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Smokers to quit on No Smoking Day

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no smokingBRITISH HEART FOUNDATION (BHF) Cymru is this week urging smokers living in the county to get the support of local stop smoking services to help them quit on this year’s No Smoking Day on Wednesday 12 March.

The latest figures show that 19% of people living in Pembrokeshire smoke, which is over 23,000 people. Half of all long-term smokers die because of their addiction to tobacco, making this one of the most pressing health concerns in the area, according to the nation’s heart charity.

Research from stop smoking services shows that smokers are four times more likely to be effective in quitting if they use specialist stop smoking support and treatment.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Director of Prevention and Care at BHF Cymru said: “Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health. Stubbing the cigarettes out will significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers and you’ll have more money to spend on things that you enjoy.

“We know that quitting isn’t easy but last year nearly a million smokers across the UK used No Smoking Day to try and mark the start of their smoke free future. We’re encouraging people to get support from their local stop smoking service now and join forces with other would-be quitters across the country on March 12, to win the battle with cigarettes once and for all.”

Although more than two-thirds of smokers want to give up, BHF research shows that one in five people in Wales are putting it off because they are concerned about putting on weight. The poll also revealed that nearly one in four (23%) Welsh smokers have lit up after a meal to stop them eating more.

Victoria Taylor, Senior Heart Health Dietitian at the British Heart Foundation said: “Some smokers feel they need to smoke to keep trim but, contrary to the urban myth, you don’t have to consign yourself to an early grave in order to stay in control of your waistline.

“We’re encouraging people to start their own battle plan now by following our tips and filling their fridge and handbag with healthy snacks to help them ditch the cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day and come out looking better than ever.”

Around 6,000 people in the Wales die prematurely from smoking related causes each year, including an estimated 1,500 from heart and circulatory diseases and 3,000 from cancer.

Despite this nearly a quarter (23%) of Wales’ population still continue to smoke.

The BHF’s annual No Smoking Day campaign encouraged a million people to attempt to quit smoking last year. This year’s ‘V for Victory’ theme is set to inspire even more people to win the fight against cigarettes and quit for good on March 12.

BHF Dietitian Victoria Taylor shares her tips to help you to minimise weight gain during the quitting process and keep the weight off once you’ve given up for good:

Brush your teeth or try chewing some sugar free gum when you get a craving for a cigarette. The clean feeling in your mouth and minty taste can help to deter you from smoking and it can also help to curb cravings or urges to eat too.

Keeping your hands busy can be important when you are trying to give up. Avoid the temptation to keep nibbling and try playing a word or number game on your phone, doing some cleaning around the house or fiddly tasks that we often put off, like sewing.

Set aside 30 minutes five times a week for getting active. It can help you to manage stress and will also use up some energy which is perfect for helping you to stick with your quit as well as manage your weight. For more top tips, information and support on quitting, visit: nosmokingday.org.uk

For Stop Smoking Wales services visit – www.stopsmokingwales.com – 0800 085 2219

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School careers fair was ‘best day in school so far’

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YEAR Four pupils at Prendergast CP School have held their own Careers Fair.

The children undertook the challenge of planning and fully organising the event inspired by this term’s class topic ‘Who Do You Want To Become? focusing on the world of work and looking forward to the future.

In preparation, pupils wrote emails to the head teacher, Mrs Davies, and deputy head teacher, Mr Voros, asking for permission to hold the careers fair.

Letters – drafted and written asking a variety of businesses, professionals, and public health service men and women to attend – met with an enthusiastic response.

Representatives from Princes Gate Water; Sport Pembrokeshire; RNLI Lifeguards; Torch Theatre; Horse Warehouse; Dyfed Powys Police; the Armed Forces; University of Wales Trinity St David; Haverfordwest AFC; Jewson; local charity the DPJ Foundation and a local beekeeper all attended.

Year Four teacher, Joshua Layzell, said: “The reaction from the pupils, teaching staff and stall holders involved was outstanding.

“The hard work that everyone has put in to make it happen has been worth it. And as far as I’m concerned if just one child left the fair with a focus, or an idea of what they now want to do in the future, then I will consider the whole experience a complete success.”

One of the attendees, PCSO Zoe Monk, said afterwards: “What an amazing event! I wish I’d had opportunities like this when I was in Year Four.”

Another, Jac Davies from Princes Gate Water, said “It was great to see such a variety of stalls – the children are very enthusiastic about asking questions and finding out about what we do.”

And one of the boys from Year 4 described it as “the best day we’ve had in school so far!”

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Farm shop helps disabled

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A retail outlet selling a range of products handcrafted by local disabled people has been officially opened.

The farm shop at Scolton Manor near Haverfordwest also provides employment for those with a disability.

It is the result of collaborative working between a number of organisations.

A leading role is played by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Norman Industries – a supported factory in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest, which employs people with a disability.

The opening of the Scolton Manor farm shop has enabled Norman Industries to employ a further six people in the unit, giving them experience in a retail environment and customer service.

A further three disabled people have been taken on in its craft workshop bringing the total number of people on its supported
employment programme to over 50.    

The shop supports a wide range of Pembrokeshire producers – not just Norman Industries – and has opened up a range of work-based alternative day opportunities for people in craft industries.  

Funding has been accessed through a variety of sources including from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) through its Access to Work programme, through Workways+ from European Funds and through the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund.

The official opening was performed by the Vice Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Michael James.

He told guests: “This enterprise is an important step in improving the wellbeing of Pembrokeshire citizens. Along with the other initiatives run by Norman Industries, it shows how the County Council has improved its support and employment of people with disability over the last two years.”

Councillor James said the work had resulted in Pembrokeshire County Council being recognised as a DWP Disability Confident
Leader – the first local authority in Wales to achieve the distinction.

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Teifi Fun’d Raisers help Paul Sartori

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TEIFI Fun’d Raisers are a small group who meet regularly and raise vital funds for local and national charities which are close to their hearts. A Ball Race was recently held to raise vital funds for Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.

On 17th August, the local charity fundraisers held this event at the Penybryn Arms in Penybryn, near Cardigan. Prior to the race, support was gathered and the small group of fundraisers sold 500 balls at £1.00 each. The balls were then numbered and released down the hill alongside the Penybryn Arms.

Dyfrig Evans, member of the Teifi Fun’d Raisers said, “We have held this event once before; this year one of our members nominated Paul Sartori as they had experienced their services first hand.” This event proved to be a huge success as the Teifi Fun’d Raisers sold all 500 balls raising a fantastic £500.00 for Paul Sartori.

Lisa Wells, Income Generation Team administrator from Paul Sartori; recently went along to the Penybryn Arms to receive the cheque. She also spoke to the members present about all of the services offered by Paul Sartori. “A lot of people are unaware that we provide so many services and that they are all free of charge. We rely on the generosity of local businesses, general public and fundraisers like this ball race to raise vital funds for the Charity.” Said Lisa.

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home provides a range of services to Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life-limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, under 18’s anticipatory grief and bereavement support, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home enable people in the later stages of any life-limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear, if that is their wish.

All of the services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to the generosity of the Pembrokeshire Community.

Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.

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