TWO men who rushed into a burning house and put out a fire, saving a pet cat, have been rewarded with a bravery award from the RSPCA.
Richard Price and Daryl Webb were driving home through Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, when they spotted flames at the home of Kathryn Hayler.
Richard dialled 999 while Daryl raced into the house after the owner, who had been visiting a neighbour when the blaze started.
The pair managed to evacuate Mrs Hayler from the smoke -filled front room and stamp out the fire which had spread from the blazing curtains , saving Marmalade the cat who was cowering in the corner.
Richard, 21, said: “We could see flames at the window and pulled over to help. I phoned the fire brigade while Daryl ran into the house after the woman who lives there.
“The curtains were alight. There was a lot of smoke. Afterwards we saw Marmalade was crouching down on the floor.
“I checked the woman over while we waited for the emergency services to arrive. Fortunately, both she and Marmalade were okay – it could have been much worse.”
He added: “We just acted on instinct, we wanted to help, but looking back it was very scary.
Daryl, 32, a charity volunteer, added: “No one knew Marmalade was even there until he meowed. He was hiding in the lounge and then went running into the kitchen. His owner was very happy to see him.”
He added: “It’s very unexpected to get an award from the RSPCA, I just did what anyone would have done.”
Mrs Hayler, said she will never forget their bravery tackling the blaze and saving Marmalade , a 17-year-old rescue cat , from the fire in February.
She added: “I didn’t know Marmalade was in the house at the time – he would have been very scared and hid himself away in the corner.
“If they hadn’t managed to put the fire out, I dread to think what would have happened to him. I’m so grateful to them for saving Marmalade.”
The pair were nominated by the Army Cadet Force Association where Richard is an Adult Under Officer, and were awarded the RSPCA’s bronze gallantry award.
Major Dewi Branch, the Commanding Officer of Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF, said Richard was nominated for the calm and professional manner he has whilst dealing with emergencies.
He added: “He displayed courage and leadership beyond his years and it is firmly believed that his steadfast approach saved lives that day.”
RSPCA Chief Executive , Jeremy Cooper , said: “Daryl and Richard showed incredible bravery tackling a fire which was spreading quickly and filling the house with smoke.
“I know Marmalade’s owner will always be grateful to them for not only saving her home , but also her muchloved cat.
“They are very deserving of their award for their heroic actions and I’m very proud to present it to them.”
For more than 100 years, the RSPCA Honours have been given to recognise those people and organisations who’ve helped us in our goal to end cruelty, protect animals from abuse and further our knowledge of animal welfare.
The RSPCA Honours ceremony was held on Saturday (Jun 18) at The Law Society in London , which was especially appropriate as 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act. Since its introduction , the RSPCA has helped more than 150,000 cats and dogs.
Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being
CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.
The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.
Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.
To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)
The survey closes on 25 January 2023.
Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.”
Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”
Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.
Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade
LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.
A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.
These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.
Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.
At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.
At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.
When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.
This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.
More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.
Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at email@example.com.
While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.
Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar
MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.
Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.
With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.
Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.
The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.
“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.
“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”
Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.
“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.
“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”