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Over 600 people attend International Family Celebration of Food to mark the Platinum Jubilee

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(Central Left to Right) Cllr Phiip Walow, Llanelli Town Mayor, Patryk Gowin, Polish Vice Consul, Cllr Rob Evans Chair, Carmarthenshire County Council surrounded by members of the Polish and Ukrainian community in Llanelli.

WITH over 600 attendees and foodie representation from over 15 countries including China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, England, Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Syria, Wales, Greece, Romania, Philippines, Colombia, El Salvador, Chile, Spain, Nepal and Portugal, the event was a huge success.

Guests had the opportunity to sample delicious home cooked food from around the globe, as well as old Welsh favourites such as Welsh Cakes and Welsh Rarebit served up by the #Cook24 team at Coleg Sir Gar.

Some of the international food available at the event.

There was also a range of activities for children, including a Jubilee Pompom making station, a food memory graffiti wall and a food vlog corner. There was also music and dancing from around the world and a free Jubilee Cupcake for everyone!

The event was attended by Patryk Gowin, Polish Vice Consul, Cllr Phillip Warlow, Llanelli Town Mayor, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council and Cllr Nick Pearce, Deputy Llanelli Town Mayor as well as representatives from The Alternative Learning Company, Foothold Cymru and the Llanelli Multicultural Network.

A graffiti wall for food memories was a popular addition at the event.

Paolo Piana from the Llanelli Multicultural Network says: ‘‘it was amazing to see so many people and so many countries represented at the event. A true celebration of international food, of family and the family of nations we have in Llanelli and Carmarthenshire. A huge thank-you to everybody who made it a memorable day of celebration.’’

Mike Theodoulou, Chair of the Alternative Learning Company said ‘’the importance of community and generations learning from one another about food is so important. There’s so much we can learn and this event was a wonderful way to celebrate our collective foodie knowledge and pass on our skills and story’s’’

(Left to Right): Cllr Nick Pearce  Deputy Mayor of Llanelli, Cllr Nysia Evans Carmarthenshire County Council Chair’s Consort, Cllr Rob Evans Chair, Carmarthenshire County Council, Cllr Phiip Walow, Llanelli Town  Mayor, Cllr Janet Williams Llanelli Town  Mayoress, Mike Theodoulou, Chair of The Alternative Learning Company, Paolo Piana, Llanelli Multicultural Network.

This event launched the beginning of a yearlong intergenerational cooking project to mark the Platinum Jubilee, which is being run by West Wales youth organisation, The Alternative Learning Company.

Breaking Bread, which is the name of The Alternative Learning Company’s first cooking project to cross generations, will give young people the opportunity to learn about food from the older generations in their community.

Some of the international food available at the event.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund’s Platinum Jubilee Fund, the project is bringing together young and older people in Carmarthenshire to cook and enjoy healthy meals on a budget, minimise food waste and share their skills and advice. 

Learning from other generations about good food is an important part of this project, but it’s also about friendship and community.

For more information on the Breaking Bread project and to take part in future events, email info@altlc.co.uk, or call Anneli on: 07903296141

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RNLI releases vital beach safety advice in the South Wales as temperatures set to rise

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WITH temperatures forecast to hit mid-20s in some parts of the South Wales, the RNLI charity is offering lifesaving advice to anyone heading to the area’s coastline. 

With the Met Office prediction of a warm weekend, the charity’s advice to those visiting the coast is to choose lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. We encourage you to visit our website to find details of their nearest lifeguarded beaches. 

Figures released show that RNLI lifeguards in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend and Denbighshire aided 888 children and 715 teenagers in 2020 

The RNLI, with the support of HM Coastguard, is urging everyone to remember to Float to Live if they get into trouble in the water. To do this: lean back, using your arms and legs to stay afloat. Control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety. In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard. 

RNLI Water Safety Lead Chris Cousens said: “Our main advice is to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling around 245 beaches this summer to offer advice on how to stay safe and they are also there to help anyone who gets into trouble. 

“Children should be supervised at all times and people of all ages should avoid swimming alone. 

“We want people to enjoy the coast but urge everyone to respect the water, think about their own safety and know what to do in an emergency.”

For further information on the water safety campaign visit: RNLI.org/FloatWales2022

Interviews with an RNLI spokesperson are available.

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Jenny will tackle Ironman Swansea in aid of charity close to her heart

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A SKETTY woman will be taking on the Ironman 70.3 Swansea to raise funds for a charity to close to her heart – Wales Air Ambulance.

