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Llandysul woman’s life ‘transformed’ by weight loss

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Tracy Jones: Lost an amazing 9 stone

A LLANDYSUL woman has lost an amazing 9 stones with Slimming World which she says has ‘transformed’ her life. Tracy Jones, a busy mum, joined the Llandysul group in May 2015 and achieved he 9 stones loss by January this year.

Tracy said: “I was feeling sad and had no confidence or self-esteem when I was at my heaviest after my children were born. I had absolutely no energy to run around after my two boys. I decided enough was enough and then a Slimming World leaflet came through my door.

“So I went along and nervously dragged myself through the doors. That day was the start of a better a life for me and my children. I shouldn’t have worried, I was made to feel so welcome, everyone was kind and friendly and made me feel at ease.

“I have tried every diet in the past and didn’t quite believe that just by changing the way I eat to a healthier diet. I started to see the pounds falling of me every week.

“And my family were eating healthily too. I don’t feel like I’m on a diet as I can eat lots and don’t miss out on treats. I’m a big portion girl and on Slimming World I can have as much free food as I want, honestly. Family favourites are curry, spaghetti bolognese and Slimming World chips.

“Since losing my weight I feel so different and people hardly recognise me. I love clothes shopping again and don’t get down because nothing fits me. The best thing is that I have fantastic energy and even play football with my boys without getting hopelessly out of breath. I’m a proper mum again, one that my boys can be proud of.

“I owe a lot to my new friends and really couldn’t have done without the love, help and support of my consultant, Elaine and also the Llandysul Slimming World group I have made lots of friends who encourage me every week. She has always had faith in me build my confidence and self-belief. My family and friends have given me heaps of support. This is it now, the new, slim, happy healthy me is here for life. It’s not a diet but a lifestyle.”

Elaine, her consultant, added: “Tracy is a very good role model in the group and she helps and encourages others. We meet every Tuesday evening at The Cricket Club in Llandysul 7:30pm.”

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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New Quay RNLI rescues person cut off by the tide

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New Quay RNLI returning to station with two members of the Coastguard team

NEW Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched on service on Saturday September 11 following a report of a person cut off by the tide at Traeth Gwyn, New Quay. 

With three crew members on board the inshore lifeboat Audrey LJ it launched on service at 11.15am and did an extensive search of the beach before finding the casualty who had been cut off by the high spring tide.  

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “There was an initial confusion on the location of the casualty but an update from the New Quay Coastguard Rescue team, who had fought their way down from the cliff top through thick undergrowth, allowed us to locate the person. 

“We then transferred the casualty and two of the coastguard team onto the boat. We dropped the casualty off at Llanina Point and brought the two coastguard officers back to the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat was then rehoused and ready for service by 12.25pm. 

“Remember if you see if you see anyone in difficulty or you find yourself in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

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Ben Lake shows support for farmers on Back British Farming Day

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Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers.

BEN Lake MP has today shown support for British food and farming on Back British Farming Day, recognising the crucial role farmers in Ceredigion play in producing food for the nation.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) provided MPs with the emblem of the day – a wool and wheatsheaf pin badge – to enable them to join the celebration of agriculture. Food and farming is a key business sector, worth more than £120 billion to the UK economy and providing jobs for almost four million people.

The NFU chose the day to launch a new report which asks for Government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year, covering the country’s production of key foods and its contribution to global food security. This would be the first meaningful assessment of UK food security in over a decade.

Commenting, Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers. The day presents an opportunity to thank the farmers who feed us, as well as take care of our countryside and maintain our iconic Welsh landscapes.

“I fully support the campaign which is asking us all to value locally produced food. I will be calling on Government to adopt agricultural policies that ensure farming in Ceredigion can thrive and ensure our self-sufficiency does not fall below its current level of 60%, alongside a greater ambition in promoting Welsh food to aid UK food security.”

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