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Shoppers help choose Tesco Centenary Grants

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THE results are in after Tesco customers cast their votes this summer to help community projects in Mid and West Wales bag up to £25,000.

The supermarket is marking its Centenary year with two special Bags of Help funding rounds, with a huge £100,000 funding pot in Mid and West Wales.

The first of these special rounds concentrated on groups delivering health and wellbeing benefits. In first place, Cancer Research UK has been awarded £25,000, in second place, Cardiac Risk in the Young has been awarded £15,000 and, in third place, Maggie’s has been awarded £10,000.

Bags of Help, run in partnership with Groundwork, sees funding awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. So far, Bags of Help has awarded more than £5m to groups across Wales since it launched in 2016.

Cancer Research UK will be using its grant to help improve prevention and early diagnosis of cancer by providing free locally-tailored support to GPs and healthcare professionals across Mid & West Wales.

Emma Shiggins from Cancer Research UK, said: “Without our programme, it’s a sad fact that more people in Mid and West Wales would lose their lives to this horrible disease. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care what age you are, where you are from or what you do for a living. It affects everyone.

“With support from shoppers and Tesco’s grant the Cancer Research UK facilitators can help to drive further cancer prevention in the region and make sure that more people with cancer are diagnosed as early as possible, when treatment is more likely to be successful, and they have a better chance of survival.”

Dr Steven Cox, Chief Executive of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), said: “We are delighted by the news that support from local shoppers has placed the charity 2nd in the vote. The £15,000 grant from Tesco will now go towards funding three cardiac screening clinics across Mid & West Wales, allowing our experts to screen 300, local young people for underlying cardiac conditions.

Dr Cox added: “This has been a great opportunity for us to reiterate that the vast majority of CRY’s community screenings are funded by bereaved families, meaning there is no charge to the individual when CRY’s mobile cardiac screening service comes to a local venue.”

Maggie’s Swansea are using the funding through Tesco to provide free practical and emotional support for people with cancer, as well as their family and friends. With backgrounds in the study and treatment of tumours and years of experience within the NHS, Maggie’s Swansea supports people with the full breadth of a cancer diagnosis, from explaining test results to understanding how best to support a family member.

Maggie’s Swansea Centre Head, Sarah Hughes said: “We are so grateful to Tesco for their support and to everyone who took the time to vote. We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations to be able to support people living with cancer.

“Our Cancer Support Specialists are at the heart of this, being on hand to give anyone who walks through our door a warm welcome, a willing ear and a wealth of expertise to allow them to manage their own personal challenges.”

Keith Jackson, Tesco’s Bags of Help Manager, added: “Congratulations to the recipients of our first Centenary Grant voting round. They are all worthy winners and we hope these awards help them continue their important work in our communities.

“In 2019, we are celebrating a century of delivering great value for our customers. And what better way to celebrate this occasion than by using our flagship community grant scheme, Bags of Help to support even more groups and organisations who are helping to make a difference across Britain.”

The first special Bags of Help rounds concentrated on groups with a particular focus on groups tackling cancer, heart disease and diabetes, in line with Tesco’s National Health Partnership.

Another voting round is underway in stores now, with even more projects sharing in the cash. Customers are invited to vote for the project they wish to receive the top prize using blue tokens handed out at checkouts.

The funding will reach more than 30 regions, with an incredible £3,300,000 up for grabs in total.

Find out more about Bags of Help at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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CO-OP serves-up newest Welsh store in Carmarthen

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THE CO-OP is set to serve-up its newest food store in Wales following a £550,000 investment creating 15 jobs in Carmarthen.
The 2,500 sq. ft. new store – located on Job’s Well Road and opening on Friday, 6 December – runs on 100% renewable electricity, and provides a funding boost for local causes through Co-op’s membership scheme.

The store – which opens between 7am – 11pm daily – includes customer car parking, free ATM, a Costa coffee dispenser and bakery alongside its focus on fresh, healthy products, food-to-go, vegan and free-from foods, hot food, chilled beers, award winning wines, meal ideas and, essentials.

Co-op also offers a 10% discount off groceries to TOTUM cardholders (the new name for the NUS extra card) to support students during their studies.

Alun Roberts, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to carry out such significant investment in the area – It really is exciting to be opening Co-op’s newest Welsh store and we are looking forward to serving the community. Connecting communities and bringing people together is at the core of the Co-op and our aim is to operate at the heart of local life, a community hub. The investment is a great way to mark the Co-op’s 175th anniversary year!”

Chris Ellis, Co-op Area Manager, added: “Co-op is committed to making a difference and creating value in its communities – our focus is all about delivering what our members and customers want, need and care about, conveniently. We also want the community to know that they can become a co-owner and Member of their Co-op, and every time a Co-op product or service is bought by our Members, local community groups receive funding.”

The Co-op picked up the “Convenience Retailer of the Year” and “Food-to-go Retailer of the Year” titles at the latest Retail Industry Awards.

There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch.

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Mobile library services put in place for Cross Hands

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OPTIONS are being explored for a temporary home for Cross Hands Library, pending a proposed permanent move to a purpose-built facility within the town.

The library will leave its current home at the Cross Hands Cinema building during December following expiry of a lease agreement.

Services will be provided from Carmarthenshire County Council’s mobile library from Saturday, December 7, until a new temporary premises is found.

