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Llanelli’s own points of light




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Point of Light: A delighted Sherilyn

A LLANELLI couple, Anthony and Sherilyn Hamilton-Shaw have received a Point of Light award from Prime Minister David Cameron. 

The award was given for outstanding volunteering and inspiring others. The couple have helped install 200 defibrillators across Wales through their charity Cariad, which was set up in 2012 when Sherilyn was diagnosed with a heart abnormality.

Cariad began by installing defibrillators in Sherilyn’s home town of Llanelli and has since been responsible for recruiting volunteers, extensive fundraising, raising awareness and providing training in partnership with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Community First Responders. The Prime Minister praised the couple’s tireless work in raising awareness of how defibrillators can save lives.

Sherilyn found personal fame as a contestant on ‘The X Factor’, wowing the judges with her singing and touching the hearts of viewers with her own story.

Talking about the award, Anthony Hamilton-Shaw said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised along with all the people in the community who have worked so hard to make this a success. The award emanates from something started by George W Bush where he recognised outstanding individuals in the community. It was taken on in the UK, with anyone in the community being brought to the attention of the Cabinet Office and then the Prime Minister.”

Explaining the importance of defibrillators, Anthony told The Herald: “Some people don’t realise that the defibrillators can make a massive difference between life and death. 8,000 people in Wales will suffer a cardiac arrest outside hospital environment each year. A defibrillator can be placed onto a person to analyse the rhythm of their heart. It helps in assessing whether the patient requires a controlled electric shock. CPR can be given at the scene. We want to place as many as possible in places of work, schools and community halls.

“Ideally we would like them within 200 yards of each other in built up areas.. If a defibrillator is 3 minutes away it is 6 minutes before the person gets help. What we have started doing is a new partnership with front line fire services including the Fire Service. Don’t be surprised if a fire engine turns up to a cardiac arrest.”

Anthony concluded: “We provide free life saving support to organisations and community first responder teams. Our work is mainly based around communities and schools. Everybody knows somebody with a heart related condition. We are running campaign in February called ‘Defibruary’. We are asking people to take selfies with a defibrillator in background to raise awareness of their locations.”

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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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