ELIN Jones AM dressed in pink at the Welsh Assembly to support Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser Wear It Pink. Wear It Pink helps fund vital breast cancer research supported by Elin Jones, AM from Ceredigion, who added a dash of pink to their usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now’s Wear It Pink fundraiser, which takes place on Friday 18 October.
Since launching in 2002, Wear It Pink has raised over £33 million. Elin is calling for her constituents to join her, by signing up for Wear It Pink and helping to make possible life-saving breast cancer research and life changing support for those affected by the disease.
Tracey Williams, 58, from Newport is a mother of two living with incurable secondary breast cancer and joined Elin at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff.
Commenting on why she is supporting this year’s Wear It Pink day, Tracey said: “The charity has supported me since I finished treatment for primary breast cancer in 2010 and they have continued to support and help me through my secondary breast cancer diagnosis. I couldn’t live my life as well as I do now without their on-going support and the information they provide. Wear It Pink is a great way you can have fun and raise money for this vital charity and help to support people like me who have been affected by breast cancer.”
Anyone is welcome to take part in Wear It Pink. Some people will choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at their school or workplace. No matter how people chose to Wear It Pink all the money raised will help to fund vital breast cancer research and support.
Elin Jones AM said: “Each year in Wales, around 2,877 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and over 577 women die of the disease. That’s why I’m encouraging my constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now Wear It Pink day on Friday 18 October. The money raised by this wonderful event has such a huge impact, allowing Breast Cancer Now to fund vital research and support for those living with a diagnosis. I hope that everybody will wear pink this October and support this very important cause.”
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, said: “Breast cancer still affects so many of us, and our goal as a charity is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live and be supported to live well. The money raised from wearing it pink is so crucial to this, helping us to fund vital breast cancer research and support for those affected by the disease. We hope that by wearing pink, Elin will encourage more people to Wear It Pink on 18 October and help us to continue to fund vital breast cancer research and support.”
Anyone can take part in Wear It Pink. Some people will choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at their school or workplace. No matter how people chose to wear it pink, all the money raised will help to fund vital breast cancer research and support.
In April 2019, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now merged to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity united around the shared ambition that by 2050 anyone who develops breast cancer will live and be supported to live well. Every Wear It Pink donation will help towards this goal.
Wear It Pink on October 18 and raise funds for breast cancer research and support. Visit wearitpink.org to register and claim your free fundraising pack.
Force decision to challenge inappropriate behaviour of officer the right one
A DYFED-POWYS POLICE officer has been dismissed from his post with immediate effect, after the force challenged the previous finding of a conduct panel which would have enabled him to return to front line duties.
PC Simon England first appeared before an independent panel in April 2019, following reports of inappropriate sexual behaviour and comments towards colleagues and (indirectly) members of the public.
Following a judicial review into the 2019 hearing, this week PC England was brought before another panel, overseen by Legally Qualified Chair, Mrs Sally Olsen.
PC England fully admitted the alleged conduct in its entirety and accepted that it amounted to gross misconduct. However, he did not believe that his conduct justified his dismissal from the force.
The Panel found that the behaviour in question amounted to serious breaches of the standards of professional behaviour relating to authority, respect and courtesy, equality and diversity and discreditable conduct, and was therefore dismissed with immediate effect.
Following this second panel, Temporary Chief Constable Claire Parmenter said:
“Dyfed-Powys Police quite rightly expects the highest standards of professional behaviour from its officers and staff, as do the communities we serve and protect.
“The force cannot and will not tolerate behaviour of this kind. We will always take action to protect our officers, staff, and without question, the public.
“It is vital that we maintain public confidence in the force, and public confidence cannot be upheld by allowing individuals who behave in such a way to remain in the organisation.
“I am pleased to see that the seriousness of this matter has now been recognised and that the panel have judged this behaviour to amount to gross misconduct. This confirms that the decision to challenge the original conclusion via judicial review was absolutely the right one”.
Examples of the conduct in question include inappropriate touching of colleagues with sexual intent, inappropriate comments to colleagues about masturbation, and talk of specific sexual acts that he would wish to engage in with members of the public he had seen.
New Quay RNLI search for unoccupied grey dinghy
On Sunday night (25 July) New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to search for an unoccupied grey dinghy last seen near Cwmtydu, south of New Quay.
The Audrey LJ lifeboat launched at 8.40pm with three volunteer crew members on board and made good speed down the coast.
Dylan Price, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “On arrival the crew commenced searching and soon found a large blue and black inflatable. We were then tasked to carry out further searches for a grey boat between Cwmtydu and New Quay but on finding nothing else we were stood down and returned to station by 10pm.
“Remember if you see anyone in trouble or find yourself in difficulty on the coast do not hesitate to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
Stand up for slowing down speed campaign launched
INAPPROPRIATE speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, with 15% of collisions resulting in a serious injury and 24% of collisions resulting in fatalities.
Starting on the 26th July, the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) Speed Campaign will kick off across the UK, with GoSafe and the four Welsh Police Forces participating in both engaging with the public about the risks of speeding and enforcing the speed limits on the roads of Wales.
In 2019, 60,073 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued in Wales to drivers/riders for speeding.
Speeding is a major contributing factor to collisions on the roads of Wales. This includes both ‘excessive speed’, where the speed limit is exceeded, as well as driving or riding within the speed limit when this is too fast for the conditions at the time; for example, in poor weather, poor visibility or high pedestrian activity.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw less traffic but higher speeds. Now our restrictions are lifting, traffic volumes are up and as we are holidaying in the UK more, we are seeing more people speeding on the roads in Wales. We want to change this, but can only do that with your help.
Over the next few weeks you will see an increased presence on the road network of Wales as we aim to keep all road users safe and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.
We know that the majority of road users comply with the speed limit; but the minority of those who do not increases the risk to the safety of all road users and need to be educated on the risks to their own safety as well as to the safety of those around them. Throughout this campaign, GoSafe and our partners in the Police and Local Authorities will encourage and educate more people to reduce their speed to save lives.
Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said: “GoSafe enforce at sites across Wales in order to encourage motorists to comply with the speed limits and in turn make our roads and communities safer for everyone. If we all play our part and stand up for slowing down we can make a difference, and we can save lives on the roads of Wales.”
Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change said: “I am very pleased to support this campaign. Driving at high speeds costs lives and a greater police presence on our roads will mean motorists will be more likely to drive within the speed limits, protecting lives and avoiding a speeding fine.”
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