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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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Haverfordwest: Man detained under Mental Health Act on bypass bridge

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POLICE assisted a man who was sat on the road bridge above Freeman’s way in Haverfordwest on Sunday night (May 19).

He was taken to hospital, as he was believed to be suffering from mental health problems.

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police told The Herald: “We received a report concerning the welfare of a man, who was sitting on the bridge above Freeman’s Way, Haverfordwest, at around 10.40pm on Sunday.

“The man was detained under the mental health act a short time later and taken to hospital.“He was not injured. Freeman’s Way was closed for around 10 minutes.”

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Milford Haven: Police called to Charles Street incident

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MILFORD HAVEN police responded to an emergency call from Charles Street in Milford Haven this afternoon (May 20).

Several officers attended following reports of a man injured on the pavement.

Our reporter at the scene said that a male was conscious but nursing injuries to his head

There are over 15 officers at the scene.

A male has been arrested and taken into custody in a police van.

 

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Willy make the council fix the road?

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DRIVERS in and around the Maenclochog area are still recovering today after a hardened vandal spray-painted yellow penises along a stretch of road near Morvil.
The road, just off the B4313, was targeted with graffiti because of the number of potholes scattered along it’s length.
Locals have dubbed the cock-sure artist as ‘Wanksy’ and have discovered that whoever drew the penises also wrote ‘Follow the yellow d### road’.
Some of the penises have been drawn around more sizeable potholes, but simply pointing disapprovingly at the smaller ones.
If you want to report a pothole, the chosen method is still via the Pembrokeshire County Council website.
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