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Health research team welcomes generous donation in memory of Lynne Drummond

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Hywel Dda University Health Board wishes to thank the Drummond family for their donation of £5,100 to the Research and Development Department at Prince Philip Hospital, raised in memory of the late Mrs Lynne Drummond.

Lynne, previously a nurse for three decades, sadly lost her life to COVID-19 at Prince Philip Hospital, age 73, just five days before she was due to receive her first vaccination.

This contribution in her honour has been donated to the COVID-19 research fund based at the Llanelli hospital, led by Professor Keir Lewis. 

“My grandmother was an extraordinary woman. The most selfless, larger than life and loving individual I have ever met. I am currently studying to become a nurse, and she was my main inspiration. She was and still is the centre and the glue that holds our family together. She is missed and loved so much by so many,” said her granddaughter, Abbie Drummond.

Lynne completed her nursing training at Morriston Hospital and became a registered nurse in 1969. She then moved to the old Llanelli General Hospital where she spent the next 14 years. Following this, Lynne rose from Sister to Senior Nurse Manager of the new Endoscopy and Day Care Unit at Prince Philip Hospital.

After her retirement in 1998 she was appointed as a member of the Community Health Council to the Carmarthenshire Health Authority in 2000 by the then Welsh Health Secretary Jane Hutt. She was then elected as deputy chairman until 2006.

“When my grandmother was in hospital, she was approached by Professor Keir Lewis to donate blood to his research into COVID-19, she was more than willing to contribute. When she unfortunately passed away in January, as a family we knew that we needed to give back to the impeccable care that she received.”

The money donated will contribute to the mapping of clinical data across a number of COVID-19 research projects. One of which is the Biobank project, that Lynne herself donated samples towards. This project aims to examine why some people’s immune systems behave so differently to others to the virus. Furthermore, research into faster tests and drugs will also benefit from the donation.

Professor Keir Lewis, who is respiratory lead at Hywel Dda UHB, and was Lynne’s consultant upon her admission said: “When Lynne came in, she was very supportive of the service. As an ex nurse she understood the importance of clinical research. She remained positive and brave throughout and was always willing to help.

The money that was raised by her family has had a big effect in enabling us to enhance and speed up the clinical projects within the Research and Development Department.”

Lynne leaves behind her husband of 50 years, Jim, as well as three sons Andrew, Robert and Ian and her five grandchildren Hannah, Abbie, Rhiannon, Holly and Rhys.“I would like to give a special thanks to Abbie and Jim Drummond, who both came to visit our unit to see the research centres, despite their loss, and to the whole family on their efforts. Their bravery and friendliness has gone a very long way,” added Prof Lewis.

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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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