It will provide a comprehensive range of reading materials along with iPad access to online services and will operate during existing Cross Hands library hours – 10am-5pm Mondays and Thursdays, and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.

The council said it welcomes suggestions from members of the public and businesses about a temporary solution.

Longer-term, there are proposals for the library to be permanently based at a new Health and Wellbeing Centre planned for the Cross Hands area.

Ian Jones, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Head of Leisure, said: “We would like to thank people for their understanding whilst we work towards the permanent provision of a modern, fully-equipped, and purpose-built library service within the Cross Hands area.

“We will shortly be leaving our current home at Cross Hands Cinema, and thank the trustees for welcoming us over the last few years.

“Our mobile library service will be operating in the area from late December, offering a good range of reading and audio material, as well as digital access for our customers.”

The current provision at Cross Hands Cinema will come to an end on December 7.

For further information, email libraries@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call 01269 598360.

Gwasanaethau llyfrgell teithiol ar waith yn Cross Hands

MAE opsiynau’n cael eu hystyried ar gyfer cartref dros dro i Lyfrgell Cross Hands, hyd nes y gwireddir y bwriad i symud yn barhaol i gyfleuster pwrpasol yn y dref.

Bydd y llyfrgell yn gadael ei chartref bresennol yn adeilad Sinema Cross Hands yn ystod mis Rhagfyr ar ôl i gytundeb prydles ddod i ben.

Bydd gwasanaethau’n cael eu darparu o lyfrgell deithiol Cyngor Sir Caerfyrddin o ddydd Sadwrn, 7 Rhagfyr, hyd nes y bydd safle dros dro newydd yn cael ei ganfod.

Bydd yn darparu amrywiaeth gynhwysfawr o ddeunydd darllen ynghyd â mynediad i iPad i gyrchu gwasanaethau ar-lein. Bydd yn gweithredu yn ystod oriau presennol llyfrgell Cross Hands, sef rhwng 10am a 5pm ar ddydd Llun a dydd Iau, a rhwng 10am ac 1pm ar ddydd Sadwrn.

Dywedodd y cyngor ei fod yn croesawu awgrymiadau gan y cyhoedd a busnesau ynghylch ateb dros dro.

Yn y tymor hir, mae cynigion ar gyfer lleoli’r llyfrgell yn barhaol mewn Canolfan Iechyd a Llesiant newydd sy’n cael ei chynllunio ar gyfer ardal Cross Hands.

Dywedodd Ian Jones, Pennaeth Hamdden Cyngor Sir Caerfyrddin: “Hoffem ddiolch i bobl am eu dealltwriaeth wrth inni weithio tuag at ddarparu gwasanaeth llyfrgell pwrpasol a pharhaol sy’n fodern ac yn cynnwys yr holl gyfarpar angenrheidiol, a hynny yn ardal Cross Hands.

“Cyn bo hir byddwn yn gadael ein cartref presennol yn Sinema Cross Hands, a hoffem ddiolch i’r ymddiriedolwyr am ein croesawu ni dros y blynyddoedd diwethaf.

“Bydd ein gwasanaeth llyfrgell teithiol yn gweithredu yn yr ardal o ddiwedd Rhagfyr, gan gynnig amrywiaeth dda o ddeunydd darllen a sain, yn ogystal â mynediad digidol i’n cwsmeriaid.”

Bydd y ddarpariaeth bresennol yn Sinema Cross Hands yn dod i ben ar 7 Rhagfyr.

I gael rhagor o wybodaeth, anfonwch neges e-bost at llyfrgelloedd@sirgar.gov.uk neu ffoniwch 01269 598360.

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Big donation boosts Toybox Appeal

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The Christmas Toybox Appeal has received a huge boost thanks to a large donation.

Llanelli’s Business Improvement District (BID) handed over £600 to the council’s appeal team and it’s guaranteed to put a smile on a lot more faces this Christmas.

The money will be spent locally on gifts and toys for families who cannot afford to buy for their children.

Last year, over 6,000 gifts were donated to 957 children from babies from 18 months up to teenagers.

The appeal has been running for the last eight years and Carmarthenshire County Council staff are joined by volunteers to sort, wrap and deliver toys in the run-up to Christmas.

The council’s Toybox Appeal co-ordinator, Nia Thomas said: “We are thrilled to receive such a large donation off the BID. The money will go a long way in ensuring we reach as many families as possible who haven’t got the money to buy their children any gifts or toys.”

When you’re out and about doing your Christmas shopping this year, please spare a thought for those less fortunate families, and purchase an extra present to donate to the Christmas appeal.

Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at a number of collection points throughout the county by December 1. People can also donate gift wrap, scissors and sellotape for the volunteers. You can also give a monetary donation which will only be used to buy toys and gifts. You can send your contributions (cheques payable to Carmarthenshire County Council) to Building 2, St David’s Park, Job’s Well Road, Carmarthen SA31 3HB, or telephone 01267 246657 if you have a cash donation.

The BID chair, Lesley Richards said: “The number of stallholders at the food festival was astounding, so it only felt right to donate all that money to two great local initiatives. We thought that the event’s success should go as far as possible, so we agreed with Carmarthenshire Markets that we would donate the funds to two Llanelli-based initiatives that would benefit local people. These are, after all, the people who support our town centre.”

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