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Life-saving equipment in the heart of the community

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THE VILLAGE of Llanlllwni is the latest community to receive a lifesaving defibrillator thanks to match funding raised by the  Talardd Ramblers with help and support from the local community and a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Nation of Lifesavers package.

The defibrillator is  placed outside the Talardd Inn public house  allowing continuous access in the event of an emergency.

The BHF Nation of Lifesavers package allows people be to taught vital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills and provides public access defibrillators (PADs) where they are needed most.

Steve Glasson from the Talardd Ramblers said: “We raised funds for a defibrillator with the help and support of the local community and also funding received from the BHF. We  completed a 26.2 mile walking event in June and we raised £3,500.  There is now a defibrillator located in outside the Talardd Inn so that it is accessible at all times  in the event of an emergency.

“I would like to thank all the members of the  Talardd Ramblers, the  local community and local businesses in the area for all their help and support in raising vital funds for this piece of life saving equipment.

“The community have also been trained  by the Welsh Ambulance Service on Emergency Life Skills which involved CPR and defibrillator training and there are plans for more training sessions in the future.”

Jayne Lewis, BHF Cymru’s Local Fundraising Manager said: “Today, if you suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK, you have less than a one in ten chance of surviving. We are leading the fight to change this and create a Nation of Lifesavers. We are working to support the placement of lifesaving defibrillators in areas of need within the local community.

“With more people in Wales trained in emergency life-support skills and more defibrillators available locally, the chances of resuscitating someone from a cardiac arrest should be greatly improved. Having more defibrillators available locally for these emergencies is crucial to saving more lives.”

Heart and circulatory disease is Wales’ single biggest killer.  Across Wales thousands of people are already helping us to fight for every heart beat as fundraisers and volunteers. To get involved and support our work please get in touch www.bhf.org.uk/wales

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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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