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Free meals for those struggling in the community

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HASTY BITE will be providing free meals at the St Govan’s Centre in Pembroke Dock between 9:45 and 2pm Monday to Fridays

Manager Carl Williams said: “We have worked with Pembrokeshire Care Society to make this project a reality. We will be, from this week, providing help to 25-30 people a day/ We are providing hot meals including full breakfasts and shepherd’s pie. Its basically warm food to fill people’s bellies.

“Soup, casserole, quiche and scampi will also be on the menu.”

Mr Williams added: “It’s about helping people to socialise and getting them out of their homes when they are struggling. A problem shared is a problem halved.

“People can call in to order food, and the service works on a trust basis – there is no need for a referral.

“People can use our service rather than deciding whether to eat or heat their homes – we are here to help.”

The project has been supported by the Pembrokeshire County Council’s Food Poverty Grant.

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Bereavement charity 2wish named Valero Charity of the Year

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A CHARITY that provides a professional service for those affected by the sudden and traumatic death of a child or young adult has been chosen as the Valero Pembroke Refinery Charity of the year.
Following a site wide vote, bereavement charity 2wish will join forces with the refinery’s workforce to raise funds for the group.

Set up in 2012 by Rhian Burke following the death of her infant son George and husband Paul, the charity has grown to provide support for families across Wales following the death of a loved one.
Since its inception they have supported over 5,000 individuals, worked with South Wales Police to better equip officers when supporting families, NHS Wales and to reassure donor families that they are not alone when dealing with their grief.

Ambassadors for the charity include Coldplay drummer Will Champion, TV Presenter Nick Knowles and renowned actor Michael Sheen.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership recently, Vice President and General Manager of the refinery Mark Phair praised the charity for their work.

“After listening to Rhian’s story and the origins of the charity it makes you take stock and think about how you would react if a death of an infant or young adult occurred in your family.

“The work 2Wish are doing is inspirational and I’m delighted to be able to name them as our charity of the year for 2023 and we are all looking forward to working with them for the year ahead.”

The charity’s founder and Chief Executive Rhian Manning said: “If it wasn’t for people like those working at Valero, supporting 2wish by both raising much needed funds and awareness for the charity, we couldn’t help the families here in Wales.

“We are over the moon to be working with everyone at Valero and are excited about the next 12 months.

“Being from Pembrokeshire, it’s great to be working with such a wonderful organisation where many people will now learn about our charity.

“Thank you to everyone who voted us!”

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Family charity appeal for people to volunteer and help families living across Pembrokeshire

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A WELSH-based family support charity is looking for home-visiting volunteers to join their team in order to help more families with young children living in Pembrokeshire.

Home-Start Cymru works within 18 local authorities like Pembrokeshire to train and match volunteers with families to support them through challenging times.

The trained volunteer visits the family every week for two to three hours providing compassionate, confidential and non-judgemental support in the family’s home.

The families supported may be dealing with issues such as financial worries, bereavement, postnatal depression, isolation, coping with twins, domestic abuse or helping out with a parent or child with disabilities.

Bethan Webber, Chief Executive at Home-Start Cymru, said: “We need more volunteers so we can support more families living in Pembrokeshire.”

“Being a parent has never been easy. It can be lonely, frustrating and overwhelming. Life-changing events can happen to anyone. That is why Home-Start Cymru is ready to stand alongside families when they need us most.”

If you are interested in helping the charity look out for families in the area, you can register your interest online at https://homestartcymru.org.uk/volunteer or email the following address info@homestartcymru.org.uk.

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Everyone is welcome at the Race for Life Pembrokeshire

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PEOPLE are being invited to kick start the New Year by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Pembrokeshire.   

The charity’s much-loved events are returning to the city and anyone who joins this January can claim 50 per cent off the entry fee as part of the half-price sale, by using the code RFL23NY*. This is the 30th year of Race for Life and participants will receive a special medal to mark the milestone.

Every year around 19,600 people are diagnosed with cancer in Wales**. Money raised at Race for Life enables scientists to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer – helping to save more lives.

The Pembrokeshire Race for Life event takes place at Oakwood Theme Park on 24 June. Women, men and children of all abilities can take part and walk, jog or run 5k in the popular attraction.

Cancer Research UK Race for Life, in partnership with Standard Life, is the UK’s largest charity mass participation event. Since it began in 1994, around 10 million people have taken part, raising more than £920 million to help fund cutting-edge research into cancer.

Emma Howell, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson in Wales, said: “January is the perfect time to commit to getting a little more active.

“We’d love for as many people as possible in Pembrokeshire to join us during our 30th year of Race for Life. Race for Life is a powerful way to celebrate and remember loved ones affected by cancer and to raise money for pioneering research.

“Whether people are living with cancer, taking part in honour of or in memory of a loved one with cancer or signing up to protect their own children’s future, everyone has a reason to Race for Life.

“Sadly 1 in 2 of us will get cancer in our lifetime*** but support through events like Race for Life funds ground-breaking work to see more people surviving cancer.

“For some, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. Slow and steady still wins. For others, it’s a jog. Others may opt to push themselves harder and take part in the 10K distance. But what is for certain is we’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Standard Life, raises funds for world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer – including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.  

Andy Curran, Chief Executive of Standard Life, said: “We are extremely proud to have been chosen as the headline sponsor of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

“This sponsorship will help encourage participation and raise funds for life-saving research to help beat cancer.”

 To enter, visit raceforlife.org

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