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Kind donation of life-saving equipment

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Defibrillator donation: Mrs Mag Williams presented the life-saving equipment to Cardigan Castle last week, which could help to save many lives

Defibrillator donation: Mrs Mag Williams presented the life-saving equipment to Cardigan Castle last week, which could help to save many lives

THANKS to the generosity of a local resident, Cardigan Castle now has its own defibrillator.

Mrs Mag Williams celebrated her 95th birthday by raising funds for the charity Calonnau Cymru, or Welsh Hearts, who matched her funds of £450 to allow the purchase of the life-saving equipment.

The defibrillator was presented by Mrs Williams and Sharon Owen, Julian Evans and Meinir Lewis of the Welsh Hearts charity to Cardigan Castle’s Facilties Officer Sue Lewis and Cadwgan Secretary Joff Timms last week.

Mrs Williams said: “Thank you to everyone who made my birthday so enjoyable and raised funds for Calonnau Cymru. A big thank you to all.”

The defibrillator will be placed in the 1176 Restaurant, with castle staff and volunteers being trained to use it.

Welsh Hearts regularly hold a host of free training sessions in CPR and the use of defibrillators as part of their Saving Lives in Wales campaign.

Alongside this essential training, Welsh Hearts also provide the public with access to defibrillators, so far delivering 362 units to schools, sports clubs and a variety of other communities across Wales.

Approximately 8000 sudden cardiac arrests occur outside of hospital each year, which have an appalling survival rate of just 3%. However, where a defibrillator is used, the survival rate rockets up to 50%.

By teaching people to use defibrillators, Welsh Hearts hope to drastically improve the chances of those having cardiac arrests where the first few minutes are critical to saving their lives.

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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