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AMs back cat manifesto



Simon Thomas AM: With his rescue cat, Bara Brith

Simon Thomas AM: With his rescue cat, Bara Brith

CAT welfare was placed on the political agenda for May’s Assembly elections, following the launch of Wales’ first ever Manifesto for Cats.

The manifesto was launched on Tuesday (Feb 23) in a reception at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff. With 29% of Welsh households owning a cat, and 18% of potential voters saying that they considered that animal welfare was an important issue, there has been a lot of public interest.

The manifesto aims to ensure that cats are protected from airgun attacks and snares, while making sure that people are better-educated about pet care.

At the launch, hosted by Suzy Davies AM, Advocacy Manager Jacqui Cuff said: “As we approach the 2016 Welsh Assembly election, we are calling on existing and prospective AMs to get behind our Welsh Manifesto for Cats to ensure one of the nation’s best loved pets is fully protected by policies and the law.”

Plaid Cymru regional AM Simon Thomas welcomed the manifesto: “My family has adopted a rescue cat, Bara Brith, so I was particularly pleased to support the Cats Protection manifesto,” he said.

“The charity does so much to improve feline welfare in Wales and across the UK. The fact that over 9,000 people UK wide volunteer and help Cats Protection, whether through cat fostering, rehoming, encouraging neutering or providing cat care advice is really impressive.

“Cats are important to millions of people and are so often a part of the family providing a whole range of benefits including love and companionship. As a cat owner myself I appreciate the hugely beneficial role cats play in the lives of their owners and within families.

“Despite being an essential part of the lives of so many people, cats are frequently subjected to mistreatment and neglect. I hope many more politicians will join with me in 2016 to improve the lives of cats in Wales.”

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns said that it was important to see what needs to be done in Wales to improve the lives of cats.

Ms Burns said: “We just have the dogs now but until recently my family was owned by two lovely moggies, both strays. They kept us, and the dogs in order, and we miss them very much.

“I was delighted to support Cats Protection and genuinely taken aback when I learnt of the numbers of abandoned and stray cats. I was also disgusted to hear of some of the cruelty meted out, cats being used as punch bags or target practice for air rifles.

“I’m very happy to promote the ideas being put forward by Cats Protection to cut down on the numbers of unwanted cats and their commitment to improving the lives of some of the most amusing, elegant, loving and inscrutable members of our families.”

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Police launch public appeal following Carmarthenshire burglary



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:, by emailing, 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

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



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 

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White Ribbon campaign supported by Carmarthenshire County Council



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; Calan DVS (Ammanford) on 01269 597 474 or; Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service on 01267 238 410 or and Goleudy on 0300 123 2996 or or call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or visit for free advice and support 24/7

For more information on the White Ribbon campaign visit

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