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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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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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