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Social care leader’s frustration over anti-covid jab no-shows

A social care leader has vented her frustration about people not turning up for appointments for anti-covid jabs. Mary Wimbury, the chief executive of Care Forum Wales which represents nearly 500 independent providers, said it was particularly galling when many vulnerable care home residents are desperate to have them. There has been a significant number […]

Kind bakers help boys’ choir rise to Covid-19 challenge

A pioneering choir that hit the high notes when it wowed the Britain’s Got Talent judges has been given a boost by a bakery firm as it struggles for funding during the coronavirus pandemic. Only Boys Aloud, which has choirs in Wrexham, Rhyl, Caernarfon and Holyhead with a total of 80 members, has received a […]

Housing association’s new deal to build 1,000 new energy efficient homes

A housing association has secured an extra £39 million in funding to build 1,000 new energy efficient homes. According to Cartrefi Conwy Chief Executive Andrew Bowden, the new finance package is a “gamechanger” that will enable the organisation to reach new heights and help kick start the North Wales economy back into life after the […]

Police boss says tough crackdown on Covid rule breakers is essential

A police boss says a new get-tough approach is essential to crack down on Covid rule-breakers who are putting lives at risk. North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones spoke out after “selfish” people flouted the regulations and flocked to beauty spots across the region. On Friday, two people had to be rescued North East […]

Son’s massive relief after his mum, 86, gets covid jab

The son of an 86-year-old care home resident has spoken of his massive relief after his mum was among the first in Wales to be given the Oxford-AstroZeneca vaccine to protect her against the deadly Coronavirus. Mary Willis, who celebrated her birthday on Tuesday, was vaccinated along with 47 other residents of Crosfield House, in […]

Wrexham care home boss Cindy heartbroken after losing 13 residents to Covid-19 

A distraught care home manager says she will never get over the loss of 13 residents whose lives were claimed by Covid-19. Cindy Clutton says she and the rest of her dedicated team at Hillbury Care Home, were “utterly devastated” by the tragic toll as the new highly infectious mutant strain of the virus sweeps […]

Tributes pour in for Flintshire councillor and former editor who has died from Covid

Tributes have been pouring in for Flintshire County Councillor Kevin Hughes who died at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital after a long battle against Covid-19. It came less than three weeks after he delivered a passionate appeal from his hospital bed to people to observe social distancing during the Christmas and New Year period. Kevin, 63, […]

Daughter’s massive relief after mum, 79, gets anti-covid jab

The daughter of a care home resident has spoken of her massive relief after her mother became one of the first in Wales to receive the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine to protect her against deadly Coronavirus. Gwenda Jones, who will be 80 in March, was among 100 residents given the jab arm at the award-winning Bryn […]

Police boss Arfon Jones to step down

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones is standing down. Mr Jones, the region’s second ever police and crime commissioner, has announced he will be retiring at the next election whenever it is held. The former police inspector swept to victory on a Plaid Cymru ticket in 2016 – with a thumping 25,000 majority. According […]

Calls for care home residents to be given “absolute priority” in vaccine roll-out

A social care leader has warned of catastrophic consequences if care home residents are not given “absolute priority” in the roll-out of the newly approved Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, spoke out because of concerns that the vaccine might be too late in reaching uniquely vulnerable residents at […]