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Elin Jones wears pink for Breast Cancer Now fundraiser

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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.

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The county’s play areas to close

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ALL THOSE who manage Ceredigion Play Areas have been asked to close their play areas as of Monday, 23 March 2020.

This decision doesn’t come lightly as they are wonderful places to enjoy. However, you may have noticed people are still meeting in outdoor parks and communal areas outside. We must protect our communities and strive to ensure that people stay away from places where they can come together, especially children and young people who are not currently attending school. It is also important to note, it is reported that Coronavirus can remain on surfaces, including metals and plastics.

The Council requires all playground owners / managers in Ceredigion to ensure that the community keep away from the play spaces. These include community spaces, parks and skate parks.

If there is a gate or fence around the play area, it will be locked and a poster placed on the entrance. For those areas without a fence or gate, the poster will be put in a suitable place so that the public can understand that it is not safe for them to use the play area at present.

We thank all who are helping to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak responsibly.

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The latest on plastic free Ceredigion

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At its meeting held on 17 March, the Council’s Cabinet received an activity update from the Plastic Free Ceredigion Task and Finish Group, which was set up after full Council approved a motion on 22 February 2018.

Full Council approved the ‘Plastic Free campaigns throughout the County, including Plastic Free Aberporth and Plastic Free Aberystwyth’ motion to ensure that the Council helps to reduce the amount of single use plastics used in our day to day operations.

The motion involved a number of factors including; reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and encouraging local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives. Promoting the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events, supporting beach cleans and any other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics.

Since 22 February 2018, the Council have removed 5 single-use plastic that were used across the local authority, implemented projects in conjunction with NRW with local primary schools, worked closely with communities throughout Ceredigion and commenced the provision of Water bottle re-fills on request to all visitors to our public facing buildings.

In January 2020, the Schools Service were successful in bidding for funding from the Circular Economy Capital Fund, which allows for the purchasing of milk dispensers which will remove the need for the provision of plastic milk bottles and straws by 1,979 pupils at Foundation and Key Stage 2. This is equivalent to a reduction of 376,010 plastic milk bottles per school year.

Councillor Alun Williams, Member Champion for Sustainability said, “These are initiatives which, together, make a real difference to the amount of single-use plastics going into the waste stream from Council activities. Whilst it’s important that everyone seeks to minimise their use of single-use plastics, it’s particularly important that large organisations like councils take these kinds of actions because they can have a wider effect which, in turn, can lead to industry changing to more sustainable practices. Ceredigion Council is trying to lead the way in showing what’s possible within an organisation.”

This supports one of the Council’s corporate priority of Promoting Environmental and Community Resilience.

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Cabinet decision on former care home still stands

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The Council’s Cabinet met on Tuesday 17 March to discuss the recommendation put forward by the Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Monday 16 March, regarding the future of the former care home, Penparcau.

Following the discussion at Cabinet, it was decided not to support the recommendation put forward by the Committee. The Cabinet’s original decision made on 25 February will now be implemented.

The Committee recommended that Cabinet postpone progressing the sale of the former care home for 6 months, given the current situation regarding coronavirus, and following that period, both the Corporate Resources and Healthier Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committees reconsider the matter of future EMI Nursing in Ceredigion. The recommendation was made after councillors used the Councils’ call in process to review the Cabinet’s decision on 25 February 2020.

Councillor Rhodri Evans is the Cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration. He said, “The Council has actively sought the appropriate re-use of the former care home over a lengthy period of time. The Council initially undertook a procurement exercise to identify a provider between 2015 and 2017 and since 2018 sought to sell the property for a preferred use since. Both approaches have been unsuccessful. After careful consideration, it’s now time to consider alternative options for disposing of this asset and attract investment in the property. The money raised from the sale can then be used towards supporting service providing care elsewhere in the County.

The Council will continue to discuss options with Hywel Dda University Health Board for providing improved EMI provision in the County.”

The Council will liaise with Registered Social Landlords in the hope that a purchase can be agreed within 3 months. This is due to the continued need for affordable housing in the County. If this cannot be achieved, the land will be sold on the open market without identifying any preferred uses.

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