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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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Tregaron: Spider landed on driver before fatal crash

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A SPIDER landing on a woman’s hand caused a car crash which resulted in the death of her 11-year-old son, an inquest heard.

Tristan Silver was being driven to school by his mother Cloud Younger alongside his sister Branwen on May 4 2018, when the crash occurred near Tregaron.

The inquest in Aberystwyth on Wednesday (Jun 19) heard that the blue Subaru Legacy estate car drifted on to the wrong side of the A485 and hit a black Mitsubishi Shogun towing a trailer.

Farmer David Glyndwr Jones had loaded 60 lambs into the trailer before setting off for a market in Builth Wells with his wife. Around 8.45am Mr and Mrs Jones saw the Subaru driving towards them, and having seen that the vehicle was not slowing down, Mr Jones decided to pull his car into the verge and brace for impact.

When the cars met head-on, Mr and Mrs Jones, Mrs Younger and her daughter were left with minor injuries, but Tristan suffered serious head injuries. He was airlifted to hospital in Cardiff where he was pronounced dead.

After an interview with the police in June 2018, where Mrs Younger answered ‘no comment’ to each question, a prepared statement to police later explained that a spider had landed on her left hand as she was driving. This caused eight-year-old Branwen to start screaming, and Mrs Younger then tried to calm her daughter down, whilst continuing to drive.

The statement said that the Subaru had recently passed its MOT and all three people in the car were wearing seat belts. The inquest heard that the speed of the vehicle at the point of impact could not be ascertained, but Mr Jones said that his car was nearly at a standstill at the time of the crash.

Ceredigion Coroner Peter Brunton recorded a conclusion of misadventure.

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Plaid Cymru Cardigan hold event to support local initiatives

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MP Ben Lake led the evening

THE CARDIGAN plaid Cymru branch held a successful evening at the Fisherman’s Rest, Cardigan on Friday June 14 2019 to help share information and the experiences of local community benefit groups, as well as grant opportunities available to support such initiatives.

The evening was led by County Councillor Clive Davies and Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, Ben Lake. During the evening a presentation was given on far-reaching grant opportunities available for such community groups – drawing from examples of societies and community enterprises created in Cardigan over the last 5 years – and how they got started, grew from strength to strength, and received funding to achieve and support their objectives.

Following the meeting, Cllr Clive Davies said: “The success of local initiatives and groups have played a key role in Cardigan’s success as a vibrant market town over recent years. I welcomed the opportunity to further raise awareness of the opportunities and avenues of support available to such groups and enterprises to help them to continue to make an invaluable contribution to the town and local area.”

Ben Lake MP added: “Cardigan boasts a successful array of lively community projects and small businesses that have brought an added vigour to both the town and Ceredigion as a whole. It was useful to have the opportunity to discuss the challenges these groups face, as well as share information regarding the wide array of support and funding available to support and maintain their important work”.

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Ben Lake MP pledges support for advancing MS research

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BEN LAKE MP for Ceredigion has shown his support for investment in MS research, after visiting an exhibition by the MS Society in Parliament this week.

The exhibition, ‘Multiple Sclerosis – The Research Story’, gave parliamentarians the opportunity to hear from people living with MS and leading MS researchers around the UK. It featured personal objects from the MS community, representing what it’s like to live with the condition, alongside the latest developments in cutting-edge research.

Ben Lake, MP said: “I am delighted to have attended the MS Society’s parliamentary exhibit and see first-hand how close we are to stopping MS”

“MS is an unpredictable and challenging condition, which can be painful and exhausting. I want to see investment in this area of research continue to rise so everyone living with MS in Ceredigion and across the UK has access to effective treatments.”

Over the past 20 years MS research has led to major advances, including more than a dozen licensed treatments for people with the relapsing form of MS. But more investment is needed to find more, and better, treatments for everyone – including ones that can slow or stop MS from progressing.

Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research at the MS Society, said: “We’re really grateful Ben Lake MP has pledged their support for our work. More than 100,000 people live with MS in the UK and many are still left without treatment options that slow or stop progression. But we are at a turning point in MS research and the UK is at the forefront of this. We are closer than ever before to having treatments for everyone with MS, and stopping MS for good.”

The MS Society is the UK’s leading not-for-profit funder of MS research and is currently supporting over 70 active projects worth more than £20 million. To find out more about the MS Society and the vital research it is funding visit www.mssociety.org.uk

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