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Patagonia trek donation is tops!

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Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield: Taking part in Velindre’s Patagonia trek.

Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield: Taking part
in Velindre’s Patagonia trek.

BIG-HEARTED ladies darts players in Carmarthenshire are to support a teacher’s bid to raise money for Velindre Cancer Centre.

Elaine Jenkins from Kidwelly, is due to head off to Patagonia to literally follow in the footsteps of the first Welsh settlers from 150 years ago.

Mrs Jenkins, whose husband, Howard died of cancer three years ago is aiming to raise £6,000.

At the Ladies’ Darts League presentation evening, a delighted Elaine was handed a cheque for £775.

“All the teams in the Carmarthenshire League had sent a representative. You can imagine my surprise and delight when I heard the cheque was for £775. How amazing!”

Comedian Rhod Gilbert is also taking part in the expedition. Speaking of his support for Velindre Cancer Centre’s work, Rhod said: “In 2013 I bought a pair of walking boots to climb Kilimanjaro for Velindre Cancer Care, and I want to get the full use out of them, so I’m taking on Patagonia this year. I’ll be joining other trekkers in the 150th anniversary celebrations of the first Welsh settlers there, and hopefully raising a shedload of cash for the charity.”

Rhod Gilbert continued: “Spending a lot of time in Wales, I hear so many people speak so highly of Velindre. It seems almost everyone is touched by cancer at some point, and Velindre’s name comes up time and again, the amazing quality of its care and its staff’s incredible capacity to afford cancer sufferers great dignity. I cannot think of a better cause.”

James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore of the Manic Street Preacher will both be part of the 50-strong team that heads off in November this year.

Manics frontman Bradfield said: “I’ve been a proud patron of Velindre for seven years, and as someone who has been fascinated by our Patagonia heritage, this trek has enormous appeal; it’s a great chance to raise funds for a cause that means a lot to me, and also a rare opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors exactly 150 years on. The route takes in some amazing scenery with icefalls, lakes and views of the Andes, but we also face a tough six-day trek, carrying our own kit, camping and walking up to 22 hours a day; but this is nothing compared to the challenges that cancer patients face each day. So I hope people will dig deep and help Sean and I support Velindre.”

Head of Fundraising at Velindre, Andrew Morris, said: “It’s fantastic news that James and Sean are joining our Patagonia trek – everyone knows their work schedule is brutal, and for them to take the time out to support Velindre is absolutely fantastic news, and the publicity this will create will give a huge boost to our Victory over Cancer appeal.”

Popular BBC Wales weatherman Derek Brockway will also be part of the expedition.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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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

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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

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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: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk 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 crimestoppers-uk.org.

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