A LLANELLI couple, Anthony and Sherilyn Hamilton-Shaw have received a Point of Light award from Prime Minister David Cameron.
The award was given for outstanding volunteering and inspiring others. The couple have helped install 200 defibrillators across Wales through their charity Cariad, which was set up in 2012 when Sherilyn was diagnosed with a heart abnormality.
Cariad began by installing defibrillators in Sherilyn’s home town of Llanelli and has since been responsible for recruiting volunteers, extensive fundraising, raising awareness and providing training in partnership with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Community First Responders. The Prime Minister praised the couple’s tireless work in raising awareness of how defibrillators can save lives.
Sherilyn found personal fame as a contestant on ‘The X Factor’, wowing the judges with her singing and touching the hearts of viewers with her own story.
Talking about the award, Anthony Hamilton-Shaw said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised along with all the people in the community who have worked so hard to make this a success. The award emanates from something started by George W Bush where he recognised outstanding individuals in the community. It was taken on in the UK, with anyone in the community being brought to the attention of the Cabinet Office and then the Prime Minister.”
Explaining the importance of defibrillators, Anthony told The Herald: “Some people don’t realise that the defibrillators can make a massive difference between life and death. 8,000 people in Wales will suffer a cardiac arrest outside hospital environment each year. A defibrillator can be placed onto a person to analyse the rhythm of their heart. It helps in assessing whether the patient requires a controlled electric shock. CPR can be given at the scene. We want to place as many as possible in places of work, schools and community halls.
“Ideally we would like them within 200 yards of each other in built up areas.. If a defibrillator is 3 minutes away it is 6 minutes before the person gets help. What we have started doing is a new partnership with front line fire services including the Fire Service. Don’t be surprised if a fire engine turns up to a cardiac arrest.”
Anthony concluded: “We provide free life saving support to organisations and community first responder teams. Our work is mainly based around communities and schools. Everybody knows somebody with a heart related condition. We are running campaign in February called ‘Defibruary’. We are asking people to take selfies with a defibrillator in background to raise awareness of their locations.”
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.
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”
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: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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.