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Wales’ generosity revealed in new statistics

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screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-10-12-07NEW statistics released by British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru reveal just how generous the country is, with almost seven in 10 people saying giving to charity is important to them. 

The nation’s heart charity surveyed 2,000 people to uncover our favourite fundraising habits to encourage everyone to hold a fundraising event to help raise money for life saving research.

BHF Cymru found that three quarters of people said they would arrange a fundraising event for a good cause (75%), with over two thirds saying helping others by giving to charity is important to them (68%).

The fundraiser of choice in Wales was getting everyone together for a coffee morning (19%) whilst others favoured holding a quiz (18%) or being ‘Bake Off’ inspired with a cake sale (15%).

When it came to who to invite to a fundraiser, two fifths of people in Wales said that family members came top of their guest list (40%) whilst almost three in ten preferred to raise money in the workplace (28%).

Each year, over 9,145 people in Wales lose their lives to heart and circulatory disease. Thanks to the incredible generosity of fundraisers, BHF Cymru is able to fund groundbreaking research to help prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease.

BHF Cymru is encouraging everyone across the country to raise funds their own way by organising their own fundraising event to help accelerate the fight against heart disease.

Jacqulyn Bell, Raise Funds Your Way Manager at the BHF, said: “We never cease to be amazed by the ways people come together to raise money for our fight against heart disease.

“Whether you choose to hold a coffee morning, hold a fashion show or sit in a bath of baked beans, you will help fund research that makes a huge difference to the seven million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK.

“Why not help us power even more life saving discoveries by holding your own fundraising event for the BHF. Order your free fundraising pack now for tips and ideas on how to make your fundraising a success.”

Whether you know exactly how you’d like to fundraise to raise money and want to know how to get started, or need some inspiration on what you can do to join the fight for every heartbeat, order a free fundraising pack by visiting www.bhf.org.uk/yourway.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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