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Cyclist in 24 hour fundraising marathon

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A LOCAL cyclist is to stage a 24 hour marathon static-bike ride on March 27 at Tesco in Haverfordwest to raise vital funds for Pembrokeshire’s Mind charity.

Local fundraiser: Lee Anson hopes to raises thousands for Mind.

Local fundraiser: Lee Anson hopes to raises thousands for Mind.

Lee Anson suffered a family tragedy 3 years ago when his brother Mike Anson sadly took his own life as a result of severe depression. Lee spoke exclusively this week with The Herald and explained the reasoning behind what will be a gruelling 24 hours.

“In my mind after Mikey passed I wanted to do something to raise awareness for something that has a lot of stigma. Not enough people talk about mental health. We all suffer it at some point in our life but some of us don’t realise we are suffering with it. I myself have suffered and continue to – not to the extremes of my brother – fortunately, some of us come out of those dark places. There is always someone you can talk to. Michael was such a loud personality and really well liked – he hid his mental health problems so well – even on the day he passed he seemed normal, you wouldn’t have known. It’s very difficult to diagnose. I had been chatting with Mind since before Christmas. They are a Samaritan-style support network for people with mental health problems; you call them and they try and help you.”

The Herald wanted to know what sort of equipment was needed for such a feat and also what had inspired Lee to pick cycling for his fundraiser. He continued: “I’ve cycled for a lot of years and used to compete. I thought why not do something I enjoy and make it as difficult as I can for myself. I was going to do 12 hours but felt that wouldn’t be too much of a struggle. I have a normal road bike set up on a turbo trainer that applies magnetic resistance to the back wheel. I’m going to attempt to do 400 miles at about 85- 100 revs per minute, and an average speed of 15-17mph. I am sponsored by ‘Mike’s Bikes’ in Haverfordwest who will provide everything I need for the day; kit, wheels, sports drinks, etc.”

He went on to explain what preparations he has made, and the diet required for the ride. “I have taken a lot of advice – from Iron Man competitors. The key is avoiding salt loss and dehydration and keeping up calorie intake. I’ll burn between 600 to 800 calories an hour – so I need easily digestible food. I don’t think I’ll run out of food in Tescos! I still have to do some research on how much fluid I need, but as a rule about 750 ml per hour. Sweat is the biggest enemy and for the ‘sensitive areas’ there is a cream. I will change when my clothes are saturated, and pause for toilet breaks too. It’s about carb loading prior to the event so that I have a reserve tank. I’ll probably need about 150-200 calories per half hour.”

He then explained that he would need endurance to get through the full 24 hours and had support that would be invaluable for the event. Lee informed us that he would have another bike next to him where people can join him and offer support, but also could come along if they just wanted someone to have a chat with. On how much money he wanted to raise he finished by stating: “I chose that weekend as it’s the weekend before Easter; if you can spend a fiver on an egg I’m sure a pound would be OK so hopefully we will raise a lot and get some support – I’d love to say thousands – but it will be what it is and hopefully people will be generous.”

The Herald will be following the event and would encourage support and donations which can be made by going to the website www.justgiving. com or simply by turning up on the day and donating then, as well as offering some support for Lee. The award for innovative fundraising – for organisations that have run campaigns or events demonstrating creativity and innovation in fundraising.

WINNER

Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association Youth Group was set up to help Merthyr Housing reach its goal of raising the aspirations and life experiences of its young people through education and fundraising.

RUNNERS-UP

Inner Wheel District 15 is part of the largest women’s organisation in the world. The District has 31 clubs across West and South Wales, and in 2013 – 2014 raised more than £30,000 for charities.

Xcel Project– Towy Community Church in Johnstown, Carmarthen – the only charity-run bowling alley in the UK. Proceeds are invested back into the community through a foodbank and a recycled furniture project.

Award for the most admired organisation – for organisations most respected for their inspirational work and the causes they represent.

WINNER

Swansea-based Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST), which was set up in 2005 by a group of ethnic minority young people to fill a gap in provision for young BME people aged 11 to 25 by providing a culturally sensitive and holistic support service to meet their needs.

RUNNERS-UP

Taking Flight Theatre Company was founded to promote complete inclusivity for disabled actors.

Time to Change Wales, the first national campaign to address the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

 

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Fishguard and Goodwick Mural project turns to Crowdfunder to raise money

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PLANS to put up a few bright and decorative murals around the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick have turned to Crowdfunder to raise the money needed for their vision.

