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Charity work recognised at Number Ten



(L-R): Stephen Crabb, Lara Stevens, Chris Davies, Sherilyn Hamilton-Shaw, Prime Minister, Anthony Hamilton-Shaw, Jeff Smith, Dilwyn Price, Jeff Towns

(L-R): Stephen Crabb, Lara Stevens, Chris Davies, Sherilyn Hamilton-Shaw, Prime Minister, Anthony Hamilton-Shaw, Jeff Smith, Dilwyn Price, Jeff Towns

SOUTH WEST WALES was well-represented at a St David’s Day reception in Downing Street this week.

A celebration of Welsh culture, food, wine and of course people took place at No10 for a special reception to mark St David’s Day and to celebrate the huge contribution Wales makes to the UK and the world.

Representatives from business, the arts, the UK Armed Forces and sports world all attended the event, which had a particular focus on community heroes and inspirational charity fundraisers.

Guests included Llanelli couple Sherilyn and Anthony Hamilton- Shaw, who were given a Welsh Point of Light Award for their work in founding Cariad, a charity which has led communities to install over 200 defibrillators across Wales.

They work in partnership with the Mid and West Fire & Rescue Service and Welsh Ambulance Service, and lead a team of 15 other volunteers to speak to communities and schools about the importance of defibrillators.

Other inspirational Welsh Point of Light winners at the No10 event included: Lara Stevens from Dinas Powys who the PM presented with a Point of Light Award – which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

Lara, who had cancer as a child, was inspired by a talk from the Teenage Cancer Trust and has raised over £85,000 for the charity, as well as setting up a local youth committee to inspire others to raise money. In its first year Lara led the group to raise £40,000.

Other prominent Welsh guests included the actor Griff Rhys-Jones and the actress and singer Connie Fisher.

The reception showcased the great Welsh culture and industry, with a menu comprising of local dishes and products including a selection of cheeses from a cooperative of 20 organic farms in Pembrokeshire. Local food producers represented at the reception included Tan y Castell, Calon Wen and Nomnom,

Speaking at the event, the Prime Minister said: “There has never been a better time to celebrate St. David’s Day. There are so many great things about Wales we can be proud of this year. Wales is gaining an international reputation for innovation, manufacturing and research.

The Rough Guides have put Wales in their top 10 countries to visit in the world. And, in the past couple of years, Wales has produced world champions and gold medallists in cycling, swimming, gymnastics, boxing and taekwondo as well as hosting major events, like the Ryder Cup, Rugby World Cup and Ashes Test cricket.

“What better way to celebrate this day than with some amazing Welsh heroes such as the winners of the Points of Light Awards who have joined us along with people who have done extraordinary things in their communities and professions.

“So today we celebrate St David, we celebrate all that’s great about Wales, their historic past, influential present and the continued success of Wales’s future”.

Speaking before the event, Sherilyn and Anthony said: “We are extremely honoured to be invited to No.10 to celebrate St David’s Day with David Cameron and such inspirational and wonderful people.

Never did we dream that something so life-changing for ourselves would go on and grow to touch so many, many others by putting defibrillators into public places, training the public how to use them and ensuring they are continually maintained.

We are very humbled to have been recognised in this way, we are extremely passionate about our cause and will continue to bring awareness surrounding cardiac arrest. Also, seeing as it’s our Patron Saint’s day, maybe I can teach Mr Cameron a bit of our national anthem!”

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Tesco makes it even easier for shoppers in South Wales to help local food banks



TESCO is making it easier than ever for shoppers to give a helping hand to food banks and charities feeding people in their local community, with ready-prepared donation bags at local stores in South Wales this summer.

The Tesco Food Collection is taking place in every large Tesco store across the UK from Thursday, June 30 until Saturday, July 2, and shoppers are being urged to donate long-life food to support local food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network and thousands of frontline charities supplied by FareShare. Tesco will top up all food donations made during the collection with an extra 20% cash donation to support the two charities.

The pre-filled donation bags, available during the collection, will contain items that are most-needed by the local Trussell Trust foodbank or frontline charities supplied by FareShare.

Shoppers will be able to scan the contents at the till as part of their usual shop before dropping the bag into the food collection donation trolley.

It is one of a number of new ways that customers can give their support during this summer’s food collection. Shoppers can also for the first time round up their bill at the checkout to make a small donation to both the charities.

From this week it is also easier for customers who shop in Express stores to support the charities, with new permanent donation points being placed in every Tesco Express store in the UK for the first time, meaning shoppers will now be able to donate at Express stores year-round.

Shoppers can also donate their Tesco Clubcard points online to either of the charities.

Tesco Head of Community Claire de Silva said, “This collection marks ten years of us working with the Trussell Trust and FareShare. During that decade our customers have been amazingly generous, donating more than 100 million meals during our food collections and at permanent collection points in stores. This summer we wanted to make it even easier for customers to donate as we know that every can donated really does help.”

Donations are more important than ever as the charities have reported increasing need for food.

