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Llanelli Former Paralympian receives BHF Medal of Thanks

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BHF CYMRU has awarded a Medal of Thanks to a former Paralympian from Llanelli who organised a 10 mile walk and hand-bike fundraising challenge which was completed despite some of the worst weather conditions in recent times.

The event was supported by friends and family of much-loved Nest Davies from Capel Hendre near Ammanford. Nest passed away suddenly from a heart attack last October, and Lisa Pudner was inspired to set up the event which raised over £2,000 to fund British Heart Foundation for research on February 20th, which would have been Nest’s 67th birthday.

The challenge took in a loop of North Dock, Llanelli, to Burry Port, during the height of Storm Franklin, which saw gusts of up to 70 mph on the Welsh coast.

Lisa, 56, has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. She says: “I first met Nest in 1986 when we worked together at the path lab reception in Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen. We were best friends and she supported me when I was fundraising to get to the Sydney Paralympics in 2000.”

At a presentation evening at The Machynys Golf club, Lisa and Nest’s family and friends, came together to commemorate the event, sharing many happy memories and making the donation to BHF Fundraising Manager Jayne Lewis.

Lisa adds: “I am delighted with the amount that was raised from the event in Nest’s memory, because she was a wonderful friend, who supported me so much through the years. We did this for the BHF because they fund research into heart conditions, and we want to stop other families and friends losing loved ones in the future. I would also like to thank all the support I have received from friends, family and the local community, everyone has been so generous.”

Nest Davies with Lisa Pudner and grandson Gwion

Jayne Lewis Fundraising Manager says, “I went along to support Lisa at the start of the event in February and although the weather conditions were extremely bad, the team had decided that whatever the weather conditions, they would carry on with the event that day.  They kept each other motivated throughout the walk. The event raised a wonderful amount for BHF Cymru and it was a pleasure to arrange a presentation evening for Lisa and Nest’s friends and family to commemorate the event in memory of Nest and also to thank everyone for all their help and support.   As Lisa is a Former Paralympian, I was delighted to present her with a BHF medal, for all her help and support, on behalf of BHF Cymru.”

Today in Wales around 340,000 people are living with the daily burden of heart and circulatory diseases and dozens of families will lose loved ones to devastating heart diseases. The BHF urgently needs the public’s support to keep its life saving research going, and to discover the treatments and cures of the future, turning science fiction into reality.

In the last 5 years (2016-2021), BHF Cymru has funded £9.5m worth of research in Wales, supporting the work of 64 researcher staff.

You can still donate to Lisa’s JustGiving fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lisa-pudner

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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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