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Hairy supporters go through pain barrier

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hairy supportersBRAVE charity supporters in Milford Haven have set themselves a series of hairy challenges by undertaking leg waxing, head shaving and beard growing fundraisers.

The courageous group of five, led from the front by organiser Robert Hoggins, grinned and bearded at it to raise funds for Meningitis Now – the UK’s leading meningitis charity. They hope to raise £200 towards its work fighting the disease on all fronts.

The leg waxing and head shaving took place at Beautylicious Beauty Salon in Milford Marina on Wednesday, November 20. But to compensate for the hair that some will be losing others in the group, based around local parent group Milford Adventure, have been going in for beard growing during the month of November.

Robert, 47, from Milford Haven, is a staunch supporter of the charity and rose over £300 for it by having his head shaved last year.

He said: “My cousin Hannah sadly passed away from meningitis last year. As a parent I feel it is vital to raise awareness and money so that we can protect people in the future.”

Krysia Jarzebek-Darma, Meningitis Now’s community fundraiser for Wales, said: “We’re really grateful to Robert and the rest of the group for all their efforts on our behalf and we wish them well with their challenges.

“We rely entirely on the generosity of individuals to continue our vital work – searching for vaccines, supporting anyone affected by meningitis with free professional services and raising lifesaving awareness of the disease and its symptoms.

“For the many people who have been, and continue to be, affected by meningitis, and for those who will sadly be affected in the future, Meningitis Now is a lifeline. Support like this ensures that this lifeline can continue.”

Each year around 3,400 cases of meningitis are reported in the UK, 10% of these are fatal and 15% of survivors are left with devastating after-effects. Meningitis can strike anyone, at any time and the winter months are the peak season for the disease.

If you would like to support Robert’s efforts please visit Hannah’s tribute fund page at http://meningitisnowforeverfunds.tributefunds.com/fund/Hannah+Gwilliam/showFund/ to contribute.

Robert Hoggins can be contacted directly on 07866 853972.

Robert and the group are not done yet, and they will be having another session next week in the centre near St Katharine’s Church.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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