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300 Mile Challenge Cyclists Welcomed to Haverfordwest

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A GROUP of well—wishers from Pembrokeshire formed a guard of honour at The Druidstone Hotel, Haverfordwest, to welcome-in ten cyclists on a 300-mile challenge, riding from Welwyn to Wales which was organised memory of a much-loved father who had passed away in the county ten years ago.

Members of the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven branch and Narberth volunteers representing the British Heart Foundation were joined by family and friends of Angus Archer, 35, whose father Jeff died from a heart attack in 2011. Jeff, who was 58 when he died, had been on holiday at the hotel with his wife.

Angus said: “When Dad went on holiday, he seemed absolutely fine. But he woke up one morning with chest pains and feeling sick. Mum called me to say Dad was very ill and had been taken to hospital. Thirty minutes later I got another phone call to say he’d passed away. I remember feeling utterly shocked. It was so unexpected. There hadn’t been any sign that this might happen.

“Making this journey now was very emotional. We arrived at the Druidstone Hotel ten years to the day after my father’s death. It’s a place that holds lots of memories for me and my family. It was where Dad proposed to my mum, and it was where they had their honeymoon. My sister got married there and I’ve stayed there on countless family holidays.

“I don’t pretend to be the fittest person. So, for me, completing this ride was a mission. But it was good to spend time with my friends and to raise money and awareness for some important charities.”

So far, Angus and his friends have raised over £17,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Cots For Tots – a charity supporting the neonatal care unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol.

The group have set up their own charitable organisation called Mitis Covey to raise money for causes important to them. Since being founded in 2019 they have helped to raise over £25,000 for different organisations.

Jayne Lewis, Fundraising Manager for the BHF, said: “It was wonderful to meet the team in person as they completed their epic journey. We are delighted to be able to welcome the group to Wales and show our appreciation for their monumental effort in memory of a much-loved husband, father and friend. It was a very emotional day and we were proud to be able to thank Jeff’s loved ones in person for supporting our charity in his memory.

“I would like to congratulate the whole team for their phenomenal fundraising efforts. The BHF will be using the money that it receives from this cycle ride to power our life-saving research. I would also like to thank the BHF Haverfordwest & Milford Haven branch and also volunteers from Narberth who came to support in welcoming the team as they made their way across the finish line.

“It’s only by equipping scientists to carry out their work that we can find new ways to prevent, treat and cure heart and circulatory disease.”

Heart and circulatory diseases cause more than 160,000 deaths each year in the UK. Around twice as many people are living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK than with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease combined. The BHF is the UK’s biggest independent funder of heart and circulatory disease research in the UK.

There’s still time to support the group’s fundraising efforts at https://www.mitiscovey.com/news-welwyn-to-wales-2021-7

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Multi agency response to 999 calls of person in water in Fishguard Bay

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THERE was a dramatic rescue of a casualty who had fallen into the water in Fishguard Bay on Thursday (May 26).

The lunchtime incident was dealt with by a multitude of emergency services. The local coastguard team in Fishguard was called out and assisted the RNLI, and two helicopter crews – one from the Wales Air Ambulance and the other Rescue 187.

Casualty is rescued from water in Fishguard Bay by emergency services (Pics HM Coastguard)

The HM Coastguard said: “Our team in Fishguard were paged along with HM Coastguard Moylegrove and RNLI Fishguard and Goodwick Lifeboat to a casualty in the water in Fishguard Bay.

“The casualty was recovered by the lifeboat and transported back to the boathouse to be met by coastguard team who had set up landing sites, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 and The Wales Air Ambulance, which transported the casualty to hospital.

Rescue 187 about to land (Pic HM Coastguard)
Wales Air Ambulance arriving in Goodwick (Pic HM Coastguard)
Fishguard Lifeboat was involved in the rescue (Pic HM Coastguard)

Pictures from HM Coastguard social media.

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Pembroksehire County Council Leader Cllr David Simpsonconfirms new Cabinet

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Leader Councillor David Simpson has now completed the selection of his new Cabinet.
Cllr Simpson was re-elected as Leader at the Annual General Meeting yesterday and appointed Councillor Paul Miller as the Deputy leader.
Today, Cllr Simpson has confirmed the remaining Cabinet appointments.

