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Pembrokeshire model in calendar competition

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A PEMBROKESHIRE model is helping to raise money for a cancer charity with the UK Calendar Girls competition.

Adeana Elaine, of Pembroke Dock, is competing to star in the official calendar, organised by UK Calendar Girls, who are supporting the Chestnut Appeal this year.

The modelling competition produces calendars each year, whilst also donating to and raising awareness for cancer-based charities at key events throughout the year, having supported various charities since 2006. Adeana is one of the nominees who are part of the text vote, which runs for a month, and from there the top 80 nominees are then invited to the Grand Final, where the guests vote for their top 12, that then get to feature on the calendar.

UK Calendar Girls said: “We are not a charity calendar, we are a modelling competition, however we raise funds using officially registered charity pots given to us by various charities at our events and we also donate 10% of ticket sales and calendar sales directly to our chosen charity.

“To date we’ve raised tens of thousands for cancer-based charities through the hard work and dedication of the team, the volunteers, the girls, and our amazing sponsors & supporters. We work very closely with our chosen charities and this year we are supporting the Chestnut Appeal who raise much-needed funds and awareness for prostate cancer.”

Lesley-Ann Simpson, the Charity Director for the Chestnut Appeal, said: “We are the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer and we have worked with the UK Calendar Girls team headed by Myles Lockwood since 2014 since the launch of the Plymouth Calendar Men competition. Very quickly we noticed the participants also had the opportunity to take part in many UKCG governed charity events they wouldn’t normally get involved in and this has had a direct effect on increasing our charity funds as well as creating widespread awareness for the Chestnut Appeal as a whole.

“For us it’s been amazing to see young people shine as their confidence grows through the various stages of the competition and how involved some of the girls become in the charity side of things. As well as improving lives by creating these wonderful calendars UKCG also raise much-needed awareness for the most common cancer in men; prostate cancer.

“The calendar projects have to date raised in excess of £7000 for us alone with many of the models raising funds individually to help our cause. With the funds and awareness this competition manages to create alongside raising money for many other cancer-based charities over the years we can only see great things coming from this organisation. We have noticed the team work on more than just glamorous calendars they also open doors for many aspiring models to meet inspirational people who work in the modelling industry as well as becoming noted by credible talent scouts.

“Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with the disease every year, that’s 129 men every day and every 45 minutes one man dies from prostate cancer in the UK. Staggering statistics aren’t they, especially when current studies show less than 30% of men know where the prostate gland is, let alone what it does. The fundraising from the calendar girls has enabled us to supply state of the art medical equipment to hospitals which makes the diagnosis of prostate cancer faster and more accurate than ever before and has helped us raise much needed vital awareness in communities we might not have been able to reach before. We are indebted to Myles and his amazing team and it’s been a pleasure working with such professional people.”

To vote for Adeana, you need to text ‘UKCG 150’ to 82727, with each text costing £1 plus the standard network rate.

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COVID-19 tests being encouraged for wider range of symptoms

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PEOPLE living in Pembrokeshire are being encouraged to have a free COVID-19 test if they have a wider range of symptoms.

Previously, only those with either a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell, were advised to seek a test. The health board is now also encouraging people to have a test if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Flu-like symptoms, including myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Generally feeling unwell and a history of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test

The change aims to find hidden COVID-19 cases in our communities and drive down the numbers of onward transmissions.

Identifying infections, which could otherwise go undetected, is particularly important as new variants of the virus emerge. The more tests carried out, the easier it will be to spot early clusters of cases and possible virus mutations. This will help with easing restrictions in the future.

The new testing regime will initially run for at least 28 days and will then be reviewed. Swansea Bay University Health Board is also expanding its offer of testing in this way.

Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies and Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Overall, we are seeing a positive picture across the three counties and there has been a steady fall in the number of COVID-19 cases.

“Also, the demand for tests has come down considerably since the end of 2020, so we have capacity to expand the offer of testing to those with a wider range of symptoms.

“We know the wider group of symptoms do occur in COVID-19 but are not reported as often as the ‘classic three’ symptoms. With the very low rates of flu circulating at the moment, it is more likely that wider flu-like symptoms are due to COVID-19.

“Our aim is to find as many COVID-19 cases as possible so we can prevent the virus being passed on to others. We want to do everything we can to help bring the pandemic to a close as fast as possible and help restrictions to be lifted.”

If you have any of the symptoms outlined above, please stay at home and get a test by booking online via the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ringing 119.

As these are national contacts, you may automatically be asked about the ‘classic three’ symptoms. However, to book your test simply choose either one of these options: “You have been asked to take a test by your local council” or “You are part of a government pilot project”.

Once you have had your test, you must continue to self-isolate until you receive your result, which will usually be within 24 hours of the test. If your result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms started. You will also be contacted by the local Tracing Team.

If your result is negative, you can end your self-isolation, when you feel well enough to do so.

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Dale Morgan charged with murder of Judith Rhead, police confirm

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DYFED POWYS POLICE have charged a man in connection with the alleged murder of 68 year old Judith Rhead who was found dead in her home in Market Street, Pembroke Dock on Saturday (Feb 20).

Dale Morgan, 43, will appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today by video link.

Dale Morgan, in court today

A spokesman for the force said: “Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm that Dale Morgan, aged 43, has been charged with the murder of Judith Rhead, aged 68, who was found in a property in Market Street, Pembroke Dock.

“He is due to appear before Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 25 February).”

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Judith Rhead murder investigation – Detectives given more time to question suspect

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POLICE have been given more time to question a 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man has been in police custody since Saturday night, after being arrested over the death 68-year-old Judith Rhead.

She was found in a residential property in Market Street.

The police now have until Thursday afternoon (Feb 25) to question the suspect.

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