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LLANELLI Assembly Member Keith Davies

LLANELLI Assembly Member Keith Davies has this week backed Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal following the official launch of the fundraising appeal in Wales.

Keith Davies AM joined a selection of Marie Curie Nurses, fundraisers, volunteers and supporters, along with the charity’s Chief Executive Dr Jane Collins, to officially launch this year’s appeal at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

The Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s flagship fundraising drive, encourages people to donate to the appeal and wear an iconic daffodil during March. Funds raised through the appeal are used to provide expert care and support to around 2,278 people living with a terminal illness, and their families, across Wales every year.

Last year’s Great Daffodil Appeal raised a record-breaking £8.26m through regional fundraising to support its important work in Wales, and everyone connected with the charity is hoping that this year’s appeal is even bigger and better.

Keith Davies AM said: “Marie Curie’s work supporting people affected by terminal illness in Llanelli and across west Wales is absolutely marvellous, and it gives me immense pride to wear my daffodil and support the charity’s 2015 Great Daffodil Appeal. I hope people across Wales will donate and wear a daffodil and help Marie Curie continue to make a real difference to people living with a terminal illness in Wales.”

Simon Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Wales for Marie Curie, said: “We are pleased to have the support of Keith Davies AM as we launch this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal – an appeal that raises vital funds to support our work in homes across Wales, as well as the Cardiff & The Vale Hospice in Penarth.

“Every year the people of Wales never cease to amaze us with their generosity and support for our Great Daffodil Appeal, and I’m sure this year will be no different as people recognise the importance of the work we carry out. On behalf of Marie Curie, I would like to thank all those who continue to donate and enable us to keep supporting people affected by terminal illness across Wales.”

Last year more than 1,000 volunteers in Wales helped support the Great Daffodil Appeal by collecting donations from members of the public. Together, they raised more than £308,000.

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Detectives ask for help following an assault outside a Llanelli bar

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DETECTIVES from Dyfed-Powys Police are looking to speak to several men to help with its enquiries following an assault outside a Llanelli bar.

At around 3am on Monday, 29 August, a man was attacked outside the Met Bar in Station Road. He was left with a fractured eye socket, cuts and bite marks.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220829-062.

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Prince and Princess of Wales to visit Wales

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THE PRINCE and Princess of Wales have planned a trip to Wales to visit a variety of communities across the nation and learn about the work of key charitable organisations. 

The Prince and Princess have a deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, and have thoroughly enjoyed their previous visits and the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people. 

Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to spending more time in Wales over the next few years, they hope to strengthen their relationship with communities in all parts of Wales. 

During their first engagement, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, where they will meet crew, volunteers and some people who have been supported by their local unit.

Holyhead is one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has a remarkable history of bravery, having received 70 awards for gallantry. 

Their Royal Highnesses will then take a short walk to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar, where they will meet local people, including representatives of small businesses and organisations, including the Coastguard and Sea Cadets. 

In their second engagement, the Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to visit Swansea. 

Their Royal Highnesses will visit St Thomas Church, a re-developed church in Swansea which supports people in the local area and across the City and County of Swansea. 

Over the last two years the church has been transformed into a thriving community hub and is home to a vast array of services, including:

  • A foodbank which supports over 200 people per week
  • Swansea Baby Basics which distributes essential items for vulnerable mothers across the city, such as toiletries and clothes
  • Facilities for the homeless including food, showers and toilets
  • A not-for-profit cafe and community training kitchen
  • A surplus food distribution network which collects food from supermarkets at the end of each day and distributes it from the church to prevent food waste and to help end food poverty

As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet those volunteering at the church across different initiatives including Baby Basics and the foodbank. Their Royal Highnesses will also spend some time meeting members of the public gathered outside the church. 

The Princess of Wales has previously worked with Baby Banks and the in summer of 2020 brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide, operated by Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities. 

Her Royal Highness has visited a number of baby banks across the UK, including in London, Sheffield and West Norfolk where she has spent time speaking with families about their experiences of using their local baby bank services, as well as helping unload donations. 

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Road closed after man suffers serious injury in Burry Port

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OFFICERS from Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating after a man suffered a serious injury in Station Road, Burry Port.

Officers were called to a report that the man had suffered an injury at around 10.45pm on Saturday, 24 September. He has been taken to hospital.

A 39-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault. He remains in police custody.

A road closure is in place for scene preservation and is likely to remain for a number of hours.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220924-360.

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