Sarah Germain, CEO at FareShare Cymru, said: “Our charities are telling us that the need for food has vastly increased as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, and over the last year we’ve continued to deliver four meals every second to people facing food insecurity across the UK.

“That’s why we would be immensely grateful to anyone who is able to donate a bag of pasta or tin of vegetables over the Tesco Food Collection weekend – your generous donations will help us continue providing vital support to families struggling to cope this summer.”

Emma Shepherd, Project Manager at the Trussell Trust Cardiff Foodbank, and Becky Morgan, Manager at the Trussell Trust Vale Foodbank, added: “Every year, we are amazed by the generosity of Tesco customers who donate to the Food Collection. We know that many families on the very lowest incomes have been forced to the doors of food banks to get by, as the nation faces a rapid rise in the cost of living and continues to recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic. So, once again, we are calling on shoppers to give generously and make a difference to people who need our support over the coming weeks and months.”

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Hywel Dda Health Charities’ annual Pet Competition is back



HYWEL DDA HEALTH CHARITIES, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, has launched its 2022 Pet Competition.

The competition gives members of the public the opportunity to win prizes while also helping the charity to raise funds which make a positive difference to the lives of NHS patients, service users and staff in the Hywel Dda area.

Owners of fabulous felines, perfect pooches, gorgeous guinea pigs or beautiful budgies are invited to enter the annual competition.

Pet-owners can enter as many times as they like in the categories of Cutest Dog, Cutest Cat and Cutest Other Pet. Each photo entry costs £3.

It’s easy to take part, all participants need to do is send a photo of their pet to and follow the instructions in this link:

The competition is open to everyone in the Health Board area. Entries close on 30th June 2022. The final three in each category will be chosen by the Hywel Dda Health Charities team. The winners are then chosen by an online voting poll and will be announced in July.

There are 1st place prizes in each category donated by Wynnstay, Burns Pet Food and Vincent Davies Department Stores.

Diane Henry, fundraising support officer, said: “Each time people enter our Pet Competition with pictures of their fabulous pets, they are helping us to provide services and activities above and beyond what the NHS can provide.. Thank you for your continued support.”

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New grants scheme launched to break barriers to accessing nature



A £2MILLION funding pot designed to bolster community resilience by harnessing the power of nature is set to be launched by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) this summer.  

The launch of the Resilient Communities Grant Programme stems from calls for a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – a recovery which places a stronger focus on action for nature and a recovery that spreads to every part of society.

 The Welsh Government’s declaration of a Climate and Nature Emergency has also galvanised communities, businesses and public bodies in Wales to work together to mitigate against and adapt to the impacts of climate change, now and in the future.

The Resilient Communities Grant will provide communities with the opportunities to restore and enhance nature in their local areas, particularly in Wales’ most disadvantaged communities, and those with little access to nature. Supporting the provision of more green space will also support the changes needed to make to society to respond to the challenges of the climate emergency and reverse the decline in biodiversity.

 With applications set to open in July, NRW is urging projects from across Wales to develop and submit proposals that have at their heart:

  • Opportunities to promote diversity and inclusion, particularly amongst communities that have less access to quality green spaces.
  • Creative ways to reconnect people with nature and their local environment to improve physical and mental health, confidence, self-esteem and encourage ‘green behaviours’.
  • Promoting health and wellbeing through therapy and nature, particularly interventions that tackle health inequalities.
  • Nature-based solutions that help communities feel safer and secure, for example improving greenspaces blighted by criminal activity.
  • Creating more opportunities to access nature, especially where this need is reflected in future development planning.
  • Opportunities to improving community awareness and understanding of climate risks, empowering communities to be involved in decision-making and taking action to tackle climate change impacts.
  • Ensuring communities feel a sense of connection and empowerment with their natural environment and have an active role over how it is managed and improved.
  • Creating opportunities for education and involvement in citizen science so communities have a better connection and greater understanding of their local environment and the benefits that a healthy environment can bring.

Gareth O’Shea, Director of Operations for NRW, said: “We have seen people connecting with nature during the Covid-19 pandemic and a greater appreciation of the way in which it underpins our health, our economy and our wider wellbeing.

“There has also been increasing recognition that the climate and nature emergencies are upon us, and its impacts are being felt amongst the parts of society that have contributed least to its acceleration. More needs to be done to mitigate and adapt now.

“Our Resilient Communities Grant Programme seeks to support that effort – providing communities with the opportunities to meet these challenges in a number of ways.

“From promoting the benefits of greater access to nature, tackling loneliness and exclusion and empowering people to influence the decisions made in their local areas, we’re encouraging people to submit proposals that can make a significant difference to the health, wellbeing and resilience of current and future generations.”

The Resilient Communities Grant Programme can provide 100% funding and applications are welcomed for amounts from £10,000 to £250,000. Applications can be made across different places and address multiple themes. Applicants who collaborate with other partners to submit joint applications are also warmly welcomed.

For further information on NRW’s Resilient Communities Grant Programme and the upcoming webinar, please visit: Natural Resources Wales / Current grant funding opportunities or contact

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