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Miss Teen Earth 2016 hopeful: Rachel will be heading to Birmingham to represent Carmarthenshire in the next stage of the pageant

Miss Teen Earth 2016 hopeful: Rachel will be heading to Birmingham to represent Carmarthenshire in the next stage of the pageant

A ST MIKE’S schoolgirl from Llanelli, Carmarthenshire is set to dazzle this summer when she advances to the next stage of one of the top three biggest and most prestigious beauty pageants in the world.

A dream has become a reality for Rachel Webber, who has managed to make it through to the United Kingdom final of Miss Teen Earth, which will take place in May at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham.

Rachel will be representing the whole of Carmarthenshire in the UK finals, and if successful in this next stage, she will be jetting off to Vienna, Austria to represent the whole of the UK.

Miss Teen Earth is celebrating its sixteenth year of beauty and responsibility. After the eventual ecobeauty winner is crowned, she will be joining over 110 different countries vying for the chance to become an ambassador for a host of different environmental protection campaigns worldwide.

She has been helping to promote the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – by attending and supporting personal appearances at environmental campaigns across Carmarthenshire. She has also been busy participating in voluntary activities with an environmental theme, such as beach clean-ups, awareness raising campaigns and street litter pickups.

Rachel said: “It’s my dream to win the national or international title of Miss Teen Earth because it’s unique in terms of beauty pageants as it has a positive message of promoting environmental awareness across the world.

“The country winners are not only natural and intelligent but share a common interest of a love for our planet. Miss Teen Earth gives me the opportunity to raise awareness about my home town of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire and caring for the environment.

“Having the opportunity to compete in such a big and prestigious competition at my age is a fantastic achievement and a blessing.”

Rachel continued, saying that she is looking forward to working closely with her sponsor Neat Teeth Orthodontics in Swansea to help the business promote awareness for a clean and healthy environment within Carmarthenshire and Swansea.

She will also be working to support both local and national charities, including Beauties for a Cause UK and Girls4Trees, both of which were founded by the Miss Earth foundation to help support environmental awareness as well as animal protection and conservation.

Derek McDonagh, Regional Managing Director at Macdonald Burlington Hotel, said: “We are delighted to host the final of Miss Earth UK and to celebrate with these goal-oriented and committed individuals, not only in the local area but from across the country too.

“Macdonald Hotels and Resorts are committed to extensive environmental and sustainability initiatives, which is in line with Miss Earth UK’s commitment to playing a part in preserving and protecting the environment for future generations.

“As a city centre hotel and part of the largest independently owned hotel group in the UK, it is of paramount importance that we support these initiatives and celebrate those who are committed to doing the same. With world-class shopping and fashion on our doorstep, a beauty pageant couldn’t be more fitting.”

The current Miss Earth, Katrina Kendall from London, described her time at Miss Earth: “It was such an amazing experience to take part in one of the world’s biggest beauty events with a difference! I learned so much about the importance of protecting the environment and that even small changes can make a big difference.”

Rachel said that her primary reason for entering the Miss Earth pageant is because being a beauty queen is something which many people admire and aspire to be.

She states that she has already gained much more confidence through being selected to represent the entirety of Carmarthenshire, all whilst being supported by her family, her friends and local businesses.

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Police launch public appeal following Carmarthenshire burglary

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a burglary at a property in Ponthenry.

People broke into a shed at a home in Victoria Road at around 8.30pm on Monday, 31 October, before leaving after spotting a CCTV camera.

They returned at around 10.15pm and again at around 10.55pm.

During their raids they tooka green Wolf motocross helmet with a full face with a peak and line green motocross goggles.

Officers are appealing for help to identify two people they would like to speak to over the incident.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/0756/01/11/2022/02/C. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Morrisons Foundation supports children’s charity with grant for vital equipment

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The Morrisons Foundation supports registered charities that make a positive difference. They recently awarded national children’s disability charity, Cerebra, based in Carmarthen, a grant of £11,109.

This will fund the creation of writing slopes through the Cerebra Innovation Centre, which is partnered with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and designs wonderful toys and equipment to help children living with a brain condition to learn and play.

The writing slopes are designed to help children who struggle with posture and fine motor skills. They also aid children with writing, drawing and hand control. Ross Head, Product Design Manager at the Cerebra Innovation Centre explains;

‘The slopes include a lovely wipe-clean surface for children to experiment with mark making, their own set of pens and a clever lid-free pen store to remove the challenge of removing lids for some children. We are so lucky to be able to do what we do and funding like this is so important to allow us to push boundaries and provide vital equipment that looks beautiful.’

At the start of 2022, the Cerebra Innovation Centre highlighted that they anticipated the need for an additional 20 writing slopes for children. Cerebra Fundraising Manager, James Hay then worked with the grants team at the Morrisons Foundation, who were delighted to support this project. David Scott, Morrisons Foundation Trustee said:

‘Cerebra is dedicated to helping families who have a child with a brain condition to discover a better life together, that’s why I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide this support. The specialised writing slopes will make a huge positive impact on children with sensory and mobility issues, providing a great opportunity to develop their skills, which will last a lifetime.’

Grants like this are a vital source of funding for Cerebra so that they are able to continue to support children living with a brain condition and their families who face challenges every day. The Cerebra Innovation Centre is one of the many support services provided by the charity that so many families have come to rely on. James Hay adds;

‘Thank you so much to the Morrisons Foundation for this generous grant! We are over the moon as we know how much this project will change young lives. These are particularly challenging times for charities and so this funding from Morrisons for the creation of 20 writing slopes is warmly welcomed.’

You can find out more about Cerebra and how they help children and families by visiting www.cerebra.org.uk 

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White Ribbon campaign supported by Carmarthenshire County Council

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CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL says it is again showing its support for the White Ribbon campaign, which takes place on Friday, November 25 and is followed by 16 Days of Action.

White Ribbon is the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.

While domestic abuse affects both sexes, the largest number of violent incidents involve men against women. But ultimately male violence against women is everyone’s issue, not just women’s.

The council was awarded White Ribbon UK accredited status for the first time in 2018 and is continuing to work to tackle such violence.

White Ribbon flags will be flying at County Hall in Carmarthen and town halls in Llanelli and Ammanford on White Ribbon Day (Friday, November 25). County Hall will also be lit up on the evening to show support.

The council is working alongside partners to raise awareness of the campaign across the county – from sports clubs, joint visits with the Police to licensed premises, our leisure centres and libraries to bus stations.

With this year’s White Ribbon Day falling on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup, there has never been a better time to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls.

The council will be raising awareness of the campaign at special events including a Walking Football session at Amman Valley Leisure Centre on November 30 and at “An Evening with Sam Warburton” at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on White Ribbon Day (November 25).

Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, Cllr Philip Hughes, said: “It’s vital that we raise more awareness about domestic abuse so that anyone affected can get help and support from one of our local services.”

Support locally can be found at: Threshold (Llanelli) on 01554 752 422 or www.threshold-das.org.uk; Calan DVS (Ammanford) on 01269 597 474 or www.calandvs.org.uk; Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service on 01267 238 410 or www.carmdas.org and Goleudy on 0300 123 2996 or www.goleudyvictimandwitnessservice.org.uk or call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or visit https://gov.wales/live-fear-free for free advice and support 24/7

For more information on the White Ribbon campaign visit www.whiteribbon.org.uk

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