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Transplant survivor tackles 10k run



Judith Thomas: 21 races for a £21,000 target

Judith Thomas: 21 races for a
£21,000 target

A LLANELLI woman is taking part in the Morrisons Great Birmingham 10k on Sunday May 3 to celebrate the 21st anniversary of her liver transplant.

Judith Thomas, 39, a regional banking manager was treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham 21 years ago for liver failure. She aims to raise £21,000 for the hospital that saved her life by taking part in 21 races across the country.

Judith was 18 years old when she suddenly became very ill and collapsed. She was diagnosed with Wilson disease, a genetic disorder that causes copper to build up in the body and leads to liver failure.

She was placed on the emergency liver transplant list and given a week to live unless a suitable donor was identified.

Luckily, a match was found and the transplant was carried out at Queen Elizabeth Hospital five days after Judith’s admission.

Despite being told she could be in hospital for up to six months, she was back at school within a month.

Judith said: “The Queen Elizabeth Hospital saved my life and I want to say thank you.

“The work the hospital does is extraordinary, it is a centre of medical excellence in this country and it stands as an example of why we should be proud of the NHS.”

The Morrisons Great Birmingham 10k will the will be Judith’s seventh running event.

As well as two Race for Life events, Judith has run three 10ks, one half-marathon and completed the Great Welsh marathon in 6 hours and 32 minutes.

“Crossing the finish line was the most exhilarating feeling, I was really emotional. But these runs aren’t just about fundraising, I want to raise awareness about the impor tance of organ donation,” Judith explained.

“I want people to remember how important it is to register to be an organ donor.”

To help Judith reach her £21,000 target, visit: https://www.justgiving. com/fundraising/JudeThomas21

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital



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



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



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:, by emailing 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

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