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15/02/2021

Dr. Amanda Gummer, CEO of The Good Play Guide, has called for families to put the computers away and enjoy some screen free family fun where possible. “Whilst it is important that children continue to learn and develop throughout the pandemic, it is equally paramount that parents take this opportunity to make some lasting family moments that they can look back on in years to come and importantly have a well-earned break.” With lockdown this year, the idea of a…

05/02/2021

Fashion retailer, Primark, leaped to the support of children’s charity, Noah’s Ark, after being inspired by the plight of a three-year-old girl called Eden.  As a result, the charity is now able to provide essentials packs for children who, like little Eden, are admitted to hospital in an emergency during the Covid-19 pandemic. The move is the latest activity in a long-standing partnership between Noah’s Ark and Primark’s store in Cardiff. In addition, to date, Primark has raised close to £800,000…

05/02/2021

Being a university student is hard enough but being one during a pandemic is even harder. I’m a third year student at the University of Wales Trinity St David at their Lampeter Campus.  Founded in 1822 by Bishop Thomas Burgess, it is the oldest and one of the smallest universities in Wales, counts Prince Charles as the Patron of the University and has fewer than 2000 students. This pandemic has not been easy to deal with. I was at home…

22/01/2021

The Lakeside Wing, based on the grounds of the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) site, accepted its first patient at the end of December 2020. The patient was transferred across from the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s main Hospital site to the Lakeside Wing to start their rehabilitation as they enter the recovery stage of their treatment. To date, 56 patients are currently being cared for at the new surge facility, undergoing essential rehabilitation after a period of acute…

22/01/2021

People across the region are being encouraged to look beyond Lockdown by making a date to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Cardiff.    The charity’s much-loved events are aiming to return to the city later in the year but with socially distanced measures to help keep participants safe. Anyone who signs up this January can claim a special 30 per cent off the entry fee by using the code JAN2021.   COVID-19 has caused a devastating loss of research funding. Cancer Research…

20/01/2021

  Open to vegans, vegetarians, and meat reducers aged 65 and over, the club offers attendees the chance to learn new dishes, get tips from an experienced vegan chef, and meet like-minded people from across the UK. The club takes places through Zoom video-conferencing on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Recipes are provided in advance, so you have plenty of time to get the ingredients. Cook that morning and then join Vegetarian for Life Chef Justina, along with attendees…

20/01/2021

  New Year’s resolutions can be a good starting point for making longer term health and lifestyle improvements, but most people who set New Year’s resolutions do not stick to them. Reasons for quitting include a lack of time, a lack of support from other people and feeling daunted by unrealistic targets. These tips are aimed at helping you to succeed in maintaining your healthy goals in 2021. Setting achievable goals The first thing to consider is whether your New…

18/01/2021

A teenager who wants to volunteer as a Childline counsellor when she turns 16 has covered 870 miles in a four-month-long fundraising challenge for the NSPCC. Liz Brennan from Nantgarw started her challenge to run, walk and cycle the equivalent length of the Wales coast path in September, with hopes of raising the £1,600 it costs to fund the training of a Childline counsellor. The GCSE student has been a long-term supporter of the NSPCC and came up with a…

18/01/2021

A six-figure investment in female health specialists Health & Her is revolutionising the way women manage the symptoms associated with menopause. Founded in 2017, Health & Her is the first holistic menopause hub offering products, specialist advice and symptom tracking through their menopause app.  The Development Bank of Wales made an initial six-figure investment in 2019 alongside funding from a syndicate of angel investors and the Wales Angel Co-investment Fund. The Cardiff based health-tech company has grown five-fold over the…

18/01/2021

Over 200 staff from across South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have volunteered to support their communities and blue light colleagues by offering support including driving ambulances over the past six months of the pandemic. Since last summer 33 firefighters from across the Service have completed the specialist training programme and have been actively supporting our communities and 999 family as part of the Covid-19 response. This deployment requires personnel to complete a joint course facilitated by the Welsh Ambulance…