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Withybush Ward 10 Flag appeal has hit £190,000



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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Last Pembroke bank to close HSBC confirms



THE LAST bank branch in Pembroke is due to close in the summer, HSBC has confirmed this week. Pembroke is one of 27 branches HSBC is set to close by the end of this year, with the Pembroke branch closing on July 31.

The bank has said that jobs may be at risk due to the closure.

HSBC was the last bank in Pembroke. Barclays and Santander closed last year.

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Haverfordwest: Pupils collected by parents after feeling unwell in school following Italy ski trip



THREE PUPILS from Haverfordwest High School have been collected by parents after feeling unwell today (Feb 25). It is understood that all the pupils involved were on a half term skiing trip to Italy.

This has been confirmed by a Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson.

No case of COVID-19 has been confirmed.

The Pembrokeshire pupils were in the resort of Fanano, the council said.

In a letter to all staff, head teacher Jane Harries said: “The ski trip which returned from Italy on the weekend did not travel to the two areas of lock-down in Italy affected by the corona-virus. Advice is for staff or pupils who have returned from Italy (not the quarantined areas of Lombardy and Veneto) should they develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, they should immediately please follow this advice: stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would the flu, and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.
“They do not need to follow this advice if they have no symptoms.
“Staff who have any symptoms have been sent home and we are in the process of contacting all parents and pupils on the trip…”

A school statement released at 14:31 HRS on Tuesday reads: “We do have two pupils who were on family holidays in these areas and they have gone home.

“Three staff have been sent home as a precaution and we are in the process of contacting all parents of pupils on the trip. If they then feel that their son/daughter has any of the above symptoms they can come to collect them and follow the advice above.

“At the time of making this statement 15 parents have collected pupils although many of these are parents who are collecting pupils due to concern over messages on social media.  There are no confirmed cases of corona-virus at Haverfordwest High VC School.

“Over the border in England, one school has closed, and another has shut its sixth form today after students returned from half-term ski trips in Italy. The two schools, both in Cheshire, made the decision on Tuesday and comes as Italian authorities struggle to control an outbreak of COVID-19.

“A message to parents from Richard Pollock, the headteacher of Cransley School in Northwich, said the closure would remain in place for the rest of the week in order to “completely minimise” the risk of infection. Sky News reported that this comes after a number of students and staff at the school had visited Bormio – 350km from where the Pembrokeshire pupils were skiing – and had since been advised to self-isolate.

“Regardless of the current Public Health England advice (that the school should remain open to all other pupils) I have decided… to completely minimise possible spread of infection and close the school for the remainder of the week,” he wrote.

“During this time, the school will be able to conduct a deep clean and monitor the results of tests amongst those pupils who are currently showing flu-like symptoms.”

Meanwhile, Brine Leas Academy in Nantwich said on Twitter that is had decided to close its sixth form “due to staff shortages.”


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Folly Farm’s giving away 5,000 free places to primary school pupils



IN CELEBRATION of the birth of a critically endangered Eastern black rhino in January, Folly Farm is offering primary school pupils in Wales the opportunity to visit for free to learn more about its conservation work.

The free school visits week will take place between Monday 01 June and Friday 05 June 2020 to coincide with World Environment Day on Friday 05 June. Folly Farm’s zoo keeping team will be running activities each day to highlight conservation work, breeding programmes and sustainable initiatives at the attraction to educate and inspire school children.

Tim Morphew, zoo curator at Folly Farm, said; “The birth of our critically endangered Eastern black rhino, the first rhino to be born in Wales, is such a significant event, not just for us here at Folly Farm but also for the breeding programme and the species. We wanted to use this amazing opportunity as a catalyst to highlight our conservation work and motivate the next generation to act.
“We’re delighted to be offering free school visits to primary schools across Wales for a week of organised activities designed to educate and provide school children with some key takeaways about how they can make better decisions for the environment.”

5,000 free places will be provided for the week, up to a maximum of 1,000 visits on each day. The successful schools will be chosen on a first come first served basis and notified by the 27 March 2020.

Primary schools in Wales need to apply for the free places by filling in an application form on Folly Farm’s website indicating their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of day and total number of pupils.

The application form can be found here:

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