Shock at care home report

I WAS shocked to read the damning report on Bridell nursing home (SHAME: Inspectors slam dementia home, February 5).

I have been visiting Bridell residents intermittently, and unannounced, for more than six years, on behalf of a local church group.

During this time, I have been impressed how well these incredibly fragile patients are looked after. They are well fed, clean and their morale high, despite being afflicted with enormous problems.

I should like to emphasise that, on visiting care homes in other areas, unwelcome odours are common. Never at Bridell.

Clearly, if there are issues that need addressing so be it and fast.

I sincerely hope that staff morale has not been compromised too much by this report. In general terms, they cope extraordinarily well looking after our vulnerable, needy relatives and friends.

Michael Perry

Emeritus Professor of Surgery

Newport

New store delight for DIYers

THE establishment of a branch of Screwfix in Cardigan will certainly be welcome to the many DIYers in the district, on account of the shops we have lost over the years.

I remember when we had two hardware shops on Pendre, another one just over the bridge and much more recently, the last one on Priory Street, which closed to be replaced by a catering business.

The occupation of an empty unit on Parc Teifi, with the creation of jobs, must surely be of benefit to the town.

John B Armstrong

Llechryd

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A thank you for £20k support

ON behalf of the Cardigan branch of Cancer Research UK it is a pleasure to inform our supporters from Cardigan and surrounding areas, how much money was raised for this charity following various events during 2018, and I am grateful that I can do this through The Tivyside.

Our fundraising events included whist drives, coffee mornings, a Christmas fayre plus goblet collections at Tesco stores. To end the year the Christmas carol service held at St Mary’s Church was a great success yet again, with valuable contributions from the pupils of Ysgol Penparc, to whom we are very grateful.

Thanks go to the local businesses who contributed prizes for our main raffle this year, Crwst, Cerbydau Cenarth, DMB Davies Accountants and Llinos’ Hairdressers.

In addition to these, In Memoriam donations were received, as well as generous donations from several individuals from the local community.

Our funds had a great boost when John and Jen from Penybryn Arms, along with their customers organised an auction with a grand raffle which raised a total of £5,459.00, with an additional £1,000 donated by Eleri Llewellyn via the match funding scheme from Barclays Bank.

The total amount raised during 2018 was an amazing £19,895.14p. I would like to say a very big thank you for your support, as this would not have been possible without your generosity.

We are very grateful to our team of helpers who come along to help out at the coffee mornings and whist drives, and I would also like to thank members of the committee who are committed and work tirelessly as a team to raise money for the benefit of this charity.

All monies raised by the Cardigan branch is designated to research carried out in Welsh hospitals, unless otherwise stipulated by the donors.

Thank you to all who contributed or supported us in any way or form, without your support, we would not have raised this incredible amount of money during 2018. The support and generosity of the local community has yet again been overwhelming.

Yr ydym yn dra ddiolchgar i chwi am eich haelioni a’ch cefnogaeth cyson, diolch o waelod calon.

Llinos Twigg

Chairperson

CRUK Cardigan Branch

Get on board with our buses

I’M writing on behalf of the Lord’s Taverners, the youth cricket and disability sports charity. I’d like to take the opportunity to remind all Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools and organisations in Wales of the support we offer.

Our particular focus is supporting schools and organisations that work with children, who have learning difficulties or physical disabilities. This includes providing specially adapted minibuses as well as playground equipment that is tailored to the needs of these pupils.

Today, many SEN schools struggle obtaining transport accessible to their students. Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has donated over 1,200 minibuses, of which 76 have gone to SEN schools in Wales.

Our iconic green minibuses are there to provide young people with transport opportunities that take them out into their communities and help them access sporting and recreational activities outside of their school environment. They’re also there to support the school’s wider curriculum and help develop life skills.

The minibuses have become far more than a means of transportation – they help young people with special educational needs to engage with their communities and experience new environments.

We believe such experiences are essential to help young people develop crucial life skills, independence and confidence.

Applications for our wheelchair-accessible minibuses are now open, and forms can be accessed on our website. For information visit lordstaverners.org/ or call 02920 343940

Ed Meggitt

Chairman Lord’s Taverners, Wales

Seeking views on social care

AGE Alliance Wales (AAW), an alliance of 23 voluntary organisations, wants to know the views of your readers regarding social care for people aged 50+. Such care may include help with washing and going to the toilet, meal preparation and respite for those caring for loved ones.

We’re interested in all forms of care whether it is delivered at your home, the home of your carer, or in other community venues.

Since 2016, local authorities in Wales have been governed by legislation that says older people and their carers that need support should have their care needs assessed and then have a package of care put in place that meet these assessed needs, regardless of peoples’ ability to pay.

The Alliance wants to know whether the legislation is working for older people by answering some simple questions on a survey that is available both on-line and in a paper format in both English and Welsh.

Simply visit surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AAWReact1E (English language) or surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AAWReact1W (Welsh language)

For paper copies of the survey please call my colleague Christopher Williams on 029 2043 1555

We look forward to hearing from you.

Victoria Lloyd

Chair, Age Alliance Wales

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