Young people

Inspirational duo in line for award after transforming life of autistic boy

Two inspirational speech and language therapists who helped an autistic boy realise his potential by telling him he has a superpower are in the running for a top award. Rebecca Shanks and Dave Hostler have been nominated for the Improving Patient Experience Award in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s staff awards. The hard-working duo, who work […]

Halloween fun in aid of children’s hospice

Ghouls, vampire and zombies are hoping to raise a coffin full of charity cash with a weekend of Halloween fun. Staff at the Frankie & Benny’s restaurant at the Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre in Wrexham are donning scary outfits for a weekend of horror-filled fundraising for children’s hospice Hope House. The organisation needs to raise […]

Big-hearted shoppers boost school’s cash flow

A Wrexham school has improved its cash flow thanks to the generosity of shoppers. Nine pupils from St Giles’ School headed down to Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre to help empty coins from the centre’s water feature. Shoppers have been treating the shallow pool at the top of the centre’s Spanish Steps like a wishing well […]

Migrant football team takes the field to show the red card to hate crime

A football team from Wrexham which includes refugees and migrant players has joined forces with a police boss in a campaign to kick out hate crime. This particularly unpleasant form of crime sees people being targeted because of their physical appearance, race, sexual orientation, gender or disability. Multi-national Bellevue FC, which was formed earlier this […]

Dancing grannies gone bad head for Wrexham

It’s more hip op than hip hop but the dancing grannies who make up the world’s first trolley dance display team are heading for Wrexham. The hilarious Granny Turismo, a group of “grannies gone bad” rampaging around on souped-up shopping trolleys, will be the star attraction at fun-packed student event on October 5. Visitors to the Eagles […]

Son inspires Rachel’s new business making vegan cakes

A mum-of-three has launched a new business making vegan cakes – just a year after she turned her back on animal products. Rachel Burns, 51, from Bwlchgwyn, near Wrexham, was inspired to become a vegan herself by one of her sons who has strong views on the subject. She set up Rachel’s Vegan Cakes in […]

Boys’ choir prepares for moving tribute to iconic poet Hedd Wyn

A boys’ choir will be performing at a moving ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of iconic Welsh poet Hedd Wyn – with the help of cash seized from criminals. Among the members of Only Boys Aloud, which is run by the Aloud charity are singing at the Menin Gate in Ypres in […]

Top builders team with Prince’s Trust to beat construction skills shortage

Leading construction firm The Anwyl Group are teaming up with The Prince’s Trust to help get more young people into construction. The Flintshire-based construction company will this month run a three-week course to give 11 unemployed young people from North East Wales a taste of working life on a construction site. They are working with […]

Taking care of football stars of the future

The junior football team where ex-Wales international and TV pundit Robbie Savage started out is stepping out in style thanks to a leading social care organisation. The Llay Under 8s team, which plays in the Wrexham District Mini League, were in need of a kit so their manager asked locally-based Pendine Park for a financial […]

New bakers honoured as drive is launched to recruit another batch

A talented group of newly-qualified apprentices at a bakery have been hailed as stars of the future by the UK’s top trainer. According to Yvonne Evans, who was crowned Assessor of the Year by the Times Educational Supplement, the seven apprentices at the Village Bakery were “truly exceptional”. As a reward, they were each presented by […]