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Volunteers come together for garden makeover

Volunteers from Carmarthenshire have spent the past few days transforming a garden to ensure a disabled girl is no longer forced to stay indoors.

Frances Watkins from Cwmgwili had to watch from the sidelines as her family enjoyed their garden because it was unsuitable for her wheelchair.

But now thanks to a team of locals and the charity WellChild all that has change. Dean Thomas reports.

Mum grateful for garden makeover to help daughter

A mum from Cwmgwili says she's pleased with the work of volunteers from across Carmarthenshire to help transform her garden to make it wheelchair accessible for her daughter.

Marie Watkins says her daughter, Frances, who has cerebral palsy, can now go outside in her wheelchair to join her family and play with the other children.


Volunteers help with garden makeover for Cwmgwili family

Frances can now take her wheelchair outside into the garden. Credit: ITV News

Volunteers from Carmarthenshire have been helping to transform a young girl's garden to make it wheelchair accessible for her.

11-year-old Frances Watkins from Cwmgwili has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy and used to sit indoors, watching her family enjoy their garden as it was not suitable for her wheelchair.

Last week, a team of local volunteers from the Department of Work and Pensions and the charity WellChild helped to give the garden a special makeover so that Frances can now join her brothers and sisters in her garden.

Mother raises awareness of 'Slapped Cheek Syndrome'

Dwynwen wants local health boards to provide more information and provide a specific blood test. Credit: ITV News

A woman from Carmarthenshire is campaigning to raise awareness of 'Slapped Cheek Syndrome', a virus that usually affects young children.

Dwynwen Davies, from Llanybydder, lost one of her babies to the condition, and now wants to warn other pregnant mums of the dangers it can pose.

She wants local health boards to provide more information about the virus and offer a specific blood test which could possibly have saved her baby's life.

Children with the illness, which presents itself as a red rash on the face, usually recover from the cold-like symptoms in a few days, but it can be deadly to unborn babies.

Dwynwen has set up a petition online, where you can find more information on her campaign.

'No evidence of criminal offences' in councils' handling of tax payers money

A police investigation into the handling of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire county councils' handling of tax payers money has found "no evidence of criminal offences."

Gloucestershire Constabulary have now completed their enquiries and have confirmed that following an objective and independent analysis of the evidence, they did not find any evidence to suggest that any criminal offences had taken place. On the basis of this, the police will be taking no further action in relation to these mattes. Both local authorities have been advised of this decision.

– A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson

The matter was referred to Gloucestershire Constabulary due to the close working relationship between Dyfed-Powys Police and both local authorities involved.


Five new cases in salmonella outbreak

Five new cases of salmonella have been reported to Public Health Wales, following an outbreak last month.

Public Health Wales says there are now 17 cases, with nine confirmed as being linked to the outbreak, in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Public Health Wales says samples taken from Penclawdd's factory in Swansea have not shown any evidence of salmonella.

Source of salmonella outbreak 'unclear'

Public Health Wales says it is working with the Food Standards Agency and environmental health officers from Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire to investigate the outbreak.

We know that the majority of cases have eaten laverbread produced by Penclawdd. The company has cooperated fully with our investigations and has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the product from sale as a precaution.

Laverbread is generally a safe product to eat, and it remains unclear whether it is indeed the source of this outbreak.

However, given that we cannot rule out laverbread at present, it is very important that, to avoid the risk of illness, anyone with this product at home does not eat it.

– Dr Jorg Hoffmann, Public Health Wales

Anyone who is concerned about their health should contact their GP or call NHS Direct 0845 4647.

Warning over escaped golden eagle in West Wales

Police in Mid and West Wales have warned the public not to approach a massive golden eagle that has been spotted in the hills of Carmarthenshire.

It's thought the bird - which can have a wingspan of six feet - has escaped from captivity.

Alexandra Lodge reports from Llanllwni mountain

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