The Cabinet in full is:

Cllr David Simpson: Leader

Cllr Paul Miller: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Place, the Region and Climate Change

Cllr Guy Woodham: Cabinet Member for Education and Welsh Language

Cllr Jon Harvey: Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery

Cllr Michelle Bateman: Cabinet Member for Housing Operations and Regulatory Services

Cllr Neil Prior: Cabinet Member for Corporate Improvements and Communities

Cllr Tessa Hodgson: Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding

Cllr Alec Cormack: Cabinet Member for Corporate Finance

Cllr Rhys Sinnett: Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services and Leisure

Cllr Simpson said: “It is a pleasure to welcome returning Cabinet Members who know their portfolios so well. I am delighted that their knowledge and good working relationships within the Council and with external partners is continuing.
“I am looking forward to hearing the fresh input and new ideas that Councillors Cormack and Sinnett bring to the Cabinet.
“The Cabinet is keen to work with all Councillors to help improve people’s lives in Pembrokeshire.
“Our aim is to continue taking Pembrokeshire and Pembrokeshire County Council forward.”

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Family highlights suffering caused by air guns after spate of shootings in West Wales

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PEOPLE who indiscriminately target animals with air guns are being urged to think about the devastating consequences of their actions following the shooting of three cats – two of whom did not survive – in Pembrokeshire.

Jemima, a two-year-old tabby cat, may never fully regain her mobility after she was targeted near her home in the Plas y Fron area of Fishguard on 6 May. The pellet, which entered just below her neck, came to rest between her shoulder blades and just milimetres from her spine – and has been deemed too risky to remove.

Another female cat was also shot the previous evening (5 May) in a neighbouring street, Dan y Bryn, and taken to a vet, where an x-ray revealed she had been shot twice with an air gun. She sustained a broken leg – which had to be amputated – and a shattered shoulder. Despite making good progress initially, she took a turn for the worst and sadly had to be put to sleep a few days later.

A third incident occurred seven miles away in Newport at the beginning of the month, with a vet confirming that a cat’s fatal injuries had been caused by an air gun.

The RSPCA, which last year received 454 calls about animals being shot, injured or killed with air guns, is appealing for information about the incidents.

Jemima’s owners, who initially thought she had fallen or been run over, say they are cautiously optimistic that she is now out of immediate danger, although her long-term prognosis remains guarded.

They said: “When we found Jemima, she was unable to walk, and had no use in her hind legs. We are incredibly lucky that the projectile did not strike any vital organs or any blood vessels, however it seems that the swelling caused by the impact of the fragments might be affecting the nerves to her legs.

“She is making a slow recovery at home and with treatment has started to gain the use of her legs, albeit slowly. She’s now able to move around more independently, walking with a pronounced limp, and we see improvements in her mobility every day.

“She has always been a very active cat who enjoyed being outside but her life has now changed completely. She can’t go out and doesn’t understand why she can no longer jump up or run around like she used to.

“People aren’t aware of the damage airguns can do to animals and perhaps if they did, they would think twice. They need to realise there are lasting consequences to their throwaway actions, not just on pets, but for the people who care for them. Jemima survived by a matter of milimetres but we don’t know whether she will ever fully walk again and whether her current condition is the best we can hope for.

“We’re shocked and horrified that somebody living near our house has willfully inflicted this cruelty on our family pet, and we are very concerned about reports of other occurrences like this in our area. We hope that our community will remain vigilant, and that any further incidents are reported to both the police and the RSPCA.”

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben is urging people to come forward with information about the attacks and to report suspicious behaviour to the animal welfare charity.

He said: “Jemima was extremely lucky to survive this callous shooting and I sincerely hope she continues to make positive progress in the weeks and months ahead.”

“Sadly we tend to see a rise in these mindless attacks when the weather warms up and people are spending more time outside. We also saw a significant number of cases during the national lockdown months.

“The RSPCA continues to call for stricter regulations around owning an airgun in both England and Wales. Better education, basic safety training for owners and a thorough explanation of the law – including our legal obligations towards animals – could help protect countless animals from these horrible attacks in the future.”

Anyone with information about the shootings in Pembrokeshire should call the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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