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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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Conservatives in disarray over alleged Christmas party lockdown breach




THE CONSERVATIVE Party is investigating the attendance of senior Senedd members and staff at a Christmas party held during December’s lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions prohibit mixing with people outside your own household.

The Welsh restrictions barring such gatherings follow the basic outline of those imposed by the Conservative UK Government in December.

Those attending the drinks party included Paul Smith, the Conservative Chief of Staff at the Senedd, Darren Millar, the Party’s Chief Whip and campaign coordinator, and Preseli Pembrokeshire MS and Conservative Senedd Group Leader Paul Davies.

The Herald understands that a Labour Senedd Member who attended the Party has been suspended by the Labour Senedd Group pending its own investigation.

The Conservatives’ embarrassment at talking the talk but not walking the walk is intensified by Darren Millar’s presence at the shindig.

In May, Mr Millar led calls for Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething to be sacked for eating a bag of chips in a park with one of his own children.

If the Conservative Party follows the logic of their previously stated positions, Mr Millar’s and Mr Davies’ futures look bleak indeed.

With a Senedd election only months away, the revelations have thrown the Conservatives into disarray.

If they do nothing, the Conservatives will – at the very least – face claims they are hypocrites.

If the Conservative Party acts decisively, it faces massive internal problems.

The Conservatives responded to our request for a response to our story.

Those involved stressed they did not host a Christmas Party.

The incident happened on December 8, when the above met in the members’ tea room to discuss legislation for possible inclusion in the Welsh Conservative manifesto with a Labour backbencher.

During the evening they did drink a glass or two of wine.

They stress that at no point were there more than four people in the room at any one time and that they maintained social distancing.

A joint statement from Paul Davies, Darren Millar, and Paul Smith said: “We are profoundly sorry for our actions.

“While we did not break the rules, we recognise that what was part of a day’s work would not be seen to be following the spirit of them, especially given the tough time the country has been going through.”

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Family tribute to Carole Patricia Fowler




Carole was a teacher for 30 years at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Llanelli. She loved children and they loved her. 

As one of her past colleagues said: “I know she made such a difference to every child she taught.” She was very popular with staff and well respected and loved by parents. She was dedicated and conscientious, always 100% for the children. She led the music there and was always popular with her guitar accompaniments for services and concerts. 

Likewise, she was a valued member of the choir at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Gendros, Swansea, where she would often accompany hymns with her guitar and gave guitar lessons to the children in the church’s Saturday Music Club. She was also a keen member of Côr Persain, Ammanford. 

She was talented, loved and in demand. A convicted and devout Catholic all her life, through good and bad.

Carole was an avid and very gifted crocheter and was always crocheting or knitting something for someone. She had been spending her time recently, during the Covid crisis, crocheting NHS teddies in scrubs and rainbows, with many given to practising nurses. Carole had recently started learning to make bobbin lace. She was also capable of some very decent sewing, too. 

She was also learning Welsh, doing ‘pilates’ and was considering taking up yoga lessons as well.

She was a busy lady! As one of her work colleagues said of her: “She was wise, strong, beautiful, generous, devout and feisty. And I loved her for all those qualities.”

Above all, she was an immeasurably loved Mam, daughter, sister and a doting Mamgu and so much loved by her fiancé. Having been together for 14 years, they would have been married last July 20th had covid allowed! 

Her premature passing at 61 is tragic and she is already sorely, painfully missed. She leaves behind a huge chasm in so many hearts that cannot be filled.

“Eternal rest grant unto her, o Lord, may perpetual light shine about her, may she rest in peace.”

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Tip off leads to pensioner’s drug stash




A BRIEFCASE full of drugs has been recovered during a raid in Swansea suburb.
Police acting on information provided by a member of the public executed a warrant in Gorseinon and recovered a large quantity of cannabis.
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of the class B drug, with intent to supply.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 6, following an intelligence led operation, a 68 year-old man from Gorseinon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
“He was taken to Swansea central police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation”.

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