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Lodge boost for dialysis unit



lodge boostTHE Provincial Grand Primo’s Appeal for 2012 was presented at the Goldcrest Lodge to the Friends of the new Dialysis Unit at Withybush Hospital recently. This amounted to Ł1210.64 which was raised by the Lodges of the Province by Dutch Auctions and donations from the members.

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Housing Provider picks two Important Causes as its Charities of the Year



Wales Air Ambulance

WALES & WEST HOUSING ASSOCIATION has chosen the Wales Air Ambulance and Blood Bikes as its charities of the year.

The two important causes will benefit from funds raised by staff during a two-year period after over 850 staff were invited to nominate charities that were close to their hearts.

A shortlist was drawn up of the most popular suggestions and staff voted for their preferred charity.

Diane Barnes, Senior Administrator at Wales & West Housing said: “The Wales Air Ambulance and Blood Bikes Wales had the most support.

“One of the staff members who nominated Wales Air Ambulance had personal experience of the service when one of the older residents living at the housing scheme she manages was taken ill. Wales Air Ambulance flew the resident to hospital and our staff member was in no doubt that the speed of the service was critical in saving the person’s life, so we are delighted to be able to support the Charity’s vital work.”

This will not be the first time that Wales & West Housing has raised funds for the Wales Air Ambulance, they raised more than £6,000 in 2006.

Some of the other charities they have supported in recent years include Cancer Research Wales, Stroke Association, Help For Heroes, Alzheimer’s Society, NSPCC, Tenovus and Guide Dogs.

Wales Air Ambulance offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’. 

The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia, and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care.

Now operational 24/7, the Charity needs to raise £8 million every year to keep the helicopters flying.

Speaking on how valuable the company thinks the lifesaving service is, Diane added: “Wales Air Ambulance is hugely important. It saves lives every single day of the year. When we learned that the service relies entirely on public donations to keep their emergency helicopters flying to all parts of Wales, our staff were keen to help support the Charity and make a difference to its fundraising for the next two years.”

The staff kicked off its fundraising with an Easter egg raffle which raised more than £400.

Diane said: “We also have people running marathons, doing sponsored challenges and baking cakes over the coming months and are looking forward to many other innovative and fun fundraising ideas and suggestions that we can take part in and support over the next two years. We also asked staff to donate the odd number of pennies from their pay to our charity. This way we can raise thousands of pounds every year without having to do anything!

“In the past we have held regular raffles in our offices, bake sales, dress down days and special events such as a Ride the Nation charity cycling challenge from North to South Wales and a rugby tournament, which helped to raise money for a previous staff charity Age Cymru.”

Katie Macro, Campaigns Manager for the Wales Air Ambulance said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been chosen as one of Wales & West Housing’s charities of the year for the next two years. Support from businesses like Wales & West Housing is vital in helping us to be there for the people of Wales when they need us most.

“It sounds like Wales & West Housing have some exciting fundraising plans coming up and we wish them well. Their support of our lifesaving charity is much appreciated.”

There are several ways that the public can continue to support the Wales Air Ambulance. These include online donations, signing up to the Charity’s Lifesaving Lottery or by coming up with their own innovative ways to fundraise at home. Further information can be found via

Alternatively, a £5 text-message donation can be made by texting the word HELI to 70711. For more information on Wales & West Housing visit

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Get Active with Pembrokeshire Leisure!



Haverfordwest Leisure Centre

PEMBROKESHIRE Leisure have launched their new streamlined membership and pricing structure.

Membership options on offer to new customers have been reduced to make joining easier.

If you are a current member with a live membership, you will not be affected by the change. The new Active Memberships include Active Individual, Active Junior and Active Household. They will replace the previous Gold, Silver and Bronze memberships.

The pricing will also be made simpler by removing loyalty options. If you’re an existing loyalty subscription user you will continue to benefit from the loyalty price until the current subscription expires.

Gary Nicholas, Leisure Services Manager for Pembrokeshire said; “In order to simplify our pricing structure and as a reflection of current cost of living challenges, we have reviewed and changed our charges to provide excellent value to all our users.

He continued: “Pembrokeshire Leisure continues to offer our Passport to Leisure scheme to support those most in need, as well as offering the Welsh Government funded Free Swimming for the 60+ and 16 & under, Active for Life Programme and the National Exercise Referral scheme.

“Our facilities and services are here to provide active and social opportunities to everyone in our communities as we aim to promote and support a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.”

If you would like more information, please visit

You can now buy Active Memberships online or in any of our leisure centres.

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Commitment of safeguarding professionals recognised in Safeguarding Practice awards



Pictured is Deputy Minister Julie Morgan with award-winners, nominees and executive safeguarding board members outside the Halliwell Centre.

THE DEDICATION, resilience and hard work of safeguarding professionals across the Mid and West Wales region has been celebrated and rewarded at the Halliwell Centre, University of Wales, Trinity St David.

The Mid and West Wales Safeguarding Boards for Children (CYSUR) and for Adults (CWMPAS) held its first award ceremony to recognise the contribution key workers from a variety of public sector agencies have played in keeping the most vulnerable children and adults in our communities safe.  

Pictured with Deputy Minister Julie Morgan are (left to right) Chris Harrison, Ian Randall and Alison Watkins, Commissioning Managers at Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Councils, who were awarded Exceptional Commitment demonstrated to the Safeguarding of Adults at Risk During Covid Restrictions.

Practitioners recognised included health professionals and nurses, police officers, social workers, education professionals and care and nursing home workers and managers.

Their work was recognised across seven categories of award, which included work carried out by key workers in the most challenging of circumstances – the Covid pandemic.

Pictured with Deputy Minister Julie Morgan is (centre) Kizzy Garner, Nominated Child Protection Officer for Schools, who was awarded Exceptional Commitment demonstrated to the Safeguarding of Children During Covid Restrictions. Also pictured is Donna Pritchard, Executive Member of the Safeguard Board.

Categories included:

  • Exceptional Commitment demonstrated to the Safeguarding of Adults at Risk during Covid Restrictions
  • Exceptional Commitment demonstrated to the Safeguarding of Children during Covid Restrictions
  • Outstanding Practice demonstrated in the Safeguarding of Adults at Risk
  • Outstanding Practice demonstrated in the Safeguarding of Children
Pictured with Deputy Minister Julie Morgan are the Dyfed Powys Police INTACT team, who were awarded Innovation and Creativity Leading to Improved Safeguarding Practice for Children and Adults at Risk.

The ceremony was attended and addressed by the Deputy Minister for Social Services Julie Morgan, who said: “It’s a great pleasure, and an honour, to be able to celebrate the Safeguarding Practice awards which recognise the hard work, skill and dedication of the recipients, especially given the extraordinary challenges the sector has faced since March 2020.

“I want to congratulate everyone who has been nominated for an award but, just as importantly, I would like to convey my gratitude to all the practitioners working across so many different sectors for the contribution they have made to safeguarding children and adults at risk.”

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