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‘Leave a legacy’ says cancer survivor

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Sharon Jordan, right, with Research Nurse, Catherine McPhee: Invite you to join them at Cancer Research UK’s Legacy afternoon on June 2

Sharon Jordan, right, with Research Nurse, Catherine McPhee: Invite you to join them at Cancer Research
UK’s Legacy afternoon on June 2

A PEMBROKE cancer survivor is urging the people of Pembrokeshire to help the fight against the disease by leaving a legacy in their will.
Sharon Jordan, 52, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 49 and has been through intensive surgery and treatment.
With over a third of the charity’s pioneering work funded through legacy giving she is now calling upon her local community to consider making a donation to Cancer Research UK when they write up their will.
It was when Sharon found a lump in her breast that she went to visit her GP. After having a hysterectomy at the age of 25 due to the finding of cancer cells in her cervix, Sharon knew how important it was to see her GP straight away.
Upon diagnosis Sharon’s first thought was of her children. Having seen them come to terms with losing their father two years beforehand from throat cancer, she now had to give them the news that she also had been diagnosed with cancer.
It has been a difficult three years for Sharon as she suffered from many side effects due to her response to treatment. She found losing her hair particularly difficult and also the loss of energy after feeling so fit and well.
Sharon says: “There have been many low times since my diagnosis but I’ve been offered so much support from both my family and the hospital and I am so grateful for their support. I was also offered the chance to participate in a trial at Haverfordwest Hospital. The reassurance I have received during my treatment whilst being on the trial has been second to none.”
Through money raised by the public Cancer Research UK are able to co-fund Research Nurse, Catherine McPhee, who is based at Haverfordwest, Catherine was able to sign Sharon up to the TACT trial which has also funded by the charity.
Catherine has now been in this role for five years and offers support day in day out to patients who participate in such trials.
Sharon says: “Catherine has been a life-line to me, nothing is every too much trouble. She is always there at the end of the phone and is able to answer any questions or concerns that I’ve had, or just to have a good old cry to at times. I am now asking everyone here across Pembrokeshire to consider leaving a Gift so that Cancer Research UK can continue to fund such trials that in return will save lives.”
Both Sharon and Catherine are extending an open invitation to the people of Pembrokeshire to join them at Cancer Research UK’s Legacy afternoon at Lamphey Court on Tuesday June 2.
Julie George, Cancer Research UK Legacy Manager for Wales said: “Leaving a gift to Cancer Research UK through a Will is a great way to help ensure future generations have longer, happier and healthier lives. Together we can help write an end to cancer. Cancer Research UK is at the heart of progress being made – progress that has seen survival rates for children’s cancer more than double since the 1960s and men with testicular cancer having close to a 100 per cent chance of beating the disease. And women diagnosed with breast cancer are now twice as likely to survive their disease as those diagnosed 40 years ago.”
To register for Cancer Research UK’s Legacy event at Lamphey Court please call Julie George on 07770544789 or for more info about Legacy giving visit www.cruk.org/ legacy.

Sharon Jordan, right, with Research Nurse, Catherine McPhee: Invite you to join them at Cancer Research UK’s Legacy afternoon on June 2

Sharon Jordan, right, with Research Nurse, Catherine McPhee: Invite you to join them at Cancer Research
UK’s Legacy afternoon on June 2

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Community Centre thanked for opening toilets to the public

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A COMMUNITY centre is throwing open its toilet doors to enable the public to make use of them.

As a non-statutory service, Pembrokeshire County Council has been under pressure to reduce the budget for public toilets for several years.  Some communities have stepped forward and taken over the running of public toilets, whilst others have helped to meet ongoing costs.

Another way to protect, and even increase, provision is for community venues and businesses to make their toilets publicly accessible. This is where the trustees of Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre have stepped in.

Their toilets will be open to the wider community for a trial period during their normal centre opening hours. The toilets have been redecorated and refurbished recently and are now ready for use.

For those with mobility issues there is ramped access to the centre, and one of the toilets is fully accessible.

More details of the centre can be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HHCYC/ or contact them on email h.h.ccbookings@gmail.com

The toilets will shortly appear on the map of public toilets on the Pembrokeshire County Council website (https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/map-data/public-toilets-map).

A Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre trustee said: “We had no hesitation in making these toilets available to anyone who needs to use them. 

“It is great to be able to provide a much-needed facility, particularly for those workers who are out and about every day in our community and need such facilities. It will also prove useful for those visiting the area such as walkers and cyclists.”

Cllr Rhys Sinnett, Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “I would like to thank Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre for stepping forward and providing this facility to their wider community. 

“They can clearly see the benefits that making their toilets publicly available can bring not only to the residents they serve but also those who are working in that area. I hope that other community and private settings will see the benefits of doing the same.”

