THE MOTHER of a Welsh international rugby player was announced as a Street Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Sunday (Jan 20).
Jane Turnbull-O’Connor, 53, of Rhos, near Llandysul, landed a bumper cash bonus of £30,000. Complementary therapist Jane, who has four children and whose eldest son is the Cardiff Blues rugby player Josh Turnbull, was ecstatic when she received the knock on her door from the People’s Postcode Lottery team.
She said: “This is just mind boggling and will make such a huge difference to my life. I’ve only been playing since December, so never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen!
“My husband Felix and I have not had a holiday since 2015 so I think that’s definitely on the cards. One of my sons is currently living in New Zealand and this win means I can go and visit him, something which would never have been possible before. I’ve also got a sister who lives in America and I haven’t been to see her in 15 years because I’ve never had the money to go, but I do now!
“I think I might also treat myself to a new car, get some alterations done to the house and put some away for a rainy day too. It just opens up the door to all sorts of possibilities and opportunities.”
The win has come at the end of a great week for Jane and her family, as they have also been celebrating the fact that Josh was named in the Welsh Six Nations squad. Born in Haverfordwest, Josh spent seven years at the Scarlets before moving to the Blues.
Jane commented: “This week will go down in history for me – I’m on cloud nine at the moment and just can’t stop grinning. I last seen Josh play in 2012, so now I might be able to travel and catch him in some of the Six Nations games.”
As a supporter of charities, Jane loves that she’s helping good causes by playing People’s Postcode Lottery. She said: “When I saw the list of all the charities that receive funding I thought I’ve got to give it a go because what have I got to lose? I’m chuffed to bits I joined and will be recommending it to everyone!”
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Matt Johnson was in Rhos to present Jane with her prize.
He said: “It’s great to be back home in Wales delivering some lovely news to our wonderful winner Jane and her family. As a rugby fan, I’m hoping that some of Jane’s luck rubs off on Josh and the rest of the Welsh team in this year’s Six Nations!”
With a minimum of 32% from every ticket going to charity, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have now raised £382 million for over 5,500 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.
Cymdeithas Ty Tawe is just one of many charities close to the winner that has received support from players. In 2018, the charity was awarded £19,983 to run an inter-generational Welsh language project that aims to reduce isolation in older people by running activities where they can share their Welsh language skills with young children.
For more information, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk.
Ceredigion hometown heroes & lockdown legends sought for 2020 National Lottery Awards
THE National Lottery is searching for your ‘hometown hero’ or ‘lockdown legend’ as part of the 2020 National Lottery Awards.
This year the annual search for the UK’s most popular National Lottery funded projects will, for the first time, honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community, especially those who have adapted during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
New figures reveal more than £2.8 million of National Lottery funding has been invested in good causes in Ceredigion in 2018/19 alone.
A total of 108 National Lottery grants were awarded in the region during the previous financial year, providing vital support to arts, sports, heritage and community projects.
From today, The National Lottery are calling for nominations of people who have done amazing things with the help of National Lottery funding and are an inspiration to us all.
Winners in each category will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.
Jonathan Tuchner from The National Lottery is encouraging the people of Ceredigion to make their nominations.
He said: “The National Lottery continues to have a positive impact on life across the UK. Thanks to National Lottery players thousands of projects are making an incredible difference to their local communities.
Now, more than ever, people have rallied together, and individuals are performing inspirational acts and extraordinary endeavours to help in cities, towns and villages up and down the country.
Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support communities throughout the UK amid the coronavirus crisis. People have used National Lottery funding in amazing ways during these challenging times. We want to honour them as part of this year’s National Lottery Awards and recognise their selfless dedication and thank them for their fantastic work.”
Encompassing all aspects of National Lottery good causes funding, the 2020 National Lottery Awards are seeking to recognise outstanding individuals in the following sectors:
Community / Charity
And there will be a special Young Hero Award for someone under the age of 18 who has gone that extra mile in their organisation. All nominees must work or act for a National Lottery funded organisation or have received National Lottery funding.
To make your nomination for this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or complete an entry form through our website www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards . Entries must be received by midnight on 19th August 2020.
Chancellors economic update includes VAT cut for hospitality sector, and customer discounts
The Chancellor had set out his coronavirus recovery package today.
Rishi Sunak set out the measures in his summer economic update in the House of Commons on Wednesday (Jun 8), as he faces pressure to assist those who are most vulnerable to the financial crisis.
The Chancellor said he will cut VAT from 20% to 5% for food if people eat out to help those businesses which he said had been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The chancellor announced discount to encourage people to eat out in August.
He says restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels as well as other attractions will be able to claim the money back within five days. It had been reported he was considering giving all UK adults a £500 voucher to spent with companies hit by coronavirus, but the Chancellor has decided not to go ahead with that proposal.
Instead Sunak announced a discount worth up to £10 per head for eating out in August. He said his final measure has never been tried in this country. It is an “eat out to help out scheme”, offering customers as discount worth up to £10 per head when they eat out from Monday to Wednesday in August.
Speaking in the Commons today, he said: “Our plan has clear goals, to protect, support and retain jobs.”
Regards furlough scheme, he said it must wind down, adding: “flexibly and gradually supporting people through to October” but that he is introducing a bonus for employers who bring staff back from furlough.
Employers who bring someone back from furlough and employ them through to January, paying them a minimum of £520 a month, will receive a £1,000 bonus.
He says that “in total we have provided £49bn to support public services since the pandemic began”.
He added: “No nationalist can ignore that this help has only been possible because we are a United Kingdom.”
Mr Sunak says the UK economy has already shrunk by 25% – the same amount it grew in the previous 18 years.
He also announced:
A £2bn kickstart scheme paying employers to take on unemployed 16 to 24 year olds for a minimum of 25 hours a week – he says the Treasury will pay those wages for six months plus a sum for overheads. He says there is no cap. This will apply in England and Wales.
VAT on food from restaurants, cafes, pubs and hotels will be cut until January 12 from 20% to 5%
Funding for apprenticeships and traineeships in England, there will be a separate announcement for Wales.
£1bn for the DWP to support millions of people back to work through Job Centres. A £2bn green homes grant in England to cover two thirds of the cost, up to £5,000, for energy efficient home improvements. Again the Welsh Government will have their own proposals on this given time.
A temporary cut to stamp duty in England and Northern Ireland.
Safe zones in Ceredigion town centres
Plans are being put into place to create safe zones for pedestrians in Ceredigion town centres.
Most of the county’s towns have a historic street layout with narrow footways and traffic running through them so as businesses re-open and visitors return to these areas there is insufficient space for people to keep a safe distance from one another.
Our towns will look different to how they did a few months ago but changes will mean businesses can re-open safely whilst also ensuring residents’ and visitors’ health and safety can be maintained.
The plans being developed by council officers include closing off roads to traffic during the day to create more space for shoppers to walk safely, particularly as large numbers of tourists and students return to the county. It’s also aimed at helping businesses too by creating more outdoor space for retailers and the hospitality sector to trade. It is important that the Council acts quickly to put arrangements in place as quickly as possible and these initial arrangements will be continually reviewed.
To do this, spaces for traders will be re-defined, some roads will be closed to traffic, pavements will be de-cluttered by removing street furniture (and other items), visitors will be asked to park away from the town centres for free and signage will be introduced to help visitors maintain safe distances.
These changes will protect the community and people’s health whilst ensuring businesses can still trade.
Further information on the safe zones will follow.
Keep Ceredigion safe.
Information related to the Coronavirus can be found on the Council’s website, www.ceredigion.gov.uk/Coronavirus
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