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FBM Holidays to be main sponsor for TenFoot Swim

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Tim Brace of FBM Holidays, Chris Williams of the TenFoot Swim and Ed Spence, FBM Estate Agents

LOCAL self-catering accommodation provider FBM Holidays are proud to announce that they will take over as the main sponsor for the TenFoot Swim in 2018.

The event which began in 2017 is a 5km open sea endurance swim which begins on Tenby’s North Beach and finishes on Saundersfoot beach – hence the name ‘TenFoot’ – and is organised by a joint committee made up of representatives of both Tenby and Saundersfoot communities and features members who are responsible for the continued success of the New Years Day Swim in Saundersfoot.

The event, which is due to take place on July 21,  2018, will see around 300 competitors take to the water, with all proceeds raised from the event going to charity.

Last year, the event raised £10,000 which was split between two local communities, The Rory Rogers Fund and Bloodwise, but recently lost its main sponsor for the event. FBM Holidays who were keen supporters of the 2017 swim were very keen to be further involved and offered to sponsor the swim event as a whole.

Thom James, Marketing Executive at FBM Holidays, said: “The whole of FBM Holidays is extremely excited to be involved in sponsoring the TenFoot Swim in 2018. As a large accommodation provider in the area, we want to help make this event an absolute must for holiday-makers and locals alike in 2018 and beyond.

“As a local company, it was important that we could help sponsor a local event that has such a good heart. As a charity-minded organisation, the committee do an amazing job of putting on these events which go on to benefit some wonderful causes in the process.”

The 2018 TenFoot swim event will include the TenFoot Trek, which coincides with the swim, and a concert in aid of Wales Air Ambulance and two local charities. Also, for the first time in 2018, there will be the introduction of the StepFoot Run, a 5k family fun run from Saundersfoot to Stepaside, and this is also being sponsored separately by FBM Estate Agents.

For full details of the swim, including more information and how to enter, visit the TenFoot website, www.tenfootswim.co.uk. Details of the local charities that will be represented in 2018 to be announced soon.

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Milford Haven: Teen delivers speech in House of Commons

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THE CHAIR of the Pembrokeshire Youth Assembly, 17-year-old Bethany Roberts of Milford Haven, has been congratulated for delivering a speech at the House of Commons – and winning a major local award.

In November, Bethany attended the UK Youth Parliament at Westminster, representing young people from Pembrokeshire. She spoke about Votes at 16 and why young people should be given the vote.

A week later, she won the Volunteer of the Year category at the Radio Pembrokeshire awards for her hard work and commitment to young people and children’s rights.

“She is one of the most committed young people I have ever worked with,” said Nadine Farmer from Pembrokeshire Youth – the County Council’s Youth Service.

“I was delighted when she received the award as it recognises her contribution to make Pembrokeshire a better place for young people.”

And Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, David Simpson, described Bethany as an ‘inspiration’ after meeting her at the Radio Pembrokeshire Awards.

David Simpson: With Bethany Roberts

Bethany, a student at Pembrokeshire College, started attending Milford Haven Youth Club at the age of 11, which led to her becoming a member of Milford Haven Youth Council.

She has been involved in many youth club activities over the years, including helping to host six Christmas dinners, bingo events, afternoon teas and trips for isolated pensioners.

In October 2016 she was elected as Chair of the Pembrokeshire Youth Assembly and was re-elected by her peers in November this year. As Chair, she has attended many meetings to ensure that young people’s views are being heard – and challenged adults to think about the views of the young people she represents.

Bethany said: “When I first joined Milford Haven Youth Council, I never realised what doors it would open for me. This work has made such a difference in my life and I’m really passionate about giving young people a voice at a local, national and UK level. I also really enjoy being part of my community and making a difference.

“Attending the House of Commons with the UK Youth Parliament was an amazing opportunity and a real privilege to represent Pembrokeshire. I never in my life thought I would stand in the House of Commons and deliver a speech!

“When I was told I had been awarded the Radio Pembrokeshire Young Achievers Award for Volunteering I felt really happy and proud. It also gave me another platform to promote young people having a voice.

“The Children and Young People’s Rights Office and Pembrokeshire Youth have really supported me and given me many opportunities.”

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Toilets ‘smashed to pieces’ as council vows to crack down on vandals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has vowed to crack down on acts of vandalism in the county and is asking the public to help.

It comes after damage was caused to toilet facilities in Marine Road Broad Haven and the multi-storey Car Park in Haverfordwest between December 7-10.

The damage caused to the cubicle in Haverfordwest was so severe it has been temporarily shut, however two cubicles can still be used while the required maintenance is carried out.

Fortunately, Danfo, maintenance contractors of public conveniences in Pembrokeshire, were able to re-open the facility in Broad Haven swiftly.

The incident at the multi-storey occurred between 5pm on Thursday, December 7, and 7am on Friday, December 8, while damage at Broad Haven happened between 1pm on Sunday, December 10 and 11am on Monday, December 11.

On both occasions the toilets were smashed to pieces.

“Sadly, these acts are not uncommon,” said Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet member for the Environment and Welsh Language Councillor, Cris Tomos.

“It is clear that whoever is doing this is doing it for the sole purpose of causing damage for damage sake. It is mindboggling why someone would want to do that.

“The damage is such that I assume they are using something like a sledgehammer to do it and if anyone has seen or heard anything, I’d urge them to get in touch with us so we can work with the Police to follow it up.

“It is mindless, stupid and causes a risk to the public.”

Damage caused to public conveniences in Pembrokeshire amounts to thousands of pounds a year and the Authority has been forced to board up the facility at Gelliswick in Milford Haven due to a spate of recent attacks.

Danfo regularly have to clean up facilities across Pembrokeshire after vandals kick doors off hinges, rip toilet paper holders from fixings, fill toilet pans with pebbles and mud while used toilet paper is often strewn over walls.

“These people are causing a risk to the health of the public and costing us money that we can ill afford to spend at a time when budgets are stretched,” added Cllr Tomos.

“We cannot and will not allow them to get away with it.”

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Milford Haven: Fire at storeroom next to Sir Charles Whetham

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FIRE FIGHTERS have been dealing with a blaze which broke out in a storage building at the bottom of Pill Road in Milford Haven this evening (Dec 12).

Two fire appliances were at the scene and police assisted with traffic control.

The cause of the fire is not yet know.

There are no reported injuries, and it is understood that the premises was empty at the time of the incident.

As at 22:11 HRS Pill Road remains closed with diversions in place.

 

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