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Daniel Holloway: With sons Jake and Jaydan

Daniel Holloway: With sons Jake and Jaydan

A ST CLEARS father of two who was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 26 is backing the UK’s biggest ever blood cancer awareness campaign this September. It has been launched by the charity Bloodwise to coincide with Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Daniel Holloway, 29, was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in January 2013. He said: “It all started back in November 2012 – I had my own gardening business that was doing well. One day I began to get a severe pain in the right side of my rib area. After an abdomen scan came back clear, the doctor sent me for an X-ray, which showed up a broken rib and I was sent for a bone scan at Haverfordwest Hospital. “I was still working and struggling through the pain while I was waiting for the results. One night I had a phone call from the GP saying he needed to see me straight away.

I arranged an appointment for the next morning and had a feeling it was going to be bad news. “The scan had shown bone lesions throughout my body – I had cancer, but it was not clear where it had started. I drove home thinking about how I was going to tell my wife this awful news. I knew it would be hard, but I knew I had to put up a fight to beat it – I have two young boys who were then aged two and four. “After weeks of tests and waiting for results, including different scans at West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen and the Heath Hospital, the pain got worse, I struggled to walk and I was on crutches. In mid- January I was finally diagnosed with stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, which is more common in older men – not someone of 26. “I actually felt relieved that they had found out what it was so that I could start treatment.

My first cycle of chemotherapy was on St David’s Day – I didn’t feel nervous, I just wanted to start beating this awful illness. I reacted badly to the chemotherapy. I had heard about side effects, but until you’re in that situation, you can’t imagine what they’re like. I just kept smiling and getting on with it the best I could. “After my fifth cycle I had a scan to check how things were going. A few days later my consultant rang me to tell me that there were no signs of the disease left and I was in remission. I felt so overjoyed and relieved.” Bloodwise has launched its billboard campaign in response to a crisis in awareness of the group of diseases, which includes leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Nearly 3,000 billboards will be going up across the UK. Research undertaken by the charity revealed that for some patients, this lack of awareness adds significantly to the stress, uncertainty and worry that comes with a cancer diagnosis. Low awareness also means many patients, friends and families don’t know about the organisations and support services that exist to help them.

“Two years on and I’m still on crutches and use a mobility scooter to get around,” said Daniel. “I take morphine tablets daily as the holes in my bones haven’t healed. I still go to the chemotherapy day unit once a month to have an infusion to help stop my bones from fracturing. “I’m so happy that I’m here to see my boys grow up and spend time with my amazing family. It hits me a bit that I can’t run around with them but they understand why. If it wasn’t for Bloodwise and their scientists it might have been a completely different story. I never miss an opportunity to volunteer and do collections for this amazing charity when I can. What I always tell people now is if you have a pain anywhere, get it checked straight away like I did.” Diana Jupp, Director of Patient Experience at Bloodwise, said: “38,000 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer each year in the UK, yet very few people are familiar with the term “blood cancer”.

Patients have told us that a lack of awareness has a significant impact throughout their patient journey – from confusion and uncertainty at diagnosis to being unaware of the organisations that provide the support and care they need.This lack of awareness cannot be tackled overnight, and this campaign is the first step to addressing the problem.” Bloodwise is the new name of the UK blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, which was founded in 1960. The new name was chosen to reflect the charity’s work for patients with all blood cancers, and unites everything being done to beat them, from world leading research and thought leadership to patient support services.

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened



ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities



WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands



OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at:, by emailing or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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