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MP thanks foodbank volunteers

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SHOPPERS at Tesco were once again called upon by volunteers from Ammanford Foodbank to help donate food parcels for those in need.

Each year The Trussell Trust, which operates over 400 food banks across the UK, and the FareShare organisation team up with retail giant Tesco to ask customers to donate long-life meals to those dependent on the service.

The 2016 December collection contributed 3.4million meals to the service.

Last year more than 95,000 3-day emergency food supplies were given by Trussell Trust foodbanks in Wales alone.

Local Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards again joined volunteers to support the collection. He thanked volunteers for their efforts and urged those who are in a position to donate to consider helping out.

Jonathan Edwards MP said: “Officially opening the foodbank in Ammanford was one of the most humbling duties I’ve undertaken since being elected. To see so many people having to depend on the support of others due to a heartless London government is the most sobering of circumstances.

“That said, I am filled with a tremendous amount of pride knowing that we have so many generous and caring neighbours who give up their time, energy and money to ensure those who have fallen on difficult times can receive assistance.

“I am full of admiration of the volunteers and I offer my sincere thanks for all of their efforts.

“From my conversations at the collection I know there is a particular need for toiletries.

“My Assembly Member colleague, Adam Price and our staff team have pledged to donate a parcel of toiletries to the foodbank ahead of Christmas.

“I would urge anybody who is in a position to support the foodbank to kindly consider a donation.”

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  1. A Non

    December 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Nice to see Plaid Cymru’s entry for the Perfect Political Photograph of 2017.

    Some numbers:
    35m, distance from Plaid offices to the Foodbank
    535m, distance from Plaid offices to Tesco collection point (who kindly gift further contributions based on the recorded weight of public donations)
    52, number of times volunteers have distributed food to those in crisis or need in their community in the last year (ie every Friday)
    2, number of times the Foodbank has organised collections in Tesco in the last year (though unmanned collections are received each week)
    0, number of visits by a Plaid Cymru MP or AM to Foodbank (with or *without* a camera) in the last year.

    If you want to thank/encourage the many volunteers that give selflessly, then why not make a quiet visit, rather than repeat last year’s PR stunt – or can’t that blamed on the Tories?

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Baby died an hour after birth following ‘failings’ by Health Board

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A BABY died just minutes after being born following failings by Hywel Dda Health Board, a damning report by the Public Services Ombudsman has found.

Callum James was born at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen on May 5, 2016, but died less than an hour later despite attempts to resuscitate him.

His parents, Ellie and Christopher James from Haverfordwest, complained that there had been a failure to monitor Callum’s development during pregnancy and to provide a birthing plan.

Mrs James also complained that the Health Board failed to respond to unusual pains during labour and to conduct necessary tests.

The report states there were also delays in Callum receiving treatment after he was born due to the First Consultant being sent to the wrong ward, delaying emergency treatment by 12 minutes.

The Health Board said that, in its view, there were no unnecessary delays in the attempts to resuscitate Callum, as the midwives in attendance had been trained in neonatal resuscitation.

In addition, the Ombudsman found that Callum’s death was also incorrectly registered as a stillbirth rather than neonatal death.

The report says Callum was ‘pale’ and ‘floppy’ at birth and immediately transferred to a resuscitation table where a team of medics worked for over half an hour to save his life.

The Ombudsman upheld the complaint that there had been a failure to monitor Callum’s development during pregnancy and labour and to provide a birthing plan.

Hywel Dda agreed to implement all of the Ombudsman’s recommendations, including providing Callum’s parents with an apology and £4,500 for the distress caused.

The Board also agreed to change Callum’s cause of death from ‘stillborn’ to ‘neonatal death’.

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3,000 Welsh landlords still unregistered

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JANET FINCH-SAUNDERS AM has called on the Welsh Government to urgently work to improve landlord registration under Rent Smart Wales, as estimates released indicate around 3,000 remain unregistered.

Ms Finch-Saunders said: “Rent Smart Wales estimates that still 3,000 landlords are unregistered here in Wales.

“Whilst that makes up a small percentage of our total landlords, it is most concerning for those living in properties leased to them by those who have not yet registered.

“The Welsh Government has confirmed that a landlord who is not registered with Rent Smart Wales is unable to serve a valid Section 21 eviction notice – so where unregistered landlords do indicate that they want tenants to vacate a property, this is not recognised by local housing associations, which can cause stress to tenants who may not be aware of their full rights under the law.

“By focusing on ensuring that all landlords are properly registered, the Welsh Government can alleviate such concerns, and I will be urging the Cabinet Secretary to act to ensure all landlords are abiding by this legislation in full.”

The Minister for Housing and Regeneration told Ms Finch-Saunders that the latest figures released by Rent Smart Wales show that 90,812 landlords are now registered. Rent Smart Wales’ latest estimate for the number of unregistered landlords is approximately 3,000.

This is based on the dwelling stock estimates recently published by StatsWales, and an estimation of the average number of properties owned by each landlord.

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Care home honour Armed Forces Day

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PLAS Y DDERWEN in Johnstown will be celebrating Armed Forces Day on Thursday, June 28, with a big brew up supporting SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity.

SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families. Armed Forces Day is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

Janet Williams, Activities Coordinator, said: “It is very important that we keep the memories of those who fought alive and that we also think about those involved in conflicts around the world today. We welcome anyone that wishes to attend and will have the chance to meet the team and look around the home.”

Plas Y Dderwen is part of Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, supporting older people living independent lives over the last 25 years.

Barchester services include residential care and nursing care as well as expert dementia care.

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