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Macmillan’s mobile service helps over 3,500

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screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-09-49-24THE MACMILLAN mobile information service has reached 3,534 people in West Wales this year through visits to towns and events in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

This fantastic figure is part of a record 15,810 people in Wales who have received information or support through the mobile unit team.

The buses have visited major events throughout the year, including the Pembrokeshire Show, where they reached over 3,000 people in these three days alone.

The mobile team were joined each day at the show by a different Macmillan professional, including a Head and Neck Cancer Nurse Specialist, an Information and Support Coordinator and a Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist.

Adding their specialist knowledge to the team were a group of Boots No7 Advisors, who could offer advice on the physical effects of cancer treatment.

Signs and symptoms cards were available in both English and Welsh and were handed out throughout the event.

Karen Howarth, Head and Neck Cancer Nurse Specialist at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering on the mobile Macmillan bus at this year’s Pembrokeshire show.

“Talking and listening to people outside of the hospital environment was extremely valuable as a cancer nurse.

“One of the many highlights was to hear about the positive experiences that patients from West Wales have had.”

Towns that have been visited by the bus, or the team on foot, in 2016 included Llanwrda, Carmarthen, Llanelli and Milford Haven.

The team were even invited to join a coffee morning event in Llanpumsaint, where they could engage people who may not have had access to services in bigger towns.

The mobile service is provided through the two Macmillan buses ‘Bertie’ and ‘Betty’ that travel around the country, parking up in town centres, rural locations and at events.

The buses hold a wide range of information materials that are free for anyone to take away with them, in addition to hosting a private area for sensitive conversations.

Information and support specialists, alongside a dedicated bus driver, make up the mobile unit team that join Bertie and Betty on all visits.

Michelle Smith, Macmillan’s Senior Lead Cancer Information Specialist for the mobile service, said: “It has been an amazing year!

“The Mobile Information Team and Macmillan Wales have reached more people than ever before both with the big green bus and on foot.

“The mobile service appeals to so many because it is a free, confidential drop-in service where a visitor can step onto the unit and ask any question they have about cancer, whether it relates to themselves or someone they care about.

“This has enabled us to reach people that might not otherwise be able to access Macmillan.

“Queries cover a whole range of topics, including signs and symptoms, genetics, financial advice, side-effects of treatment, local services available, specific cancer detail, emotional support, end-of-life care and bereavement.”

If you didn’t visit the service when it came to your area, but have questions about cancer, you can call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 or log on to www.macmillan.org.uk.

Macmillan can only fund services such as this thanks to the generosity of the public.

To find out more how you can help, call 0300 1000 200 or visit www. macmillan.org.uk/fundraising.

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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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