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Emma Black, Lyn Davies, Brian Griffiths (branch treasurer), Emma Peace, Penny Drew (branch president) Sophie Pierce, Sybil Edwards (Branch chairperson) Caroline Willis (Branch secretary) Pauline Lloyd, Phyllis Morgan and Serena Wilson

Emma Black, Lyn Davies, Brian Griffiths (branch treasurer), Emma Peace, Penny Drew (branch president) Sophie Pierce, Sybil Edwards (Branch chairperson) Caroline Willis (Branch secretary) Pauline Lloyd, Phyllis Morgan and Serena Wilson

‘YOU should be proud of yourselves’ Serena Wilson, Cystic Fibrosis Community and Fundraising manager for the West, told Pembrokeshire CF branch members and their supporters at the branch’s annual lunch at Wolfscastle Country Hotel.

She added: “The branch, which was set up 37 years ago by Sybil Edwards and the late Grace Lloyd, is one of the Trust’s longest running and most successful branches. The CF Trust relies heavily on the support of people like you for 90% of our income comes from voluntary contributions so without you, we would not be where we are today.

“The branch has helped us to achieve incredible things and through our ‘Fighting for Life Unlimited’ campaign we will continue to fight until all those living with CF can live a life untroubled by Cystic Fibrosis.”

Taking up the Life Unlimited theme CF patient and branch member Sophie Pierce who has raised thousands of pounds for the work of the Trust said that she did not feel that her life was limited in any way and that it was not good to focus on the negative. Through the work of the Trust we know that around half of those currently living with CF will survive past 40.

It is thought that a baby born today with Cystic Fibrosis, using treatments already available, could have a near normal life expectancy.

‘Look how far Cystic Fibrosis has come in terms of positive developments over the years.’ she said. ‘Think how far we can still go. By being positive we can give hope to those families, patients and carers who are affected. This is what drives me to fundraise.’

Following on last year’s successful sponsored Snowdon climb Sophie is currently arranging a climb to take place on Snowdon on June 5. A bus from Haverfordwest will go to and from Llanberis on the day, leaving Haverfordwest at 4.30am (all part of the adventure, she says). It costs £15 with a required pledge of £50 (or more)

Branch chairperson Sybil Edwards thanked Serena and Emma Black, CF Community Fund Raising Manager for Wales for making the journey to meet the branch members, everyone present for their support, treasurer Brian Griffiths for collecting in the money and most particularly the branch’s dedicated president Mrs Penny Drew for once again organising the lunch which raised a splendid £1100.

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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