Jenny Rose, who describes herself as ‘no triathlete’ is raising funds after the Charity’s medics helped saved her mother’s life after she suffered ‘one of the worst brain haemorrhages a person could have’.

In 2016 Jenny’s mum Jackie was out in Oxwich Leisure Park, in the Gower when she became ill and collapsed.

Jenny explained: “She suffered one of the worst brain haemorrhages a person could have.

She collapsed, thankfully my father found her and was able to call 999. The air ambulance team flew her to University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff where she received life saving surgery. 

“For anyone that knows my mother, they will know what an incredible person she is. She has always dedicated her life to making other people’s lives better. Through a career in the NHS, as a sister, senior nurse in A&E, prison nurse and now vice chairman of a local charity – ‘Forget Me Not’.

“If it wasn’t for the air ambulance, my mother would not be here today. I will forever be eternally grateful for them.”

Following her brain haemorrhage, Jackie underwent emergency surgery and remained in the high dependency unit for ten days. Just 14 days later she was discharged from hospital and remarkably returned to work as a nurse four months after she collapsed.

Jenny added: “Mum has a brain scan every year and the neurosurgical team always remark on the fact that the timely nature of arriving at University Hospital of Wales was the main factor for full recovery with no brain damage.  We are all so proud of her and so grateful to the Wales Air Ambulance for saving her life, allowing her to continue being the most incredible woman, wife, mother and grandmother that continues to serve others and put everyone else first.”

Jenny Rose with her parents

Jenny will not be taking on the challenge alone, which consists of a 1.2 mile sea swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1mile run, she will be joined by her father Mike. They have already raised £755 of their £5,000 fundraising target.

Jenny who works as a Support Facilitator at Tata Steel added: “I’m delighted to say that I’ll be taking on this challenge with my machine of a father, who is still an athlete at the golden age of 60. It’s a pretty crazy challenge to sign up to as I’m no triathlete, but I’d like to use this as a chance to raise money for the Wales Air Ambulance. The Wales Air Ambulance is funded purely with donations, it requires an astonishing £8 million a year to keep its four helicopters in the sky, saving precious lives across Wales.” 

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity 24/7 emergency service offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’. The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world.

They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia, and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care. 

Jackie has recovered well from her brain haemorrhage and currently works ‘tirelessly with the dementia day club to move them forward and raise awareness’, which has brought such a positive impact to the local community over the past few years.

Jackie is currently leading a project to develop a beautiful garden area for individuals and families living with dementia to enjoy, which is located at Siloam Baptist Church, Killay.

Ironman Swansea will take place on Sunday 7 August 2022.

Jane Griffiths, Community Fundraising Manager for Wales Air Ambulance said: “Good luck to Jenny and her father Mike on their up-and-coming Ironman Swansea. The event is one that many people would shy away from. Both Jenny and Mike know how important the Wales Air Ambulance is to the people of Wales. It is wonderful to hear that Jackie is now well. Fundraisers, like Jenny’s, will help us raise the £8 million every year to keep our emergency helicopters in the air and our rapid response vehicles on the road. Thank you both for supporting our Charity.”

Jenny’s friends and family are very proud of her and are giving her plenty of encouragement.

She currently has a triathlon coach to help prepare her for the day.

You can show your support to Jenny and Mike by donating to their Just Giving Page Ironman (70.3 mile) Swansea challenge – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jenny-rose89

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Pembrey Country Park most awarded Blue Flags in Wales

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Pembrey Country Park has won more Blue Flags than anywhere else in Wales.

Cefn Sidan has secured the prestigious Blue Flag status once again making it the most awarded Blue Flag site in Wales since 1988.

It has won on consecutive years since 2009, apart from 2020 when the awards were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cefn Sidan was also the first Welsh beach to win the international accolade.

The Blue Flag award is only given to beaches, marinas and harbours that have the highest quality of water, environmental education and management, safety and services. It is an is an indication of a world class visiting experience and attraction site for local people and visitors to Carmarthenshire.

The popular tourist attraction has also won the Green Flag award for the last four years for its inspiring green space, having the highest possible standards, being beautifully maintained and boasting excellent visitor facilities.

Carmarthenshire County Council Cabinet Member Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John said: “I am delighted and proud that we continue to achieve these standards year on year. Pembrey Country Park and Cefn Sidan Beach is one of Wales’ top tourist attractions and has something to offer everyone. This award symbolises quality and provides assurances to visitors and tourists when looking for a place to visit.”

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