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Church in Wales achieves Fairtrade status

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churchinwalesfairtradeTHE CHURCH IN WALES is celebrating Fairtrade status after most of its parishes pledged their support to the campaign.

The First Minister of Wales will hand over the certificate of accreditation to the Archbishop of Wales at the Royal Welsh Show on Monday, July 20.

It will be a significant moment for the Church which launched its bid to become a Fairtrade church in 2012 and is now the first of the 83 provinces in theworldwideAnglicanCommunionto achieve the status.

Fairtradechampionswereappointed in each of its six dioceses to encourage individual churches to pledge to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee at events and include issues of trade justice in their prayer, worship and teaching. On top of that, the Church introduced Fairtrade Sunday with special prayers and readings for use during Fairtrade fortnight in February. Many churches have also committed to using Fairtrade wine for Communion and cathedrals are using Fairtrade Palestinian olive oil for Chrism services. Fairtrade has also been promoted at church conferences and fairs.

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said, “We are very grateful to our Fairtrade champions for the enormous amount of work they have put into promoting Fairtrade among our congregations.

“We are proud to be the very first Fairtrade Anglican Province in the world – but that doesn’t mean we stop here; we are still encouraging more churches to sign up, and spread the word about the importance of trade justice in all its forms, both at home and overseas.”

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, said, “I’d like to congratulate the Church in Wales on gaining Fair Trade accreditation and becoming the first Province in the Anglican Communion to do so.

“Their champions from churches across Wales have worked hard to achieve the status and we hope their success will inspire other Welsh organisations to take up the baton.”

ElenJones, thenationalcoordinator of Fair Trade Wales said, “Following on from the partnership agreement made with the two Welsh farmers unions in 2010 and 2011, it is a poignant time to remind ourselves of the importance of ‘buying local and Fairtrade’. Supporting the local economy and buying Welsh produce like milk, goes hand-in-hand with supporting sustainableinternationaltradethrough Fairtrade, like tea and coffee, things we can’t grow in Wales. Ensuring fair prices, fairer terms of trade and sustainable livelihoods is a vital way for the people of Wales to play a role in creating a better world for all.”

Canon Carol Wardman, the Bishops’ Adviser for Church and Society added, “Many people would have first come across Fairtrade productsatchurch– wewerepromoting them many years before they started to sell at supermarkets. So we are thrilled we can now say we are a Fairtrade church and continue to do all we can to promote this important principle of justice and equality.”

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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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