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28/10/2020

…according to Ealing’s famous MetFilm School. Pete Appleyard – a tutor at Ealing’s world famous MetFilm School has a massive interest in the genre of Horror. He’s taken time out to pull together this haunting selection of spooky films from the last 100 years! It’s a mixture of classics, blockbusters and unusual but worthy finds. Pete’s final choice – Host was written, shot, edited and released during the Covid-19 lockdown… it will make you think again when accepting an unexpected…

27/10/2020

Cardiff university alumni, Gemma Clatworthy, author of The Girl who Lost her Listening Ears has released a new book in support of NHS Charities Together. She carries on her theme of lockdown literature and has gathered over 100 responses from children about what they think of coronavirus, lockdown and how school is different now. All of the author proceeds from this book will be going to NHS Charities Together. Gemma says: “I have really enjoyed putting this book together and…

27/10/2020

Swansea City has teamed up with gambling harm reduction charity project The Big Step in a trailblazing new partnership. The Big Step is a football-focused gambling education project and part of the Gambling with Lives charity, which has people with lived experience of gambling harm delivering a community-based education, training, awareness and signposting programme in conjunction with the Swans. The Gambling Harms Prevention programme will be delivered by Swans’ fan Nick Phillips, himself a recovering gambling addict. In addition to…

26/10/2020

Halloween is approaching fast. It can be difficult to avoid overindulging on sweets and chocolate at Halloween, but there are some healthy swaps you can make. Before you head out to buy bags of sugary and fatty Halloween treats, why not consider celebrating Halloween in a healthier way. Here’s some ideas to help you enjoy a healthier Halloween. • Whizz up some ‘vampire blood’ smoothies by blending strawberries, raspberries and blueberries that are packed full of antioxidants to keep your…

26/10/2020

A patient at University Hospital Llandough has become the first in Wales to receive a transfusion of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19. Melanie James, from the Pontprennau area of Cardiff, received the transfusion as part of the RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY) clinical trial, after being admitted to University Hospital Llandough with COVID-19. The transfusion of monoclonal antibodies is the latest treatment to be added to the RECOVERY trial, which is the world’s largest randomised controlled clinical trial for…

26/10/2020

When daylight saving time ends this weekend, drivers may find themselves spending more time navigating roads in the dark. The Association of Optometrists (AOP) warns that many people don’t take driving as seriously as they should, by continuing to drive with vision below the legal standard. Optometrist and AOP’s Head of Education, Dr Ian Beasley said: “It is perhaps unsurprising that a disproportionate number of serious driving accidents occur at night, with poor vision identified as a major contributing factor…

26/10/2020

With ‘firebreak’ restrictions in force across Wales, here at the British Red Cross we are encouraging people to call 0808 1963651 if they feel lonely, worried or in need of assistance. Like everybody else, I got a bit frustrated when coronavirus started as being in the vulnerable category, I couldn’t carry on with my usual volunteering. I can see the sense of staying home, it’s to protect us. But it can take its toll and if people need to talk…

26/10/2020

Blood donors across Wales are being asked to ‘keep donating’ during the Wales-wide firebreak to help the Welsh Blood Service maintain healthy blood stocks for the NHS. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Welsh Blood Service introduced a new collections schedule where donations are taken from around five regional donation hubs across Wales each week. The regional donation hubs are at different locations every week and they have temporarily replaced the old model which involved donation sessions being offered…

26/10/2020

As Wales has moved into the “firebreak” lockdown, the Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt, called on communities to come together in a safe way to support those who are most vulnerable among us, saying: “Through the strict UK-wide lockdown earlier this year, volunteers, third sector organisations and community groups came together with spirit and conviction to support local communities. We could not have continued to function so well without your help, support and hard work. “You have already…

19/10/2020

As Wales considers its next move to tackle the pandemic, many of us feel anxious and worried about the coming months. This can be particularly difficult for young adult carers, many of whom have returned to school or college only a month ago. YAC’s are young people aged 16 -25 who looked after a relative or close friend who has an illness or disability, mental health condition or substance addiction. They do this in an unpaid capacity and usually on…