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St Elli cycle boosts funds to help stepson

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Garey Davies with his sons and stepsons: Raising money in St Elli Shopping Centre

LLANELLI bank customer service advisor Garey Davies put himself through the paces on a static cycle in St Elli Shopping Centre in preparation for the London Marathon in April.

He raised £598 from generous shoppers to boost fundraising to help his 11-year-old stepson, Morgan, who has a rare genetic condition and is confined to a wheelchair.

Garey is running the London Marathon to support and raise money for Whizz Kidz, which has helped improve Morgan’s quality of life.

His condition is called Ataxia A0A1 and affects balance, energy levels and results in muscle deterioration, poor co-ordination and slurring of speech.

Garey, who works at Barclays Bank, is so devoted to Morgan that he wants to do all he can to raise awareness of Ataxia A0A1 and the Whizz Kids charity, which has helped with Morgan’s wheelchair skills which make his life more comfortable.

Garey and his own two sons, Rhys, aged 15, and 11-year-old Owen, together with his wife, Sarah Lemon-Davies, and her two other children, Mathew, aged 13, and Joseph, aged eight, are promoting his Everyday Hero page, which is raising funds for the cause.

The family home continues to be adapted to accommodate Morgan’s special requirements, but his needs are on-going and Garey has been running two or three times a week in readiness for his marathon challenge on April 23.

Experts say that some forms of ataxia are treatable, but in most cases there is still no cure.

For those who wish to help further, Garey has set up a JustGiving page which can be found at whizz-kidz-london-marathon17.everydayhero.com/uk/garey1.

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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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