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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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‘Knife attacker’ remanded into custody

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A CARMARTHEN man accused of ‘repeatedly’ stabbing another man in Bridge Street on Friday (Dec 8) was remanded into custody until January.

Gareth George Edwards, 44, of Priory Street, indicated two guilty pleas to charges of maliciously wounding Michael Byard with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a bladed article in a public place, namely a kitchen knife.

Representing Edwards, David Williams made no submissions at this stage.

No application for bail was made, and Edwards was remanded into custody until he appears at Swansea Crown Court on January 8.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Following an incident in Bridge St, Carmarthen on Friday afternoon, Dec 8, at around 4.30pm, three people have been charged.

“A 44 year old man has been charged with Section 18 Assault and Possession of an Offensive Weapon and is due appear at Llanelli Magistrates court today, Dec 11.

“A 50 year old man has been charged with Common Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.

“A 43 year old woman has been charged with Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.”

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Snow causes school closures across county

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SEVERAL snows across Carmarthenshire are closed today (Dec 11) as heavy snowfall overnight has caused hazardous conditions.

The current list of schools closed in Carmarthenshire this morning consists of:

  • Beca
  • Brynasaron (Llangeler)
  • Cae’r Felin
  • Carreg Hirfaen
  • Llanllwni
  • Llanybydder
  • Rhys Prichard Llandovery
  • Talley / Talyllychau

All of the closures cite snow as the reason.

The council’s website states for Talley / Talyllychau: “The majority of staff are unable to make it in, plus the taxi service have informed us that they are unable to collect the children from the most rural areas.”

Over the weekend a weather warning was issues for the majority of the UK as snow fell and temperatures dropped.

You can check the status of your child’s school on the Carmarthenshire County Council website: http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/residents/education-schools/emergency-school-closures#.Wi5Sokpl_IU

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Christmas parcel delivered to Glangwilli Hospital

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BLISS, the UK’s leading premature and sick baby charity, has donated Christmas parcels to every neonatal unit in Wales – including Glangwilli Hospital – to make sure that babies and their parents know that they are not alone this Christmas.

The Christmas gifts will arrive at the neonatal units this week and will be distributed by unit staff and volunteers.

The parcels, which also contain gifts for parents, comprise of: a Bliss teddy bear, dungarees, photo frame, children’s book, snacks and toiletries. The parcel includes additional information about the support parents can receive from Bliss. The majority of these gifts have been donated by Bliss’ corporate partners including Pampers, Mothercare, Barnack Confectionary and Mush.

Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive at Bliss said: “Having a baby on the neonatal unit can be an isolating experience for parents – especially at Christmas. We hope through this small gesture, we can let parents know that they aren’t alone.

“Bliss would like to thank all of our corporate partners who helped to make this project possible. We hope that if the scheme is successful we will be able to roll the Christmas parcels out nationwide in future to reach all parents with a baby in neonatal care at Christmas.”

Head of Nursing for Children’s Services for NHS Wales Eirlys Thomas said: “On behalf of all the parents and babies we would like to thank Bliss for their kind donations. They will certainly cheer up all the parents who will need to spend Christmas in hospital with their babies.”

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