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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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Those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster should get jabbed by end of June

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ALL those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster are being urged to take up their offer of the vaccine before the end of next month.

A deadline of 30 June has been introduced to ensure all those eligible for the spring booster will have a long-enough interval between this and the autumn 2022 booster, if they are also eligible.

An announcement by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) about which groups will be eligible for the autumn booster is due to be published shortly.

The JCVI has advised that people over-75, older care home residents and all those aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed are eligible for the spring booster.

Those who are 75 on or before 30 June, can get their booster at any point up to the deadline.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “It is important we continue our very high take up levels of the vaccine to help protect us against the risk of serious illness from Covid-19. I would urge everyone who is offered a spring booster vaccination takes up the invitation.”

If someone eligible for a spring booster has had a Covid infection recently, they will need to wait 28 days from the date they tested positive before they can be vaccinated. They will still be able to get vaccinated after 30 June as part of this campaign if they have to postpone their appointment.

All those eligible for spring boosters will be invited by their health board or GP.

It is not too late for anyone who needs a primary dose (first, second or third) to be vaccinated.

Please check for local arrangements.

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Young people in Wales being failed when moving from child to adult mental health services

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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES are failing young people when they move from child to adult services, says a mental health charity.

Mind Cymru is calling for Welsh Government to make urgent changes to improve the system.

Nia Evans, Children and Young People Manager at Mind Cymru, said: “Young people have told us that their needs, thoughts, and feelings about moving to adult services are often unheard, or ignored.

“Welsh Government must support Local Health Boards to make sure this doesn’t happen, change the way services are run and make sure our young people are being heard and properly cared for.”

Mind Cymru has published a report, in ate the result of interviews with young people about their experiences of moving from Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – (SCAMHS) to AMHS.

They highlighted five key areas where services are failing young people:
– Poor information offered to young people, particularly on their rights
– Inconsistent use and follow through of care and treatment plans
– High thresholds for SCAMHS and AMHS referrals to be accepted
– Feeling abandoned / cut off from SCAMHS
– Age still dominates decision making process for moving from SCAMHS to AMHS

Nia Evans said: “Any one of these issues could make the process of moving from children’s services to adult services difficult for our young people. But often, more than one is happening at any one time.”

“Our young people have a right to care and support from a mental health system that has been put in place to help them recover. Action must be taken immediately to make sure support systems are robust and doing the job they were designed to do.”

Mind Cymru is asking people to email their Member of the Senedd (MS) and amplify the voices of these young people whose experiences are often unheard, and use the #SortTheSwitch hashtag on social media.

The full report is available here, including what a good move from SCAMHS to AMHS would look like for young people, and where the current system could improve.

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Average UK price of diesel hits record of more than £1.80 a litre

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LESS than two months after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 5p a litre cut on the average price of fuel – diesel prices have reached a record high price of 180.29p a litre.
The previous high of 179.90p was recorded on March 23rd 2022 – the day of the Spring Statement from Sunak.

In recent weeks, the UK government has tried to move away from its reliance on importing Russian oil, following President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Worryingly for drivers of petrol cars, the price per litre is fast approaching the record levels of 167.3p per litre set on March 22nd.

This latest price rise adds another challenge to UK households, as the cost of living crisis continues to impact families across the country.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “Sadly, despite the Chancellor’s 5p a litre duty cut the average price of a litre of diesel has hit a new record high at 180.29p.”

“Efforts to move away from importing Russian diesel have led to a tightening of supply and pushed up the price retailers pay for diesel.”

“While the wholesale price has eased in the last few days this is likely to be temporary, especially if the EU agrees to ban imports of Russian oil.”

“Unfortunately, drivers with diesel vehicles need to brace themselves for yet more pain at the pumps. Had Mr Sunak reduced VAT to 15% as we call on him to do instead of cutting duty by 5p, drivers of diesel vehicles would be around 2p a litre better off, or £1 for every full tank.”

“As it is, drivers are still paying 27p VAT on petrol and 29p on diesel, which is just the same as before the Spring Statement.”

“The average price of petrol is also on the rise having gone up nearly 3p a litre since the start of the month to 166.65p which means it’s less than a penny away from the all-time high of 167.30p set on 22 March.”

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