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13/07/2021

As Dogs Trust gears up for the opening of its Cardiff rehoming centre later this summer, the charity has launched an Amazon wishlist for any dog lovers wanting to treat the new arrivals to a welcome gift. With final preparations underway, the team have been inundated with requests from generous members of the public wanting to help welcome the first doggy residents onto the new site in Nettlefold Road, Splott. Whilst the dogs will have everything they need when they arrive, the team have lovingly handpicked additional items they know the dogs will love – from…

13/07/2021

Two members of the paediatric intensive care team at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales will be running a 70k ultramarathon from Brecon to Cardiff in aid of the hospital’s official charity. Ward manager, Suzanne Davies from Bridgend and dietician Helen Penny from Caerphilly are taking on the challenge as a way of saying thank you to the Noah’s Ark Charity for the support it has given to the children’s hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic. Suzanne began her career…

13/07/2021

A Cardiff-based teacher training provider has successfully navigated the challenges of COVID-19 by moving its business from face-to-face to online only. Dragonfly Training, one of the largest teacher training providers in the UK and internationally, adapted its business model at the start of the pandemic after securing a £50,000 Bounce Back Loan from NatWest. The funding allowed the business to invest in the technology required to continue delivering its sessions virtually to teachers across the globe. Before the pandemic, the…

01/07/2021

Image Jack Rafferty from Cowbridge British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the 51 talented finalists, from across the UK, for the 11th nationwide BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition. Eira Jones (12) from Ruthin and Jack Rafferty (14) from Cowbridge are among this year’s finalists for their games ‘Madgick’ and ‘Rollin’ respectively. Eira explained: “I really enjoyed designing this game as it gave me something to focus on during lockdown. I love fantasy books like Lord…

01/07/2021

Ffotogallery is delighted to announce its new exhibition, Unseen by Suzie Larke, on display at the gallery in Cathays, Old Sunday School, Fanny Street, Cardiff CF24 4EH from 30 June until 17 July 2021. There will be a Family Wellbeing Event on Saturday 3 July. Admission Free. The project aims to help people express their experiences through conceptual photography. As the artist explains: “Part of being human is to struggle. The struggles of those with mental health conditions are often not…

01/07/2021

The Baptist preacher and retired lecturer was diagnosed when he was 17, just before going to university when he fell into a diabetic coma. Dr Dann said: “I was weak, I was tired, I was thin, I didn’t know what was wrong with me until I collapsed. The doctor sent me to Llandough Hospital, and I was there for three weeks. My parents were told I may not survive. But I pulled through. Diabetes management was completely different then. The…

01/07/2021

  Today, on what would have been Diana, Princess of Wales’ 60th birthday, the British Red Cross has released two documents, including a never-before-seen diary entry following a meeting with Princess Diana. The diary entry was written by Eileen Nicol, who was Chairman at Activenture, a holiday camp for children with disabilities in Sussex, run by the British Red Cross. Dated 30th July 1985, the entry documents the Princess’ day visiting the centre and her unsurprising love for the children. “[The Princess] was charming. She has so much compassion for the children” Eileen writes of the visit. “She spoke to every one of them…

23/06/2021

Animal welfare charities are predicting a huge surge in the number of abandoned and surrendered dogs as lockdown lifts and the full impact of the pandemic is realised. Hope Rescue, a dog rescue centre in Llanharan, is certainly experiencing this. They have received over 90 calls from dog owners looking to hand in their pets in the last 4 weeks alone, including a Mum and her enormous litter of 12 puppies. This is on top of the rescue centre’s stray…

23/06/2021

  As we all look forward to bars opening indoors once again, we can be extra excited for what cocktail bar Lab 22 have in store. Caroline Street cocktail bar has reopened its doors with a new and very exciting menu. Having won national awards for their previous two menus, their latest work is not to be missed!   Lab 22’s cocktail menus always follow a scientific theme, and this is no exception. Entitled Theories + Frontiers, it is inspired by…

23/06/2021

  Mike Peters, frontman of legendary Welsh rock band The Alarm, and his wife & fellow band member Jules, are walking the length of Wales (from Prestatyn to Chepstow) to raise money for cancer patients this week.  The musicians, from Dyserth in North Wales, had originally planned to take on the 177 mile, 12 day challenge with a group of other hikers, but Covid-19 restrictions prevented them from doing that. Undeterred, the dynamic duo decided to go it alone, and…