Andrew Harries, found of the Fishguard Future Projects, wants to place 12 murals around Fishguard and Goodwick “to help brighten up the town and showcase its culture and history”.

Andrew said: “Having been born and raised in Fishguard, I have seen the town’s highs and lows.

“Fishguard and Goodwick has a lot of potential with the tourism trade growing every year and the popular events such as the Music Festivals, The New Years Eve Street Party, The Carnival, The Soapbox Derby and many more helping attract even more visitors.”

The murals, which were initially turned down for funding when a grant application was refused, will focus on the two towns “interesting but lesser known history” that Andrew feels needs to be highlighted.

Andrew told The Herald: “Each design will be 8 x 6ft and mounted professionally on buildings around the area. Having spoken to a few business owners around the town, this project has received a lot of positive feedback.”

“The murals will unfortunately need to be fully funded via Crowdfunder, after a grant application was turned down.

“I have explored the option of having them traditionally painted on, but this would be more cost effective and would need to be maintained every 5 – 8 years. With this in mind, the designs will be created digitally and then professionally mounted on aluminium composite.”

If you want to help, you can find the link to Andrew’s Crowdfunder here.

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Drive for new recruits as Army Cadets re-open

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DYFED AND GLAMORGAN ARMY CADET FORCE are now able to accept new joiners aged 12 (and in Year 8 at School) to 17 years old.

Joining the Army Cadets will give access to a wide range of exciting activities, from adventurous training (AT) such as kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to military-themed activities including shooting, fieldcraft and skill at arms, as well as training in first aid, young adults get the chance to discover lots of new experiences and make new friends.  

There is no obligation to join the Forces at all, but they can give some guidance if you are interested.  

There are no subscription charges, uniform is issued free on a loan basis; the only thing you need to supply yourselves is Boots.  

The Cadet Force are also looking for adult volunteers, both uniformed and non-uniformed to assist as well.

They have Detachments located in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Narberth, Tenby, Milford Haven, Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Tenby, St Clears, Llanelli, Trimsarren and Burry Port.

Most Detachments parade twice a week in the evenings 1900 – 2100hrs on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday (Depending on Location) and try to get away for a weekend every month as well as organising summer camps. 

Further Information is available at :- www.armycadets.com or call them on 01656 657593 (Option 1) to find out where your local detachment is and what nights they Parade.

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Food Waste Heroes needed in Pembrokeshire

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TESCO’S Pembroke Dock Superstore has joined forces with food sharing app and social enterprise OLIO which is encouraging people across Pembrokeshire to become Food Waste Heroes.

The OLIO app allows anyone who signs up to tackle the issue of food waste at a local level.

OLIO Food Waste Heroes collect surplus food that might otherwise go to waste from supermarkets and other food businesses and share it with others locally for free via a contact-free pick-up.

Food Waste Heroes will be collecting surplus food from Tesco local stores taking part in the scheme, including the Tesco Pembroke Dock Superstore, and take it home ready to upload it to the app and share it with their community.

To reward them for taking part Food Waste Heroes are allowed to keep 10% of anything they collect to enjoy at home.

Saasha Celestial-One, co-founder of OLIO, said: “People become a Food Waste Hero for many different reasons but they each share a commitment to reducing food waste at scale. It is extremely rewarding because distributing large quantities of surplus food via the app means you get to see exactly what food you are preventing from going to waste.

“In the process of sharing our FWHs also get to meet a lot of new people in their neighbourhood, people from all walks of life. Finally, FWHs are able to keep up to 10% of their haul for themselves, so they can enjoy some of the delicious rescued food too!”

OLIO is registered with the Food Standards Agency, which ensures that all food collected is safe for human consumption.

Paul Johns, Store Manager at Tesco Pembroke Dock encouraged people to get involved.

“At Tesco we are committed to tackling food waste and we already donate our store’s surplus food to local charities and community groups through our Community Food Connection scheme with FareShare,” he said.

“But on some days local charities and community groups are unable to collect from us, and that is why we are supporting OLIO in the hunt for Food Waste Heroes across Pembrokeshire so that even more of our surplus food is eaten rather than wasted.”

To become a Food Waste Hero or find out more, visit https://olioex.com/get-involved/volunteer/

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