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Rescued RAF veteran “Walks 500 Miles” for the RNLI Mayday appeal

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TODAY (May 17) Roger Phillips, 73, from Aberaeron in Ceredigion will set off on a 500-mile circular route around the North coast of Scotland. He has a very special reason for supporting the RNLI, having survived a dramatic incident where he almost drowned after becoming trapped in the wreckage of a sinking aircraft.

Roger, an RAF aircrew veteran was in Hong Kong when the dramatic incident happened 42 years ago. Today he wants to show his support to RNLI volunteers who save lives at sea and is supporting the RNLI’s Mayday mile fundraiser. This month people across Wales are covering at least one mile in any way they chose and raise vital funds to keep people safe on our coastline.

Roger will begin his journey from the village of Lochcarron and travel clockwise around the route. He has already raised £500 in support of the RNLI’s Mayday appeal and hoping his Just Giving efforts will be given a further boost now the challenge has got underway.

The helicopter which almost sank during the dramatic incident where Roger almost lost his life. (Credit RNLI)

Roger says: “On 19 April 1979, my aircraft crashed and I found myself trapped inside the wreckage of the aircraft as it sank in the South China Sea. By some miracle, or some may say divine intervention, I survived. I could have really done with the RNLI then.

“I’m raising funds for the charity because the crew are true heroes. Anyone who has met RNLI volunteer must be filled with admiration. Now as I find I have the time and the resources I would like to give something back.”

Catherine Jones, RNLI Community Manager says: “We have been truly overwhelmed by the amount of people across Wales doing some weird and wonderful things to complete their Mayday miles. Roger’s story really is an inspiration and we wish him all the very best with his ambitious challenge and hope he enjoys the experience.

“Every penny raised by Roger and those supporting our Mayday fundraising campaign will go towards our volunteer crews who are anticipating one of the busiest ever summers.”

Please visit Roger’s Just Giving page to support his challenge: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walkthe500walkwithRoger

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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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