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The Men In Pink: Arriving Home

The Men In Pink: Arriving Home

THREE Llanelli friends are running the London Marathon on April 24 to raise money for fostering and adoption charity TACT Cymru, with the backing of The Scarlets.

Gareth Roberts, 38, wanted to raise money for TACT as he had been adopted himself and persuaded his friends Michael Shea, 38 and Allistair Reynolds, 27, to join him in running the Marathon.

Gareth said: “Running the London marathon has been on my bucket list of things to do for years.

My sister and I were very lucky to be adopted into a loving and kind family. My adoptive mum, Moira, always used to tell me and my sister that we were extra special as she got to choose us. Unfortunately she passed away when I was 10-years old, but thankfully my adoptive dad, Gwyndaf, has been fantastically supportive. I am running and raising money for TACT to try and help other children to become as lucky as we are.”

Gareth is also running in memory of his friend Corporal Jamie Kirkpatrick, from Llanelli, who was tragically killed in action on June 27 2010 whilst serving in Afghanistan as part of the Counter IED Task Force.

Gareth said: “Jamie had a massive heart and I know if he was still with us today, he would be running the marathon along-side me.”

Allistair, who is New Sponsorship Executive for the Scarlets, said: “I’ve always thought everyone running the marathon were crazy, but when Gareth twisted my arm, I found myself out buying running clothes. It still hasn’t sunk in yet.” Allistair has got the Scarlets on board supporting them. He said: “Given that it’s a total different exercise in terms of training they’ve not really been able to comment on the long distance running other than to eat a load of food.

“But, they’ve all been supportive, I’m hoping Dylan Evans, Tom Price, Aled Davies, Steve Shingler, Lewis Rawlings, Steff Evans, Jordan Williams etc will allow us to auction their time off as part of our fundraising for TACT. Kirby Myhill thinks we are a bit bonkers for doing the marathon.”

Mike said: ”I have always wanted to run the London marathon and when the opportunity came along to take part I jumped at the chance.

“When I knew it would be for TACT it was even better as Gareth was adopted as a baby so it just worked out perfect. I am really excited and cannot wait ‘til April 24.”

A large group of family and friends waited outside the Colliers Arms for the cyclists arrival complete with pink balloons and banners. The riders finished their mammoth cycle ride at around 5pm. The group said they were tired, saddle sore and relieved to be home.

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Llanelli: Stop notice issued for school planning application

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A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a new 480-spaced school in Llanelli has been issued a stop notice by the Welsh Government.
Carmarthenshire County Council is proposing to build a new £9.1m school on Llanerch Fields in Llanelli and were looking to determine the planning application in the coming weeks. Welsh Government will now decide whether to call in the application or not.
The new school would accommodate 420 primary and 60 nursery pupils, set over two floors with larger classrooms with integrated IT facilities, a multi-purpose hall and specialist provision for pupils with additional learning needs.
Over recent years there has been much debate in the area on the choice of site for the new school with campaigners arguing that they support a new school, but object against Llanerch fields being built upon. Last year an attempt to get the land designated as a village green was turned down.
In 2017, Ysgol Dewi Sant as the first Welsh medium primary school to be provided by a local authority celebrated its 70th birthday.
Councillor Rob James, local member for Lliedi, stated “From day one I have raised concerns that the Council’s site choice and planning process opened the Council up to the possibility of the Welsh Government calling in the planning application. It is clear that these concerns were not misplaced and there is now a really chance that it will be. 

“As a local Councillor, a school governor and a parent, I am passionate about the need for a new school for the pupils of Ysgol Dewi Sant and it is important that local pupils get the benefits of a 21st century school.
“I will now be working with Council Officers to ensure that contingency plans are prepared in case the Welsh Government state that the planning application does not comply with national planning policy.
“I will also work with parents, pupils, residents and interested parties are able to engage with the Welsh Government during this process.”

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Third annual Burry Port Raft Race is eagerly awaited

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, organised by Burry Port couple, Craig and Isabel Goodman, will be held on Saturday (July 27).

The event which is held in Burry Port Harbour, raises much needed funds for both Burry Port RNLI and a children’s football academy and primary school the couple support in The Gambia.

The day launches at 12pm with stands, food stalls and children’s inflatable games and rides and these will be available until 5pm. You’ll also have a chance to meet the crews, who’ll be busy putting the final touches to their rafts.

Rafts launch at 3pm, followed by a presentation ceremony, including prizes for first raft over the line, first raft to sink and best dressed raft.

Craig said: ” A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors, including overall sponsor Dawsons, along with continued sponsorship from Celtic Couriers, Parker Plant Hire, Burns Pet Nutrition, Burry Port Co-Op, Llanelli Star, LBS Builders Merchants, Burry Port Marina, First Choice Flooring and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council.

For any further information about the event, please contact 07825 842981.

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Compensation offered after FSCS declares Llanelli firm in default

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CONSUMERS could get back money they have lost as a result of their dealings with a failed regulated firm in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The firm is Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited formerly Assura Protect, Room 1, 7 Meadows Bridge, Parc Menter, Cross Hands, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA14 6RA.

The firm was declared in default in June 2019 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

FSCS is the UK’s statutory compensation scheme that protects customers of authorised financial services firms that carry out certain regulated activities. A declaration of default means FSCS is satisfied a firm is unable to pay claims for compensation made against it. This paves the way for customers of that firm to make a claim for compensation with FSCS.

Alex Kuczynski, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FSCS, said: “FSCS steps in to protect consumers around the UK when authorised financial services firms go bust. This vital service, which is free to consumers, protects deposits, insurance, investments, home finance and debt management. We want anyone who believes they may be owed money as a result of their dealings with this firm to get in touch, as we may be able to help you.”

Since it began in 2001, FSCS has helped more than 4.5m people, paying out more than £26bn in compensation.

If you wish to make a claim with FSCS against Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited, you may be able to do so using FSCS’s online claims service at https://claims.fscs.org.uk Or you can contact its Customer Services Team on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100

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