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Scarlets back men in pink

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The Men In Pink: Arriving Home

The Men In Pink: Arriving Home

THREE Llanelli friends are running the London Marathon on April 24 to raise money for fostering and adoption charity TACT Cymru, with the backing of The Scarlets.

Gareth Roberts, 38, wanted to raise money for TACT as he had been adopted himself and persuaded his friends Michael Shea, 38 and Allistair Reynolds, 27, to join him in running the Marathon.

Gareth said: “Running the London marathon has been on my bucket list of things to do for years.

My sister and I were very lucky to be adopted into a loving and kind family. My adoptive mum, Moira, always used to tell me and my sister that we were extra special as she got to choose us. Unfortunately she passed away when I was 10-years old, but thankfully my adoptive dad, Gwyndaf, has been fantastically supportive. I am running and raising money for TACT to try and help other children to become as lucky as we are.”

Gareth is also running in memory of his friend Corporal Jamie Kirkpatrick, from Llanelli, who was tragically killed in action on June 27 2010 whilst serving in Afghanistan as part of the Counter IED Task Force.

Gareth said: “Jamie had a massive heart and I know if he was still with us today, he would be running the marathon along-side me.”

Allistair, who is New Sponsorship Executive for the Scarlets, said: “I’ve always thought everyone running the marathon were crazy, but when Gareth twisted my arm, I found myself out buying running clothes. It still hasn’t sunk in yet.” Allistair has got the Scarlets on board supporting them. He said: “Given that it’s a total different exercise in terms of training they’ve not really been able to comment on the long distance running other than to eat a load of food.

“But, they’ve all been supportive, I’m hoping Dylan Evans, Tom Price, Aled Davies, Steve Shingler, Lewis Rawlings, Steff Evans, Jordan Williams etc will allow us to auction their time off as part of our fundraising for TACT. Kirby Myhill thinks we are a bit bonkers for doing the marathon.”

Mike said: ”I have always wanted to run the London marathon and when the opportunity came along to take part I jumped at the chance.

“When I knew it would be for TACT it was even better as Gareth was adopted as a baby so it just worked out perfect. I am really excited and cannot wait ‘til April 24.”

A large group of family and friends waited outside the Colliers Arms for the cyclists arrival complete with pink balloons and banners. The riders finished their mammoth cycle ride at around 5pm. The group said they were tired, saddle sore and relieved to be home.

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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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