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Three centenarians living in home

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Centenarians: Gwenllian Davies (centre), who will be 110 in October, with other centenarians Winston Peregrine (left) and Mary Kier (right)

WALES’ oldest person, Gwenllian Davies, has lived through two world wars, and will be 110 in October.
Gwenllian is a resident at Carmarthenshire County Council’s Awel Twyi care home in Ffairfach, Llandeilo, where two other supercentenarians also live – retired nurse Mary Kier, aged 103, and retired farmer Winston Peregrine, aged 102.
Home manager, Sharon Dyer, said: “To have three supercentenarians among 38 residents is quite exceptional. People have asked us what we put in the tea. It is nothing but love and attention and a really happy environment.”
Health and social care executive board member, Cllr Jane Tremlett, said Gwenllian is a wise, well-read and witty person who has led a fulsome and incredible life spanning an amazing century of great changes.
Confessing to be a little deaf and sometimes forgetful, Gwenllian, who was a farmer’s daughter and then farmer’s wife in Pontardawe for most of her life, still walks unaided and serves tea for her visitors.
The remarkable Gwenllian was born on October 5 1905, the same day of the first aeroplane flight lasting half an hour by the Wright brothers and the year Albert Eistein published his papers for his theory of relativity.
The era of fight might have been in its infancy but by the time she was 36, in 1941, Gwenllian can remember being horrified watching from her hilltop valley farm home above Swansea the destruction by the Luftwaffe in a three-day blitz.
The First World War still wrankles with her because her pocket money was reduced from 1d a week to a halfpenny – “The war wasn’t my fault,” she said, “why should I be penalised?!”
Gwenllian remembers the horror of seeing Swansea ‘lighting up’ and ‘ablaze with explosions day and night’.
Widow of Arthur, who died in 1970, Gwenllian has no children but her farm Lletty Philip was often open house to children from the Pontardawe community and nephews and nieces who called her Aunty Gwennie.
Her great nephew and wife Martin and Eleri recall as many as a dozen children at a time on the farm on Saturday mornings and as many would sleep over.
Eleri says all the children worked hard helping with the milking, herding and the sheep and all would look forward to the legendary big breakfasts cooked up by Gwenllian. She would have as many as 24 eggs sizzling in the pan and against all health advice eat only the white fatty bits of bacon.
Gwenllian cut and gathered hay on the farm for many years before the advent of combine harvesters and was also known for being able to sow and collect potatoes in furrows over hundreds of yards without raising her head.
Before moving into Awel Tywi five years ago, Gwenllian would often be seen outside her Llandeilo home weeding the garden until the light faded each day – never losing her farming instincts.
Eleri says: “Gwenllian is a remarkably intelligent woman who has worked hard all her life. She has never smoked or had anything other than the odd celebratory drink. Gwenllian’s main aim in life has been to help and support others. She has always been well known for her kindness.”

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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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