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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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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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