of Margaret George, who had complained to family members of being short of money, by alleging that her victim was spending money on alcohol. It also emerged that Margaret George’s Barclaycard had a debt of £5,000 and that all her utility bills were in arrears. When Barclaycard had written to Margaret George about ‘her’ indebtedness, the defendant had lied and told the company that her victim was in a care home. The court heard that the George had used the Barclaycard to pay the rent and rates for her daughter who was living in Hertfordshire.

Defending solicitor Richard Morgan told the court that his client had a clean record and had never been before the courts. He said: “She isn’t in the best state of health and I can safely say that she has been extremely anxious about this case and has made herself ill worrying.” Mr Morgan told the court that George had been known to Mr Topliss for 35 years and had played an active role in caring for him. The e court was also told that the real reason for the crime was that the defendant’s daughter was having financial dificulties. Mr Morgan said that George ‘accepts she should not have done it and she accepts that she has dug herself into a deeper hole. She acknowledges how family members would feel towards her but she cannot turn back the clock’. George was given a 24 week prison sentence for each offence suspended for 24 months and placed on a 6 months supervision order. She was also fined £3000 and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

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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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Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package

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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 www.persimmonhomes.com or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.

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