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Welsh Hearts present defibrillator to caravan park

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(L-R): Maes Glas Caravan Park owner Tim Hill, local County Councillor Gwyn James, Christopher Hill and daughter Katy, and Meinir Lewis from Welsh Hearts

(L-R): Maes Glas Caravan Park owner Tim Hill, local County Councillor Gwyn James, Christopher Hill and daughter Katy, and Meinir Lewis from Welsh Hearts

MAES GLAS Caravan Park in Sarnau has become the latest holiday park in Ceredigion to have a life-saving defibrillator on site.

Welsh Hearts Calonnau Cymru were pleased to have been able to support Tim and his family, who run the caravan park, in acquiring a defibrillator.

The life-saving equipment will be kept in a cabinet on the roadside exterior wall to the shop of the caravan park, meaning not only can the visitors of the park feel safe in the knowledge that a defibrillator is on-site, but the wider community can too.

Christopher Hill, the son of the caravan park owner Tim, is largely to thank for the defibrillator. In May, Chris took on the Aberystwyth Sportive Cycle Challenge – a 46 mile route raising funds through sponsorship.

Meinir Lewis, Fundraising Manager for Mid and West Wales, said: “Welsh Hearts are thrilled to have placed a defibrillator at Maes Glas Caravan Park. We’re so thankful to Chris, Tim and all family and friends who supported the venture of getting a defibrillator on site! The defibrillator is situated on a busy roadside so it’s a perfect spot for it to be kept.”

Welsh Hearts will also be providing CPR and defibrillator training to anyone in the area who wish to learn. The training will be held at Sarnau Village Hall on September 15 at 6.45pm. Tim Hill said: “The training is open to everyone in the wider community and is completely free. We hope that lots of people will come and learn.”

Founded in 2013 by Sharon Owen, Welsh Hearts is saving lives across Wales. Recently, it has been focusing on placing defibrillators in communities and schools through-out Wales and holding free CPR training sessions to the public.

Welsh Hearts have trained over 12,500 people in CPR and have placed 427 defibrillators across communities in Wales. The aim of this is to drastically improve the chances of those that have cardiac arrests outside of hospital, where the first few minutes are absolutely crucial in saving their lives.

Welsh Hearts would be pleased to support other caravan and holiday parks with acquiring a defibrillator. If you’d like further information, contact Meinir Lewis on 07422 523734 or Meinir.lewis@welshhearts.org.

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Christmas gift fair returns

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Last year at the Food Fair: The annual Christmas celebrations return this year

NEXT Friday (Oct 20), the annual craft and gifts extravaganza will return to Aberystwyth Arts Centre to get the locals in the mood for Christmas.

The Winter Craft & Gift Fair is sure to get visitors feeling festive in the run up to Christmas with over 80 stalls selling a wonderful array of crafts and gifts, many produced by local makers from Ceredigion and mid Wales.

This year will feature many regular stalls, as well as some who will be selling at the fair for the first time, so prepare to discover the unusual and unexpected at this year’s fair with it’s new layout and products for 2017.

The fair will be open from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5.30pm on Sundays all the way up until December 23.

On Saturday​,​ ​November ​​25, ​the Arts Centre’s Christmas Food Fair will take over the Great Hall for the day. There will be the very best of Welsh produce with cheese, meats, fish, wine, cider, pastries, puddings, jams and much, much more from many local producers. The Food Fair is the perfect place to stock up on a few gastronomic goodies in the run up to Christmas. There will also be live musical entertainment to get you in the Christmassy mood! The fair will be on 10am-4pm and entry is free!

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‘​I​t’s ok to say’

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FUW raise awareness: Urging people to 'say' on World Mental Health Day​

​ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, farmers across Wales are being reminded that ‘it’s ok to say’ and the Farmers’ Union of Wales is urging them not to hide problems from themselves, their families and friends and to talk about their personal feelings.

The FUW made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July to continue raising awareness of mental health problems in rural communities and is therefore renewing the call for those who might be suffering from mental health problems to seek help.

“The focus of this year’s World Mental Health day is on mental health in the workplace and farms are just that. In our places of work we’ve faced some pretty low-points in the last few years. Bovine TB, price volatility and uncertainty about our future post-Brexit, this all puts a strain on our resolve and will have many feeling stressed and under immense pressure,” said Union President Glyn Roberts​.​

“But we must break the stigma attached to mental health, so if you’re feeling vulnerable, please open-up and speak to someone. That doesn’t just mean today, but always. Farmers and farming families need to continue talking openly about what they are experiencing and the FUW strongly encourages anyone who is worried about their own mental health or a loved-one, to seek help from the Farming Community Network, Tir Dewi, The DPJ Foundation, Mind Cymru or Call Helpline Wales,” added Glyn Roberts.

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Scholarship scheme funds student’s Masters

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One of the chosen few: Stella Foster (Pic. Mark Woodward)

A TALYBONT native is one of just 28 people in the UK to be awarded a scholarship granted by energy company ScottishPower.

Stella Foster, 32, gratefully received the grant from the Scottish Power Foundation for the 2017/18 academic year.

Having just completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of York, Stella will begin her Masters in Environmental Sciences this week at the University of East Anglia. Environmental science degrees integrate biology, physical science and information sciences to examine environmental systems (air, water, etc.) and how they interact.

The sought-after scholarship covers full enrolment costs as well as a living allowance. On top of this, the scholars will receive unique opportunities including meeting leading industry professionals.

“Travelling around the world and living in China before I started my undergraduate studies made me aware of the astounding change of pace in urbanisation; the two-hour bus ride from where I lived to Shanghai, there wasn’t a moment where you couldn’t see a construction site,” Stella said.

“This fast and dramatic development creates issues with the environment, and I’m really excited to learn about the creative and fascinating solutions out there, and hopefully come up with some of my own,” she added.

Since it was launched in 2010, the ScottishPower Foundation scholarships programme has provided £1.5m in grants towards training the next generation in their chosen field.

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