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Josey V-Hughes is a journalist based in Carmarthen, United Kingdom.

McDonald’s opens first net-zero restaurant - blueprint for the future or greenwashing?

10 Dec 2023  |  euronews
McDonald's has opened its first net-zero carbon restaurant in Shropshire, UK, featuring on-site renewable energy and sustainable building materials. Despite this, the company faces accusations of greenwashing from environmental groups like Greenpeace UK, as the bulk of its emissions come from its meat and dairy supply chain. The new restaurant is part of McDonald's goal to make all new builds net-zero by 2030. However, the company's larger carbon footprint is linked to its role as a major beef purchaser, with plans to reach net-zero in its supply chain only by 2050. The article also mentions the launch of the McPlant burger, a plant-based option developed in partnership with Beyond Meat, which has received mixed reviews and is seen as a step towards more vegan options at McDonald's.

Cake sale raises £1,000 for head and neck cancer services

01 Oct 2023  |  www.inyourarea.co.uk
Nicola Martin-Davies and her colleagues at Penygroes School raised £1,000 for the Head and Neck Cancer Service at Glangwili Hospital. Nicola, who received exceptional care from the service, led the fundraising effort by organizing a cake sale. The funds will help provide additional services and support for head and neck cancer patients beyond what the NHS typically offers. Anwen Butten, a clinical nurse specialist, expressed gratitude for the donation, emphasizing its importance for patient care and recovery.

Motorcycling group appeals for gifts for young patients in Carmarthen and Haverfordwest

01 Oct 2023  |  www.inyourarea.co.uk
The 3 Amigos Motorcycle Group is organizing a charity toy run on December 10 to collect and deliver toys for young patients in Carmarthen and Haverfordwest. The event supports the Wish Fund, Cilgerran Ward in Glangwili Hospital, and Action for Children. The group will collect donations at various locations in Pembrokeshire throughout October and November. The toy run aims to bring Christmas cheer to children in hospitals, with a final delivery on December 17. The initiative is praised for its positive impact on the community and children's services in the Hywel Dda region.

The Blue Paradox: Immersive Experience on Ocean Plastic Crisis Hits London

15 Sep 2023  |  euronews
The Blue Paradox is an immersive experience currently in London, focusing on the ocean plastic crisis. This free exhibition, which has gained popularity on TikTok, features 360-degree digital projections to educate visitors about the impact of plastic waste on the ocean. SC Johnson launched the exhibition in partnership with Conservation International, aiming to raise awareness and encourage action towards a waste-free world. For every attendee, SC Johnson donates to Conservation International to protect a square kilometre of the ocean. The event has been well-received, with visitors finding it enlightening and thought-provoking. The exhibition is open for only four more days, and tickets are available online.

NHS organisation funds Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for patients

07 Jul 2023  |  www.inyourarea.co.uk
Hywel Dda Health Charities, funded by donations, is providing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help patients manage menopause symptoms exacerbated by anti-cancer treatments for breast cancer. The therapy offers strategies for dealing with anxiety, depression, and physiological issues. Both Linsey Jones and Sally-Ann Rolls have praised the initiative for its positive impact on patients' lives. Nicola Llewelyn, head of the charity, expressed gratitude for the community's support, which allows the provision of services beyond what the NHS can offer in the Hywel Dda region.

Bingo evening raises £2,000 for Special Care Baby Unit

16 Mar 2023  |  inyourarea.co.uk
Alun and Sian Thomas organized a bingo evening that raised £2,000 for the Special Care Baby Unit at Glangwili Hospital, with additional support for Wales Air Ambulance and the Special Care Baby Unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital. The event was a gesture of thanks for the care their son Cai received during his six weeks in SCBU. Nicola Llewelyn of Hywel Dda Health Charities praised the community's support, which enhances services beyond what the NHS provides.

Hywel Dda Health Charities' annual pet competition is back

28 Feb 2023  |  www.inyourarea.co.uk
The Hywel Dda Health Charities has launched its 2023 Pet Competition, inviting the public to enter their pets in various categories to win prizes and raise funds for NHS patients, service users, and staff in the Hywel Dda area. The competition includes categories such as Cutest Dog, Cutest Cat, Cutest Other Pet, and Best Dressed Pet, with entries closing on February 28, 2023. Winners will be chosen through a public online voting poll, and first-place prizes are donated by local businesses. Diane Henry-Thomas, fundraising support officer, expressed excitement about the event and gratitude for the community's continued support.

Patient donates £4,000 to Ward 3 in Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest

19 Aug 2022  |  inyourarea.co.uk
Ivor Godsmark donated £4,000 to Ward 3's Frailty Assessment Unit at Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, as a gesture of gratitude for the care he received during his five-week stay. Senior Sister Lisa Marshall and fundraising officer Katie Hancock both expressed their heartfelt thanks for Godsmark's generosity, which is set to benefit patients, their families, and staff on the ward.

