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Ready to go: David Maund

MONEY. How do I get some?

There’s the question for you.

You want to raise money for a good cause.

You have decided to take part in or to organise a sponsored event, so that visible actions can encourage others to donate money.

What better idea then, than to subject yourself to the torture of running up steep inclines, along narrow cliff-side paths above rocky shores, and pounding along shingle beaches until your feet are battered, bruised, and blistered; sweat blinds your eyes; and a succession of midges and mosquitos have decided that you look particularly juicy and tasty.

And yet the challenge that many have taken up this year is the one of a sponsored walk to traverse the sixty-odd miles of Ceredigion’s coast path from Cardigan in the south to Ynyslas in the north.

So far this year a number of challengers have taken on the feat and, while not all have succeeded in making the whole journey inside 24 hours, those that have completed the journey have all discovered that a short wiggly line on a flat piece of paper is considerably more than that when translated into geography.

On June 21, Claire Tregear, a midwife at Hywel Dda UHB, took on the challenge. After 60 miles on the hottest day of the year, where temperatures topped 32 Celsius, Claire made it to Ynyslas to leave Marie Curie Cancer care over £2,600 better off.

Over the next couple of weekends yet more intrepid fundraisers will be putting their best feet forward and marching north to Borth and beyond.

This weekend, July 8-9. Five workmates from First Milk in Haverfordwest will brave the coastal path’s perils and ponies to raise money for a variety of good causes.

Alexander Keattch, Sion Roberts, Ken Campion, Dean O’Keefe, and Andrew Morrillo are walking for different charities. Alex, aged 31, is taking on the hike for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide; Sion walks for LATCH, the Welsh children’s cancer charity; Dean and Ken are both tackling the route for the Motor Neuron Disease Association; Andrew is walking for paediatric physiotherapy at Withybush and RDA Pembrokeshire.

And they will not be alone on their travels along the thin thread connecting north to south along the coastline.

Five other friends, this time from Ceredigion, will also be taking on the coastal challenge.

Builders merchants manager Mathew Morgan, teacher William Bowen, builder Gareth Owen, solicitor Alan Lewis and care director Neil Griffiths will be raising funds for Cardigan Cancer Care, Cardigan Swimming Pool and the local branch of the RNLI.

On July 15, David Maund will be going uphill and down dale to raise money for the Breast Care Unit, Llanelli, Aberaeron Swimming Pool, Swim Narberth and Newcastle Emlyn Swimming Pool.

To all of those taking part, The Herald wishes the best of luck and that there is cold and refreshing beverage waiting at the other end.

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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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