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Volunteers needed for Welsh Hearts charity

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screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-14-28-28REGARDED as the heart charity at the centre of saving lives in Wales, Welsh Hearts is the leading heart charity in Wales for placing defibrillators into communities and CPR and defibrillator training across the country. 

The charity is calling for volunteers across Wales to help them place collection tins and achieve their aim of raising £6,000.

Welsh Hearts are looking for volunteers to devote a mere hour of their time to help raise funds that will go straight to the charity’s Heart Screening Wales campaign.

Since the beginning of the year, the charity has delivered heart screening sessions to those between 12 and 35 years old in towns across Wales.

Each session lasts one day and costs lie in the region of £6,000. A collaboration of West Wales volunteers working together to help raise enough funds for this target would allow the charity to continue the proven, life-saving project in the Dyfed-Powys area.

Mid and West Wales Fundraising Manager, Meinir Lewis, is eager to rally as many volunteers as possible to the cause.

She said: “All we need is an hour of people’s time, or whatever they can spare. It’s a fantastic way to meet new and inspiring people and it would be great if local people can share their thoughts of where best to raise funds and where collection tins would work best in their community, whether it’s at their local restaurant or pub, their village shop or the cinema, so we need them to get in touch with their ideas and donate a little of their spare time for a truly Welsh cause.”

A Heart Screening Wales session in West Wales will be funded by the money raised through the placement of collection tins. Up to 120 hearts can be screened in a single session for those aged 12 to 35. The test is a painless, non-invasive ECG which takes 5-10 minutes and will detect most abnormalities, giving people the chance to manage their condition.

Meinir added: “Twelve young people in the UK die each week from an undiagnosed heart condition, and that’s 12 too many. Our Heart Screening Wales campaign sets out to help protect and promote the heart health of young people here in Wales, early diagnosis is absolutely essential. Many people still associate heart disease and heart attacks with older people; however, this is sadly not the case. But with screening we can make a massive difference and we will save lives.”

To volunteer for the collection box project, please email meinir.Lewis@ welshhearts.org or call 07422 523734. Welsh Hearts will supply you with collection tins and literature. For more information about Wales’ leading heart charity, visit welshhearts.org.

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Man accused of sexually assaulting six-year-old girls

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A FORMER Penparcau man is to stand trial accused of sexually assaulting two six year old girls.

Raymond Albert Wardall, 55, now of Blaenllynant Lodge, Queens Road, Aberystwyth, appeared at Swansea Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Paul Thomas.

Wardall denied a total of eight charges of sexual assault and sexual touching.

He will stand trial on November 27 and was granted bail until then.

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Alerts issued ahead of Storm Brian

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NATURAL RESOURCE WALES (NRW) is warning people that parts of the Welsh coast could see localised flooding as Storm Brian combines with high tides this evening and tomorrow.

The conditions could cause a storm surge, which in some areas could lead to overtopping of sea defences. Current predictions show that the worst affected areas are likely to be along exposed sections of the west coast of Wales from Southern Gwynedd to Llantwit Major.

High tides in these locations are expected to peak between 6am and 11am tomorrow (Oct 21).

NRW has already issued a number of flood alerts for the west coast, and is likely to issue flood warnings for Aberystwyth and Newgale later today. Further alerts or warnings for other areas will be issued as necessary.

24/7 Emergency response workers from NRW will be out at key areas of the coast over the next couple of day to monitor the high tides and condition of its sea flood defences.

NRW has also contacted its partner agencies such as local councils and the emergency services to ensure that appropriate responses are in place should the need arise.

Richard Hancox, from Natural Resources Wales said: “Conditions across the coastline are likely to be extremely dangerous this weekend and we urge people to stay clear, and avoid visiting the coast during this time.

“We know people are tempted to try and take photos of these storms, but it really isn’t worth putting your life at risk. Sea spray and flood water can knock you off your feet easier than you might think, and the large waves can send debris flying onto shore.

“If anyone is concerned about the risk of flooding to their home, please check to see if flood warnings are available in your area, and visit our website for advice on how best to prepare.”

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes.

Information and updates are also available by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188. People can also register for free flood warnings either by calling the Floodline number or at NRW’s website.

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​Major bequests for Aber research ​

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TWO major legacies to support postgraduate research have been announced at Aberystwyth University’s Founders’ Day held in the Old College on October 13.

The University revealed that Eleanor and David James had donated £2m to the institution where they both worked for 35 years, while former student Margaret Wooloff has bequeathed £400,000.

Both bequests will be used to fund postgraduate research at the University, in line with the wishes of the benefactors.

The legacies were announced as part of the University’s now annual Founders’ event, which echoes the celebrations held in the town back in October 1872 when the first students arrived at Old College.

The Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, said: “It is extremely fitting that these very special bequests have been the focal point of this year’s Founders’ Day event. They remind us how the University has been supported since its early beginnings by the generosity of the people of Wales and the wider world.

“Eleanor and David James, and Margaret Wooloff all dedicated their lives to the furtherance of knowledge and their valuable contributions to education in Wales will live on in their legacies. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

The Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Aberystwyth University, Louise Jagger, said: “There is a very strong bond between the University and our family of alumni across the world. Eleanor and David James and Margaret Wooloff were all active members of the Old Students’ Association during their lives and we are immensely grateful to them for their support over the years. Their generous legacies will now enable the scholars of the future to pursue their particular fields of expertise and undertake research with impact, which is integral to our mission as a leading University.”

Members of the local community joined staff and students at the Old College to mark Founders’ Day.

The guest speaker at the event was Ceredigion MP Ben Lake who said: “The story of how Aberystwyth University – or the University College of Wales as it was originally called – is one in which we can all take pride as a nation. Driven by the vision of its founders, the dream of establishing a college with University status in Wales was made possible thanks to the generosity of ordinary people. The roots and foundations of the University reflect our values in Wales and it is vitally important that we commemorate and celebrate this very special heritage.

“May I take this opportunity to congratulate Aberystwyth on being named recently as the University of the Year for Teaching Quality by the Good University Guide – a well deserved accolade which is testament to the dedication of all its staff.”

In July 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that it had earmarked £10.5m for ambitious plans to redevelop Old College in time for the University’s 150th anniversary in 2022.

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