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Charity fundraiser reaches £1,000 target

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Carys Hope Nicholas: With volunteers, friends, relatives and Cardigan’s Tesco staff.

Carys Hope Nicholas: With volunteers, friends, relatives and Cardigan’s Tesco staff.

CARYS Hope Nicholas from Cardigan made her mind up a long time ago to stare her disability in the face and say ‘nothing is going to stop me’. Last weekend, Carys lived up to this by completing a 100km sponsored cycle ride at Cardigan Tesco. 

She was collecting funds in aid two charities that have been important to her – MENCAP Ceredigion and Shine Cymru.

Carys, who has Spina Bifida, had recently joined Cardigan’s Slimming World. She decided that while getting fit, she could also raise some much-needed funds for these charities and approached Tesco’s in Cardigan to see if they could help.

Although she was exhausted, Carys was all smiles after completing the ride. She said: “My Slimming Club adviser encouraged me to exercise despite the fact I was in a wheelchair. We found this hand cycle which did the trick and has helped me lose so much more weight.

“As soon as I decided to cycle for charity, I contacted Tesco and they were fantastic, agreeing to give me a space in the store for my bike ride. They were marvellous leading up to the event and during the day.

“The customers were so generous, not only with donations but with their kind words of encouragement which made the ride that little bit easier,” she added. “I have so many people to thank, from the volunteers who came to help with the collection buckets to the wonderful staff and customers of Tesco. I am especially thankful to the many friends who called in to the store during the day, my lovely Mum, my relatives and my partner Kirsty Bolton.

“Without their support I doubt I would have even made the first 10km”.

Dave Thomas, Tesco’s Community Champion, was there to organise the event. “Tesco is very proud to have supported Carys with this event,” he told The Herald. “The store and staff are always ready and pleased to support local organisations with fundraising and Carys’ cause was no exception.

“It came as no surprise to us to learn how generous our customers were with their giving. When we announced through our address system that Carys had reached her 100km target, the store just erupted.

“It was an amazing moment and we want to congratulate Carys on her accomplishment. We are proud to have been part of it.”

Jan Kench, the Chair of MENCAP Ceredigion, was there with many of the branch’s volunteers to cheer Carys on. She said: “Carys never fails to be an inspiration, not only to people with a disability but to everyone. She rode that 100km without stopping which shows her determination. No matter what disability she might have, she teaches us all that nothing should stop us from accomplishing our dreams.”

Carys is delighted to report that she has reached her £1000 target and knows that every penny will benefit people just like her. Carys said as she left the store that she is already planning her next fundraising event and is in search of other charities to support.

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade

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LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar

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MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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