PEOPLE affected by cancer in Ceredigion are now able to access a newly developed Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre based in Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth. The service was officially launched on Wednesday (May 4) by Steve Moore, Hywel Dda University Health Board Chief Executive, and Susan Morris, Head of Services for Macmillan Wales. The service is part of a £3.3m investment made in the health board over the last five years to support posts and projects, and £500,000 specifically for information and support services.
The service will include Macmillan information and support centres and co-ordinators in all four hospitals across Hywel Dda. Susan Morris Macmillan Wales Head of Services said: “There are 3,160 people in Ceredigion living with and beyond cancer and 465 people are diagnosed each year. This means they need more than medical help, they also need practical, emotional and financial support, which the Macmillan Information and Support Centre can provide. “People affected by cancer can be overwhelmed by the amount of information about their diagnosis and treatment. The service will make sure that anyone affected by cancer can access the right information and support.
“Our centre not only provides good quality information for people affected by cancer, but Gwynneth and Ingrid offer face-to-face support as well as helping people find other services, including welfare benefits advice.” Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “We are extremely proud to mark the opening of this information centre in Bronglais Hospital which will provide local people with additional support when they need it most. “I’m delighted we have been able to work with our partner, Macmillan, to provide this valuable service closer to home for our patients.”
Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Co-ordinators Gwynneth Shiers and Ingrid Evans said: “Based in a rural area of Wales, we are passionate about getting information out to as many people as possible, using GP surgeries, informal presentations and word of mouth. “Being in a designated area is a huge asset and sometimes people passing will just pop in. Some of the comments we have had include: ’It’s so nice to have someone to talk to, thank you, I feel better already;’ and ‘I wish I’d known about this service sooner.’
“The Macmillan recipe book is also proving very popular.” Macmillan Cancer Support has fully funded the Information and Support Centre in partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board. The centre is based by the purple entrance of the hospital and offers: • Information on a variety of cancer types; • Financial, practical, physical and emotional support; • Confidential advice for patients, families and carers, and also to healthcare professionals. Macmillan can only fund services such as these thanks to the generosity of the public.
Penrhyn-coch Brownies compose song
PENRHYN-COCH Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion.
Following a series of workshops with the young singer, Mari Mathias from Talgarreg, the girls decided to compose a song. ‘Yn yr Haf’ was recorded with the girls singing and Mari on the guitar. All the group members received a copy of the song on CD.
Rhodri Francis, Cered’s Development Officer said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the group and we congratulate members on their masterpiece. Thanks also to the leaders for their enthusiasm in securing opportunities for the members to socialise in Welsh outside of school hours.”
Cered’s main aim is to support, influence and develop the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion through partnership and co-operation, to establish the best possible foundation for the development of the language in the society and community.
Wendy Reynolds, leader of the Brownies unit in Penrhyn-coch said: “The experience has been amazing for the girls and they’ve had a lot of fun doing activities through the medium of Welsh.”
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Theatre caravan coming to Aberystwyth
THE SMALLEST cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.
Staff from Ceredigion Museum, together with the Friends of Ceredigion Museum, will be hosting a series of free entertaining events in and around the theatre caravan on July 28, August 4, and August 11 between 12pm and 4pm.
Sarah Morton, the Events Organiser for Ceredigion Museum said, “We have a series of short local films from the National Film and Screen Archive which links to our summer exhibition relating to the seaside at the museum, in the old Coliseum Theatre. The two minute films show people on the beach and promenade in Aberystwyth as well as Y Borth. We will also have singing from the Showtime Singers to add to the entertainment.
“We will be situated in and near the bandstand and hope to be able to bring some of the traditions of a typical coastal break back to life.”
Besides the theatre caravan, there will be a Guess-the-Object held in the bandstand with museum staff to aid in identifying the mystery objects.
For more details about the caravan and the entertainment, contact Sarah Morton at Ceredigion Museum on 01970 633088
Surprise presentation for retiring cook
AFTER feeding hundreds of children in her role as cook at Ysgol Eglwyswrw for the past 40 years, Mrs Anona Williams is finally hanging up her apron. But there was a shock in store for Mrs Williams when she arrived at the school for one of her last days at work on Tuesday (Jul 17).
Cameras from the S4C magazine programme, Heno, were present to capture her receiving a special award from music conductor and presenter, Alwyn Humphreys.
She started at her post in 1978 and during that time has fed three generations including her own niece and nephew and great-niece and great-nephew.
Headteacher, Edryd Eynon, said Mrs Williams would be sadly missed.
“We will miss her delicious meals and her caring nature,” he said.
“She spoils all the children and is like a grandmother to them. Her contribution to the school is priceless.
“She ran the breakfast and the Cook It clubs and ensured all pupils had an exciting experiences working with food and preparing many delicious recipes.
“Every sports day she would prepare and donate coffee, tea and her famous scones and all the money she raised would be given to school funds. She did this for 40 years.
“Mrs Williams will be sadly missed at Ysgol Eglwyswrw not only for her delicious food – especially her pizza and coleslaw – but also for her caring and loving character. We wish her all the best for the future.”
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