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24-burpee challenge raises vital funds for Wales Air Ambulance

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Callum Williams: Completed a 24-hour burpee challenge

A LLANELLI man has completed a fundraiser that most people would shy away from – a 24-hour burpee challenge which has raised over a staggering £4,000 for the Wales Air Ambulance.

Callum Williams, 20, pushed his fitness levels to the max to complete 150 burpees every hour for the first 13 hours and then 100 burpees every hour for the remainder of the challenge. He wanted to show his support after seeing the Wales Air Ambulance come to the aid of a close friend.

Callum, who hoped to raise £100 for the Charity, started the challenge at 12am on Friday, January 15, and his final burpees were at 11pmA delighted but exhausted Callum said: “I decided to do 150 burpees every hour for 24-hours to raise money for Wales Air Ambulance because it’s a charity that’s close to my heart, having known several people that have relied on it in the past.

“So many lives are saved by this charity and having seen them in action with a close friend, I was keen to do a challenge that will help raise money.”

Reflecting on why he decided to do this challenge, the window manufacturer said: “I picked this particular fundraiser because I knew going into it that it was going to be a big task. Knowing all the amazing work the Wales Air Ambulance do throughout the year, I wanted to push the boundaries.

“The challenge took me by surprise on how demanding it would be on my body. I managed to do the first 13 hours but then I had to drop the number of burpees down from 150 to 100 for the remaining time due to the impact it was having on my body.”

Callum, who is hoping to join The Royal Navy has already raised £4,085 and was supported throughout the challenge by his family and girlfriend Kirsten Field.

Callum is a member of Evolution gym in Cross Hands, where Kirsten works as a gym instructor. Kirsten completed the final hour of the challenge with Callum.

He said: “I feel very overwhelmed by the amount of money we have been able to raise during this challenge. Having originally thought I’d only raise a couple of hundred, the total is over £4,000.

“The reaction and support from my family and friends has been unbelievable, and from my girlfriend who stayed up and stuck by me from minute 1 until hour 24. I was truly grateful for them on the day for keeping me going, and forever will be!”

Mark Stevens, Wales Air Ambulance South Wales Fundraising Manager, said: “Congratulations to Callum on completing this huge and exhausting challenge. Doing a few hours of burpees is a huge undertaking for the best of us. But doing it for 24-hours is just extraordinary and shows Callum’s commitment and determination. It’s fitting that this challenge was over 24 hours as it reflects the fact that our service now operates 24/7.

“Thank you so much for fundraising for our lifesaving charity and a huge thank you to everyone who supported Callum during the challenge.”

There’s still time to show your appreciation to Callum – you can donate via his Just giving page Callum’s 24-hour burpee challenge
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/callums24hourburpees

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BHF Cymru celebrates Heart Heroes across Wales

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BHF CYMRU is celebrating the inspirational people from Carmarthenshire who’ve been nominated in the British Heart Foundation’s Heart Hero Awards 2022.

The annual awards ceremony returns for a fifth year on Thursday 1st December. The charity will honour incredible young heart heroes who’ve shown remarkable bravery and gone above and beyond to help others while coping with the devastating impact of heart disease, as well as CPR lifesavers, innovative fundraisers, corporate partners, research champions and healthcare heroes working in the NHS.

Winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in London, with Vernon Kay hosting for the fourth time. He’ll be joined by celebrity judges including footballing legend David Ginola and Olympic gymnasts Becky and Ellie Downie.

Healthcare Hero Nominee

Dr Lena Izzat from Llanelli has supported BHF Cymru to raise awareness of the Heart Attack Gender Gap in Wales. As a female cardiologist she has spoken out about the unconscious and systemic bias in the health care system which leaves women who have heart attacks less likely to get diagnosed and receive the best care. Lena has been integral to a campaign which has secured a commitment from the Minister for Health to tackle health inequalities in Wales.

Innovative Fundraiser Nominees

Lisa Pudner from Llanelli is a former Paralympian who raised over £2,000 for the BHF through a sponsored handcycle and walking event in memory of her friend Nest Davies. Nest died suddenly from a heart attack. Lisa was awarded a BHF Cymru medal in recognition of her achievements and said: “We did this for the BHF because they fund research into heart and circulatory conditions, and we want to stop other families and friends losing loved ones in the future.”

Lifesavers nominated as CPR Heroes for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a life-threatening emergency

  • Alun Sturley from Carmarthen who saved his father John.
  • Jean Thomas from Carmarthen, saved her husband Michael.

Head of BHF Cymru, Rhodri Thomas, himself from Carmarthenshire said: “The Heart Hero Awards are the highlight of our year, bringing together inspirational nominees from different walks of life and from every part of the UK. From fantastic children to remarkable pensioners, they all share such spirit and embody the very best of us.

“I’m proud and humbled that so many nominees are from Carmarthenshire, and I’m delighted to thank them for the amazing support they give the BHF and the motivation they bring to myself and the whole BHF Cymru team.

“Whilst we celebrate these brilliant Heart Hero nominees, we also thank each of our brilliant BHF supporters who power our lifesaving science and bring new hope to the 7.6 million people across the UK living with conditions such as stroke, heart disease and vascular dementia.

“I’m in no doubt that their dedication and selflessness will mean more lives will be saved from heart and circulatory disease, so thank you and congratulations to all our inspirational nominees”. 

The Heart Heroes Awards will be live-streamed at 8pm on Thursday 1st December. Register to watch the celebration online at: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heartheroes

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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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