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FFIT Cymru leaders lose almost 12 stone and transform health outlook in seven weeks

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THE FIVE leaders from S4C’s FFIT Cymru are celebrating a total weight loss of an incredible 11 stone 10.5 lbs between them – and an amazing 125.3 inches from their bodies – after successfully completing a gruelling health and fitness regime over the last seven weeks.

Viewers were gripped as Emlyn Bailey from Blaenau Ffestiniog, Annaly Jones from Carmarthen, Matthew Jones from Aberystwyth, Mared Fôn Owen from Bodedern and David Roberts from Caerphilly overhauled their daily routines to shed the pounds, increase fitness, improve their health and transform their lives.

The series came full circle, with the leaders’ staggering results revealed to them as they took to the scales, and underwent a health assessment, in the finale, at Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences.

The five leaders have been expertly supported in their journey by personal trainer Rae Carpenter, dietician Sioned Quirke and psychologist Dr Ioan Rees, with each of their individual detailed plans available online for viewers to follow.

Rae Carpenter said: “After the medical results at the beginning of the series, the reasons our five had applied to be part of FFIT Cymru this year had changed. We revealed a risk of a stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes, high lung ages and very poor fitness levels… and more.

“Having watched our last programme, you will see that following fitness plans, eating healthily and changing mentality will have helped our five to overcome these problems. Some might even say that taking part in FFIT Cymru saved and transformed their whole lives.

“And hopefully they’ve learned from us, the three experts, what they need to do to continue on their journey and to prove that it’s good to live life.”

Matthew Jones, Aberystwyth:

30-year old Matthew admitted as the series began that he was “uncomfortable” in his own skin. Obesity, cancer and diabetes runs in his family. He lost his mother to cancer when he was just two years old, and his father has suffered two mini strokes. Matthew admitted that he needed to cut down his alcohol consumption.

Around 40% of his initial body weight was fat and worryingly, his fitness level was in the 70-79 bracket. Matthew has reduced his weight from 16st 4lb to 14st 6lb and he’s lost a quarter of his body fat, and 22 inches off his body size. His fitness level is going in the right direction, as he is now in the 60-69 bracket.

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Ceredigion Public House to be served with a prohibition notice

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On Friday night, 27 March 2020, officers from Ceredigion County Council`s Public Protection Team came across a country public house serving customers alcohol, and open for business in contravention of the recently issued Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020. Police assistance was called and the landlord will now be served with a prohibition notice. A number of other offences were identified and a report will be made to the Council`s Licencing Committee.

Inspections by the Council’s Public Protection Team during the week have shown that the overwhelming majority of local businesses have voluntarily closed when they have been required to do so by the emergency regulations. Other businesses, where permitted to do so, have quickly diversified from serving foods to be consumed on their premises to providing deliveries or takeaways.

Premises that have been permitted to remain open have diligently and rapidly adjusted to social distancing measures. The vast majority of the community recognises the need for, and the importance of these emergency measures and has willingly played its part.

Over 70 premises were inspected last week, however only one premises failed to follow the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 introduced.

The Council’s Public Protection officers will continue to monitor compliance, with support from the Dyfed-Powys Police if appropriate. Businesses and premises which breach the regulations will be subject to prohibition notices and fines. Businesses that continue to contravene the measures will be forced to close down. Individuals and companies who do not pay their fine may also be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose potentially unlimited fines.

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Appeal following assault

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POLICE in Aberystwyth are keen to speak to a ‘good Samaritan’ who gave the victim of a serious assault a lift.

Aberystwyth CID are making enquiries into an incident in the early hours of Sunday, March 22, in which a man sustained significant injuries.

The assault took place in the Bridge Street area, near to Trefechan Bridge, shortly after 2am.

Officers are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with CCTV of the area, to make contact with the investigation team.

Police are also keen to speak to another man who has provided the injured victim with a lift in a van to the Trefechan area shortly after the assault.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, or can assist the police in any way, they are asked to email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or call 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired you can also text the force’s non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Ben Lake MP backs #Care4Carers fundraiser

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Ben Lake MP for Ceredigion has thrown their support behind a new fundraiser to support care workers who have been affected by Coronavirus.

The fund has been setup by the Care Workers’ Charity, and is being supported by More United, a cross-party network of MPs. The fund will give grants to those on the front line of the care service in the event that they have to self-isolate.

The fund has so far raised more than £100,000 and has been supported by more than 60 MPs from across eight political parties.

Ben Lake MP said:

“This is a fantastic initiative that deserves our support. Alongside frontline staff in the NHS, care workers in Ceredigion form a vital pillar in our society and are at the forefront of the efforts to fight COVID-19, and they deserve our full support. We must make sure that, should a care worker have to self-isolate, they will be supported through any financial hardship they may suffer.”

Tabitha Morton, Chief Executive of More United said:

“These are challenging times for everyone, but the way that people have come together in a time of crisis is amazing. We saw as a nation how we value the incredible work carers deliver everyday with #ClapforCarers, and this new fund allows people to show that they #Care4Carers and make sure that if a care worker needs financial support then they will get it.”

Karolina Gerlich, Executive Director at The Care Workers’ Charity said:

“COVID-19 is one of the biggest crises our generation will see in its lifetime. Care workers are at the frontline of this, caring for the people in our society who are most susceptible to the virus. If a care worker needs to self-isolate they will fall into desperate need. For this reason, we need more funds for extra emergency grants. I am very grateful to all MPs that have signed the letter of support for our campaign. ”

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