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Police launch Community Heartbeat Appeal

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Welsh Hearts Calonnau Cymru: Aiming to get a defibrillator for each community police station

Welsh Hearts Calonnau Cymru: Aiming to get a defibrillator for each community police station

THE CHARITY Welsh Hearts Calonnau Cymru, aimed at managing and preventing heart disease in Wales, has teamed up with Dyfed-Powys Police to launch the Community Heartbeat Appeal.

The Appeal is set up to raise funds for a public-access defibrillator to be placed at each of the 25 police stations across the Dyfed-Powys area, as well as one each for the mobile police stations in the four counties.

Inspector Alun Samuel, Neighbourhood Development Officer for Carmarthenshire, said: “Dyfed Powys Police are delighted to be joining forces with Welsh Hearts. The venture of getting defibrillators into communities will benefit and save lives and we really appreciated being part of that.”

Welsh Hearts are encouraging communities across west Wales to get behind the appeal and fundraise to help get a defibrillator for their local police station, which could benefit the entire community in which it will be placed.

Sharon Owen, Charity Director and Founder of Welsh Hearts, said: “It’s shocking that there are 8,000 cardiac arrests outside a hospital each year in Wales. Every second counts when someone has a cardiac arrest and the first couple of minutes are crucial. A defibrillator is able to restart the heart during a cardiac arrest, and can save lives. When used, the survival rate can increase to 50%, but a speedy response is crucial. This is why we’re so pleased to be teaming up with Dyfed-Powys Police to get defibrillators at each of their police stations.”

To support this appeal, please contact fundraising@welshhearts.org for your fundraising pack.

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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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