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THE WINNERS of Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Best of Health staff awards have been announced at a ceremony at Parc y Scarlets.nhs

Held annually, the Best of Health awards recognise and reward the extraordinary achievements of Hywel Dda’s staff and volunteers, many of whom often go beyond the call of duty in their work for the benefit of patients and service users.

This year’s winners were chosen from over 100 entries from across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire and out of the twenty seven entries selected as finalists the ten winners of the Best of Health Awards 2014 are:

Improving the Patient Experience

Sister Lisa Marshall, Withybush Hospital

Improving Health and Wellbeing (sponsored by Health Shield Friendly Society Ltd)

Carmarthenshire Integrated Evidence Based Exercise Continuum for Frail Older Adults

Joint Working with the Third Sector and Partner Organisations

Carmarthenshire Heart Failure Service

Engaging with People

CreARTivity: The Art of Science and Wellbeing

Making a Difference Through Better Use of Resources

Physiotherapy Independent Prescribing in Spasticity Management

Outstanding Leader

Sharon Evans, Senior Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control

Providing Bilingual Healthcare

Getting the Lowdown Wales

Unsung Hero

Sandra Davies, Bryngolau Ward, Prince Philip Hospital

Volunteer of The Year

Rob Griffiths, Volunteer with the Education Programme for Patients

Chief Executive’s Award for Overall Best Entry

Physiotherapy Independent Prescribing in Spasticity Management

Commenting on his first Best of Health awards, Chief Executive Steve Moore said: “It has been a privilege to be a part of these awards and to recognise the extraordinary commitment of our staff and volunteers in providing the best care possible to those who really matter… our patients.

“I was particularly proud to present the year’s overall winner award to Gary Morris for Physiotherapy Independent Prescribing in Spasticity Management (pictured), and I congratulate all our finalists as well as those who were nominated. Well done to you all”.

The Best of Health award were made possible once again this year at no cost to the University Health Board due to the generosity and support of Health Shield and many local businesses.

The Best of Health Awards coordinator Fiona Hancock said: “On behalf of Hywel Dda I’d like to thank all organisations and local businesses who have once again made it possible for us to recognise and reward our fantastic staff and volunteers with a wonderful ceremony at Parc Y Scarlets.

The sponsors were Health Shield Friendly Society Ltd, Edmunds Webster Ltd and Riverlea. Raffle donations were received from Let’s Connect, the Blue Lagoon Waterpark, Machynys Golf Club Llanelli, Morgan & Morgan Office Group, Parc y Scarlets, Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Artist Helen Elliott, The Lost Coins (Haverfordwest), Stradey Park Hotel, Wickedly Welsh Chocolate, and Gravell’s Motor Group.

Chief Executive of Health Shield Jonathan Burton said: ““It has been an honour to have sponsored the Hywel Dda Best of Health Staff Awards for the second year running and seeing what a tremendous job everyone does within the NHS and specifically in Hywel Dda University Health Board.

“It is such an achievement to even be nominated for an award and, on behalf of all of us at Health Shield, I would like to extend my congratulations to all those who were shortlisted and especially this year’s winners.”

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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Charity games raise over £2000

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Team Tesco: Raised over £2000 through three football games

NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.

Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.

The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.

Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.

Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.

In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.

Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.

Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.

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