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Carers Garden Party a blooming success

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Young carers with head of council

A CARERS Garden Party was held on 11 April in Aberystwyth to bring carers of all ages together to take their caring hat off and enjoy with their loved ones.

Students from Coleg Ceredigion studying for their BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification had been working hard with the Ceredigion County Council’s Carers Unit to put on a special Garden Party for Carers.
After six months of planning, research and hard work, Cwrt Mawr Hub at Aberystwyth University was hung with colourful decorations, large blooms of pom poms, flower garlands, floral bunting and vintage china – they truly brought the garden indoors and lifted the spirits of all who attended.

Guests at the event

Arwyn Morris, Corporate Lead Officer for Customer Services said, “The day to day responsibility of caring for someone can take its toll and can often get in the way of enjoying those everyday moments with family and friends. This event gave Carers the space to sit back and relax together for a few hours. The students put so much effort into creating that chance to recharge the batteries, they had thought of every detail, they even managed the sunshine!”

Carers of all ages were made to feel welcome and valued from the moment they arrived, from being greeted at the entrance in a true VIP fashion, given welcome gifts, shown to tables and comfy seating and waited on hand and foot. The afternoon tea was also made and served by students from the Catering Department – including strawberry topped scones and other yummy cakes.

The students entertained the Carers with stand up comedy, violin, singing, ukelele, piano solo and more. Carers young and old also enjoyed quieter activities such as colouring in, board games and the chance to sit and chat with other Carers and families.

Hag Harris, Heather West and guests

One Carer said, “We thoroughly enjoyed everything you organised for us, from the thoughtful gesture of a coaster and seeds to the fabulous entertainment which was unexpected and thoroughly enjoyable. The venue was excellent too, nice and bright and I liked all the touches that you had made, inside and out. Especially the draughts! That was a very unexpected touch and we took advantage, absolutely fabulous.”
The Carers Unit would like to express their thanks to the Centre for Widening Participation and Social Inclusion team at Aberystwyth University for the venue, additional staff and student leader support throughout the day.

Carers provide unpaid care by looking after a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or struggling with mental health or addiction. Helping a loved one get the most out of life can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be very tough.

For more information, please contact the Carers Unit on 01970 633564 or carersunit@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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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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