If any community or private venue would like to make their toilets publicly available, please contact Katy Daly, Strategic Business Manager (katie.daly@pembrokeshire.gov.uk).

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Local florist creates stunning tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

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GWENDA’S Flowers From Home have created a beautiful floral display as a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II following her passing on September 8. 

Chris used four flowers from around the country in his display. Daffodils from Wales, red roses from England, Eryngium (similar to thistles from Scotland) and Molluccella, which is also known as ‘the bells-of-Ireland’.

Gwenda’s Flowers From Home create high quality arrangements and guarantee a personal touch with every bouquet. 

Chris, 39, named his business after his grandmother. Chris said she was a royalist and she loved the Queen. 

He feels as though this tribute is very fitting and is proud to make the display in his grandmother’s name. 

The display is currently located in Haverfordwest at the War Memorial. 

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Veteran opens Slimming World in Milford Haven

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ARMY Veteran, Rachel, has launched her own Slimming World group in Milford Haven after her own positive experiences. 

“I changed lives in the army and hope to continue changing lives for people in Milford Haven.”

Rachel was born and raised in Milford Haven. As a small child, she was “active and busy” and a real tomboy alongside her brothers. 

In 1998, she joined the Army at 16-years-old as a Combat Medical Technician. Following training, Rachel served in Germany, all over the UK, overseas in Cyprus, and was deployed to Oman, Kosovo, Bosnia and Poland before retiring from service in May 2021.

Her role as a combat medical technician meant she often had to deal with soldiers who had been injured in war zones. Rachel described dealing with the range of injuries as “life-changing”.

Rachel’s job not only consisted of helping soldiers physically recover; she also helped them with their mental well-being. 

She said she: “always pointed out the positives ahead of them for their lives and their families.

“The fulfilment I would get from seeing them recover and their family made whole again is so rewarding, I cannot put it into words.”

She has always been a strong, physically fit person. She enjoyed an active lifestyle and felt as though she “could always eat what she wanted.”

In 2017, she was posted to Harrogate. Rachel was 36 years old and had recently given birth to her third child, a daughter, after already having two sons aged 13 and 5. 

She says she was almost two stone overweight even before her pregnancy. 

Rachel said: “So here I was with four stone to lose. I had lost all confidence and was at a loss.

“I was at a GP surgery when I saw a poster for Slimming World. I was there for my daughter’s first vaccinations and that’s when I decided to join my local Harrogate Slimming World group.”

Rachel said she was welcomed to the group with open arms. She described the members as being lovely, offering to make her a hot drink after being weighed or hold her baby while she got settled into the group. 

It was at this group that Rachel found her love for Food Optimising, which is Slimming World’s unique plan to lose weight and get healthy. 

She swapped takeaway meals for ‘fakeaways’ using recipes she learned from her group. 

After only a week, Rachel had lost 4 lbs and knew this new plan was one she could follow. 

Over the next 10 months, she enjoyed curries, chillis, chips loaded with a variety of toppings and cheese within her daily allowance, and she could still enjoy treats every now and then. 

By June 2018, she had hit her target and lost the whole four stone. She said she “felt amazing!”

Unfortunately, during lockdown, she became a single mum and was at an “all-time low”. She moved back to Pembrokeshire in December 2021 and quickly swapped healthy meals for quick and easy, high-fat processed meals.

Rachel said: “Being stuck in the house with three children during lockdown was hard. 

“As I was working from home with nowhere to go, I found myself mindlessly eating as I was only eating out of boredom. 

“I put almost two stone back on and I was devastated.”

In January 2022, she decided to get into shape again. She joined the local Slimming World group in Johnston. 

Rachel said she had two stone to lose and was determined to return to her target weight. 

She claims she was blown away by the consultant Kelly’s knowledge of the plan and her motivation. 

“She guided me back through the new member talk, reintroduced me to my love of Slimming World and allowed me to fall in love with the plan all over again!” Rachel added. 

“The warm atmosphere and the gentle reminder that the plan can be used for all the family reignited my passion.

“Since January 10, 2022, I have lost one stone and five pounds. I am only two-pounds away from my personal target.”

After talking about Slimming World and the freedom it allows Rachel to have, she joined Slimming World and trained to be a consultant. 

Thanks to her time in the Army, helping those with their physical and mental health, Rachel feels that she would be well suited to helping those achieve their goals. 

She commented: “The training is thorough and covers not only the plan but the psychology of wanting to lose weight. 

“It has totally changed my views on how I shop, cook and eat food, and I hope my drive and motivation will help others to do the same.”

To join Rachel’s Slimming World group, call Rachel on 07391 634033 or visit Milford United Football Club, Marble Hall Road, every Thursday at 5.30pm. 

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