Vintage machinery preservation society raises funds for chemotherapy unit

29 May 2022  |  www.inyourarea.co.uk
The Teifi Valley Vintage Preservation Society successfully raised over £10,000 at their vintage show, with £3,500 specifically allocated to the chemotherapy day unit at Glangwili Hospital. Other beneficiaries included the Oxygen Therapy Centre, Wales Air Ambulance, and Troedyraur YFC. The funds will enhance patient experiences and support various health-related projects. The society expressed gratitude to all supporters, and the lead cancer nurse highlighted the positive impact of such fundraising efforts.

McDonald’s new solar powered restaurant branded ‘McGreenwash’ by Greenpeace

10 Dec 2021  |  www.euronews.com
McDonald's has opened its first net-zero restaurant in Shropshire, UK, featuring solar panels, wind turbines, and recycled materials. Despite these efforts, Greenpeace criticizes the initiative as 'McGreenwash' due to the company's significant meat and dairy operations, which contribute heavily to its carbon footprint. The article highlights the disparity between McDonald's consumer-facing sustainability actions and its broader environmental impact. Additionally, the launch of the McPlant burger, a vegan option, has received mixed reviews, with some questioning the company's commitment to addressing climate change.

Guidelines for Reporting on Suicide

01 Jun 2021  |  www.journalism.co.uk
The article discusses the sensitive nature of reporting on suicide and the impact that journalists' choices of words and images can have on families and vulnerable individuals. Cristiana Bedei, writing for IJNet, provides guidelines for journalists to consider when covering stories about suicide. The article highlights the importance of avoiding certain terms that could discourage people from seeking help for suicidal thoughts, as advised by Natasha Devon, the founder of the Mental Health Media Charter. The article also promotes IJNet's free daily newsletter.

Tip: Make your work experience count

28 May 2021  |  www.journalism.co.uk
The article discusses the importance of work experience in the field of journalism. It highlights the perspective of Natasha Preskey, a freelance writer and editor, who shares her experience with Waitrose Food and how it helped her establish a career in journalism. Preskey emphasizes the necessity of perseverance and the willingness to persistently reach out to industry professionals. The article also mentions GoThinkBig, an online platform that offers advice on work experience opportunities. The piece concludes with an invitation for readers to sign up for a free daily newsletter.

Tip: How to stay connected during virtual conferences

20 May 2021  |  journalism.co.uk
Journalists can stay connected during virtual conferences, which have become more common due to in-person restrictions, by using apps like Slack or Hangouts. These platforms allow for more intimate and detailed conversations compared to social media options like Facebook groups or Twitter. Melody Kramer has emphasized the benefits of chat rooms or regular Hangouts for journalists to maintain connections when in-person meetings are not possible.

How to set up your home studio on a budget

18 May 2021  |  www.journalism.co.uk
The article provides a guide for journalists on setting up a home studio for video production, with tips from Bianca-Maria Rathay, founder of So Handy. It covers the importance of deciding on the studio's requirements, creating a consistent recording space with good acoustics, choosing the right lighting, selecting an appropriate background, ensuring high-quality video production, and capturing clear audio. The article emphasizes the need for a well-lit, clutter-free environment and offers practical advice such as using the three-point lighting technique, cleaning the camera lens, using airplane mode during recording, and eliminating background noise for better audio. It also mentions upcoming Newsrewired panels and workshops and promotes a free daily newsletter.

Downright discrimination: Abortion case heads to high court.

10 May 2021  |  Media outlet for Broadcasting & Journalism
The article discusses the upcoming High Court review of the UK's abortion laws, specifically the clause that allows abortions up until birth in cases of fetal disability. Campaigners Heidi Crowter and Maire Lea Wilson are challenging this aspect of the law. Maire Lea Wilson, whose son has Down syndrome, shares her personal experience of being offered a termination late in her pregnancy and her subsequent decision to give birth. She talks about the challenges and joys of raising a child with Down syndrome. Another perspective is provided by Emily Saer, who has cerebral palsy and expresses her disgust at the current abortion clause for disabilities. The case is scheduled to be heard on July 6th and 7th.

Emily Saer completing the Red Warrior challenge

11 Feb 2020  |  Media outlet for Broadcasting & Journalism
Emily Saer, a woman from Carmarthen with cerebral palsy, has defied expectations by completing the Red Warrior Challenge, a 5k obstacle race. Despite being told she would never walk, attend mainstream school, drive, or live independently, Emily has overcome these predictions. Her participation in the race was aimed at raising money for the cerebral palsy charity, Bobath Cymru. Emily's journey into fitness and her success in the challenge serve as an inspiration to others with disabilities, demonstrating that limitations can be surpassed with determination and effort.

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