Month: April 2020

Welsh NHS staff send birthday wishes to Colonel Tom – in song of course

NHS staff from across Wales have come together to sing heartfelt and bilingual 100th birthday video greetings to the remarkable Colonel Tom Moore. The rousing rendition of Penblwydd Hapus and Happy Birthday is a tribute to the war veteran who was promoted to Colonel after raising more than £29 million for NHS Charities Together after […]

Accepting hospital patients into care homes led to doubling of Covid-19 deaths

A social care leader says news that care home deaths from Covid-19 have doubled is “utterly shocking but not surprising” because the virus has been imported into them by patients discharged from hospital. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, said the newly-published figures from the Office of Nationals Statistics (ONS)were an indictment […]

Care home owner warns of mass closures after losing 11 residents to Covid-19

Half the 650 care homes in Wales threatened with closure A care home boss who has lost 11 residents to suspected Covid-19 in one of his facilities has called for more urgent support from the Welsh Government amid warnings of mass closures across Wales. Sanjiv Joshi, the managing director of the Caron Group, which has […]

Teenager Katie takes her place on UK’s top youth pressure group

A sixth form student who takes calls from troubled teens on a North Wales helpline has been chosen for a coveted place on the UK’s leading campaigning group for young people. Katie Balmer, a pupil at leading independent school Myddelton College, Denbigh, is one of just ten Girl Guide representatives from across the country on […]

Kind-hearted Muslim community rallies to support foodbanks

The kind-hearted Muslim community in Conwy has answered a plea from a police boss to support foodbanks during the coronavirus crisis. The Conwy Islamic Society donated two pallets of food to foodbanks in Abergele, Penmaenmawr, Llanfairfechan, Conwy, Colwyn Bay and Kinmel Bay. They were responding to an appeal by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner […]

Supermarkets urged to relax bulk-buy rules to support struggling care homes

A worried care home manager is calling on supermarkets to lift restrictions on bulk buying for the sector to help struggling care homes order vital food supplies during Covid-19. Julie Ward, manager of The Laurels residential home in Aberdare, said care workers were being forced to make multiple trips to local food stores – putting […]

Talented mum and daughter create musical magic for locked down care home residents

A talented mother and daughter have recorded a “magical” video version of a classic Elvis Presley number to comfort locked down care home residents during the coronavirus lockdown. Musician in residence Nia Davies Williams, who works for the Pendine Park care organisation which has eight care homes in Wrexham and Caernarfon, performed the duet with […]

Care home’s bills rocket by £7,000 a week due to Covid-19 pandemic

A Gwynedd care homes owner says she has seen bills rocket by over £7,000 a week during the coronavirus pandemic. Ceri Roberts, Managing Director of Cariad Care Homes which runs two homes in Porthmadog and Criccieth, said it was costing over £100 extra per person a week to keep each of her 78 residents safe. […]