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Withybush Ward 10 Flag appeal has hit £190,000

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Elly proudly wearing her CBBC Diamond Blue Peter Badge

MAY marks the fourth anniversary of Elly’s Ward 10 Flag appeal which started on May 1, 2015.

The appeal started as a winning entry for a St David’s Day competition at Pembroke Dock Community School by Elly Neville, then aged 5.

The Neville family then went on to use the flag to raise vital funds for the refurbishment and upgrade to services on Ward 10 at Withybush General Hospital.

Elly Neville with her prize winning St David’s day competition entry, where it all began

The cause Is very close to the family’s heart, after Elly’s father, Lyn, received a Bone Marrow transplant in 2005.

He received fantastic treatment at the hospital’s Ward 10.

Elly’s Ward 10 Flag just giving page says “Ward 10 at Withybush Hospital has been an incredibly important haven for cancer patients in Pembrokeshire.

“Lyn was a patient at the Chemotherapy Day Unit (CDU) and Ward 10 himself after a bone marrow transplant in 2005. It was the dedicated staff and facilities of the CDU and Ward 10 was a safety net to us during Lyn’s treatment and recovery. Staff were always on hand to provide reassurance and support at an anxious and frightening time.

“That great care, support and advice were only a short trip away as a family we will never forget the care we received.”

Hywel Dda Health Charities made the campaign an official appeal in October 2015. This ensured that all donations that were made to Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal will be ring-fenced to improve the experiences of patients accessing palliative care, oncology or haematology services at Withybush Hospital.

Elly and her proud dad Lyn outside the Senedd

After four years of relentless fundraising and campaigning, the appeal has hit a staggering £193,608 (correct at the time of print) raised for Oncology, Haematology and Palliative Care services at Withybush General Hospital.

The Facebook Campaign page said of their achievements “Today, 1st May 2009 is the fourth anniversary of the official start of the fundraising for Elly’s Ward 10 Flag.

“So much has been done over those years and Elly has changed a bit!

“It has taken all of those four years to get to “192,000 raised for Ward 10.

“Thanks to everyone who has supported us and helped in anyway, we appreciate all your support and encouragement!”

Elly, now aged 9, is highly decorated for her campaigning efforts.

She has done many interviews in both local and national media, more recently Heart Wales Radio and has even featured on ITV News.

Her efforts have seen her receive the prestigious CBBC Diamond Blue Peter Badge.

Through hard work, determination and the generosity of the people and businesses in Pembrokeshire, the dream has started to become a reality for Elly and her family.

Celebrating reaching a huge £150,000

The Ward 10 Flag appeal’s Facebook page has confirming that the refurbishment has commenced at Withybush.

They said “Elly’s Ward 10 Flag can confirm that all the patients were moved out of Ward 10 on Monday, into the new Ward 9, and work has started on the full refurbishment of Ward 10.

“We are so pleased after many years of campaigning and four years of fundraising we will now have a designated Haematology, Oncology and Palliative Care Ward at Withybush Hospital. We will keep you up to date with all that is happening, but this is great News for Pembrokeshire Cancer patients!”

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Cemeteries re-open to public

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Following the issuing of revised guidance by Welsh Government
yesterday evening (Friday, 3 rd April), all 11 of Pembrokeshire County
Council-owned cemeteries will be re-opened to members of the public
from 8 am tomorrow, Sunday, 5 th April.

The grounds of Parc Gwyn Crematorium in Narberth will now also be
accessible at their normal hours (10 am to 5 pm) although the Chapel
of Remembrance will remain closed until further notice.  

Welsh Government is in the process of making amendments to the
Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions Wales) Regulations 2020
which clarify the arrangements for funerals and crematoriums.
This includes the revision that cemeteries can remain open but social
distancing must be taken into account.

The list of persons who may attend a funeral – namely members of
the deceased’s household, close family, and a friend (only if no
household or family members were attending) plus carers of persons
attending – is also being changed.

The revised legislation states: ‘This will now include the person
arranging the funeral and anyone invited by that person (or any carer
of any of those persons) who may attend a funeral (and will be
considered to have a reasonable excuse for leaving their homes).’
The numbers of mourners attending funerals at Parc Gwyn
Crematorium or burials in any Pembrokeshire County Council-owned
cemeteries remains unchanged at 12.

The Council’s 11 cemeteries are:
 Rosemarket
 Llangwm
 Freystrop
 St Ishmaels
 City Road, Haverfordwest
 Nolton Haven
 Llanfair Nanty Gof (Trecwn)
 Llanwnda
 Llanion, Pembroke Dock
 Monkton
 St Michael’s, Pembroke.

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Childcare for children aged 0-4 of critical workers

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Following the announcement today (Monday 6th April) made by the
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, funding is being
provided to each Local Authority in Wales to support the cost of
Childcare for children 0-4 years of Critical Workers and also
vulnerable children who also need to access registered childcare. 

From today, Critical Workers with children aged 0-4 years will be able
to access childcare at a registered setting at no cost.

To make this funding possible, The Welsh Government has had to
suspend the Childcare Offer for Wales with immediate effect.

Applications are now closed and all children who were due start on
the Childcare Offer this April will be cancelled until further notice.

However, The Welsh Government will continue to pay booked hours
for children who are currently participating in the Childcare Offer until
mid-June 2020, with a review to be undertaken at the end of that
period.   

Pembrokeshire County Council will manage all bookings for the
Critical Workers childcare Offer.

To access this, you must register your child with Pembrokeshire
County Council.

For more information and to register please visit: 
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-guidance/childcare-provision-for-children-of-critical-workers-and-vulnerable-children

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Learners ‘Dream Team’ logo is a hit

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Learners studying on the Cornerstone programme at Pembrokeshire College recently entered a competition set by Pembrokeshire People First (PPF) to design a logo for their Dream Team.

Made up of PPF’s four learning disability champions, The Dream Team make sure that the voices of people with learning disabilities are heard and they needed a logo that shows what they do.

College lecturer, Heidi Baker saw the competition and thought this would be a great project for her Cornerstone learners – a group of 14 students with learning disabilities who love to get creative.

To start the process the learners undertook some research into what makes a good logo and found that effective logos are: easy to recognise, colourful, simple, vibrant and don’t contain too many different colours or words.

The learners then invited members of The Dream Team into the College to ask them questions about what they do and what kind of logo they needed. This allowed the learners to build everything they needed into the design, including the fact that the logo had to be bilingual.

The learners submitted several designs and provided the judges with information on how they had developed their ideas. The judges were overwhelmed by the learners’ ideas and the efforts they had put into creating a logo including providing mock-ups of their designs on t-shirts and bags.

Following a couple of tweaks, The Dream Team will soon proudly be wearing the logo designed by Cornerstone learners.

Lecturer Heidi Baker commented: “It is great to have students with learning disabilities designing for The Dream Team. We’re proud to have created a truly collaborative logo – all the students had a hand in creating it – and we hope The Dream Team enjoy using it. We might be up for designing more logos in the future if anyone else out there is interested in commissioning us!”

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