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hearing-aidHearing aid specialists Hearing Aid Solutions have joined forces with the Lions Clubs of Britain and Ireland to support a unique and successful project helping those with hearing loss in some of the world’s poorest nations which has been going for more than 25 years. Hearing Aid Solutions, who have centres in Havefordwest, Fishguard and Carmarthen, have collected old but working devices for use overseas for many years. They are supported by the Association of Hearing Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP.org), of which Hearing Aid solutions is the only Welsh member. Hearing aids collected locally are sorted, cleaned, checked and repaired by prisoners at the Sound workshop in Frankland prison in County Durham. These are then forwarded on to many countries across the world, which recently included; Kenya, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Moldova and Zimbabwe. Many organisations are involved with the distribution of the Hearing aids including Sound Seekers, Rotary International and the Salvation Army. This has become a truly global and inter-organisational project, and in addition to helping prisoners to learn new skills as part of their rehabilitation, it is making a real difference to people who would otherwise have no way of improving their hearing loss. Last year, over 56,000 aids were donated from across the British Isles. Those that are not serviceable yet can be salvaged have their parts sold on again, which in turn assists in raising money for hearing projects, but many more are needed. All Hearing Aid Solution centres in south and west Wales are now accepting old hearing aids, hearing aid equipment and assistance devices. Martyn Scott, managing director of Hearing Aid Solutions and secretary of AIHHP said: “We are proud to be part of this very worthwhile scheme, working closely with the Lions clubs for such a long time. There is no greater feeling than receiving a letter from a child in Sri Lanka to say that she can now go back to school and pass her exams just because she can hear again. Letters are also received from adults across the world who have managed to go back to work and support their families. These letters highlight how this really is an invaluable scheme”. Recycled hearing aids are giving the gift of hearing to disadvantaged and the poor across the world, helping people to lead a dignified and fulfilling life. A full list of hearing aid solutions centres across the region can be found at www.hearingaidsolutions.co.uk

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Pembroke: Leave teenage girls alone, sex offender told

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A SEX OFFENDER from Ashdale Lane, Pembroke has been jailed for repeatedly ignoring court orders which were put in place to protect young girls.
Gareth Thomas James Flynn, aged 41, frightened a 14-year-old girl who refused to get off a bus in case he managed to find out where she lived.
41-year-old Gareth Thomas James Flynn scared a 14-year-old girl because she refused to get of a bus, frightened he would learn her address.
He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was jailed today for a year.
Sitting at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters berated the defendant.  His Honour said that Flynn had shown a complete disregard for the original SHPO.
The judge said: “Leave teenage girls alone. They are scared of you”
He told Flynn he would be on licence for 12 months after his release from prison, and he reminded him that the SHPO remained in place.

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Narberth: ‘My mum’s camper was stolen and found burned out down the road’

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A CAMPER VAN stolen on Thursday night in Narberth was found burned a short distance from where it was parked, the owner’s son has said.

Zachary Bunce posted an appeal on Facebook on Friday morning saying: “Can every single one of my friends please share this my mother’s Ford transit campervan was stolen last night in the Narberth area can people please be on the lookout for this van as my mother is completely heartbroken.”

But three hours later he updated the post to say: “Thank you everyone who shared, sadly my mums van was driven 1.3 miles down the road and driven into a ditch and burnt it out.

Mr Bunce has said on that the incident has been captured on CCTV, and took place at 2.10am in the morning (Jan 24).
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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Hook: Police and school confirm death of boy, 13

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POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy from Hook on Wednesday (Jan 22)

A police spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy, from the Hook area of Pembrokeshire.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Next of kin have been advised and are being supported.”

A letter was sent out to parents and carers by Haverfordwest High VC School headteacher Jane Harries following the death. The letter reads: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the sudden death of a year nine pupil at our school.

“The children in Year nine were told this morning by myself and other pupils were told by their teachers during their lesson this afternoon. The full detail surrounding the death are not known at this stage – but children have been reassured that this is something that does not happen very often. Your child may or may not want to talk bout it, but it is likely that he/she will need your special care, attention and reassurance at this difficult time.

“We are deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the children opportunities to talk about the pupil if they wish to. Trained support staff and counsellors are helping to support us through this difficult time. If you feel that your child needs extra support, please let us know.

“Our thoughts are with the pupil’s family at this difficult time, and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s achievement leader, or Miss Thomas, pastoral support manager. Paul Lucas, chairman of the governing body at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The governors are shocked at the tragic loss of this young student. The family are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

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