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Quatros £30,000 pledge to help NSPCC support young people



SWANSEA company Quatro Gymnastics has pledged to raise £30,000 for the NSPCC to help it still be here for children and young people when they need it most as part of new partnership with the children’s charity.
The money raised by gymnastics clothing company Quatro will help fund the NSPCC’s Childline service for a whole day as part of the charity’s One Unforgettable Day initiative.

Childline serves children and young people across Wales who can contact the helpline confidentially about anything worrying them. Trained counsellors hear from children every day who are being abused, suffering from mental health issues, or struggling to cope.

The service received 2,793 contacts during April – July of this year, following the national lockdown, from children and young people living in Wales and more than a thousand of those contacts related to mental and emotional wellbeing.
It costs the charity, which relies on public donations for 90% of its income, £4 to answer a child’s call to Childline, which is why fundraising and the support of businesses like Quatro is so crucial.

Quatro is hoping to raise funds with a competition for young people to design a special edition leotard for Christmas, which will be sold on its website, with half of all the proceeds going towards its £30,000 target.
The competition is being launched today (Friday 9 October) in a video by Team GB’s first ever Olympic trampolinist, Bryony Page, who will judge the entries.
It’s free to enter, with an optional £1 donation to Quatro’s fundraising page. The entry form can be downloaded here.
The launch coincides with the NSPCC’s Parents in Sport Week that aims to make sports safer for children and young people by raising awareness of safeguarding standards in sports clubs and encouraging positive parental involvement in youth sports.

The campaign has been backed by sports stars and clubs from across Wales including Swansea City AFC, the Ospreys, Sam Warburton, and Wales Rugby League.
Parents in Sport Week encourages parents to make ‘The Sports Parents Promise’ – an online commitment that encourages parents to be a positive influence when watching their child’s sport and more aware of how to check a club’s safeguarding procedures.

Quatro is supporting Parents in Sport Week and as part of the new partnership it has made a commitment to help educate children and parents who engage in sport around safeguarding online, by sharing online safety information and resources about keeping children safe in sport with its customers.

Former British international gymnast from Swansea and founder of Quatro, Joanna Vazquez, says: “Children in sport are the heartbeat of our organisation, seeing them enjoying sport, keeping active, making friends and developing life skills in a safe and positive environment is pivotal and something we are passionate about supporting.”
Laura Whapham is based in Swansea for the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit. She added: “The NSPCC is thrilled to have partnered with a brand that recognises the influence and reach it has to share important messages about keeping children safe.

“The partnership with Quatro will ensure both children and parents have access to information that will help safeguard them when taking part in sport and in the virtual world.
“The money raised by Quatro will ensure that children can still access support when they need it.”
Childline is available for young people on 0800 1111 or at
The NSPCC and the British Athletes Commission (BAC) jointly set up a dedicated support helpline to offer gymnasts a free, confidential space to talk about any worries they have. The helpline is available on 0800 056 0566 from 8am-10pm on weekdays and 9am-6pm on weekends and via


The Range’s Swansea Store Shortlisted for ‘Best Christmas Display’



Christmas has arrived early for The Range stores in Wales, boasting gigantic displays of all-things festive! The Range is well known for going all out during the Christmas season to create a fun and magical experience full of trees, lights, decorations and much more for their customers to enjoy and this year is no exception. The Range in Swansea surpassed expectations with a display so great, it’s left them shortlisted for ‘Best Christmas Display’ out of all The Range’s 182 stores.

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Local coronavirus restrictions imposed to control outbreaks in South Wales



Coronavirus laws are being tightened in four more Welsh authorities – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport – following a sharp rise in cases, Health Minister Vaughan Gething today announced.

The new measures will come into force at 6pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020, to protect people’s health and control the spread of the virus in the four local authority areas.

The new restrictions will apply to everyone living in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport:

People will not be allowed to enter or leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education;
People will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors for the time being. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households;
All licensed premises will have to close at 11pm;
Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public areas – as is the case across Wales.
From 6pm on Tuesday 22 September, the requirement for all licensed premises to close at 11pm will also be extended to Caerphilly borough.

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, said:

“Following the decision to place additional coronavirus restrictions in place in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf, we have seen a worrying and rapid rise in cases in four other south Wales council areas – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport.

“In many cases, this is linked to people socialising indoors without social distancing. We are seeing evidence of coronavirus spreading. We need to take action to control and, ultimately, reduce its spread and protect people’s health.

“It’s always a difficult decision to introduce restrictions but coronavirus has not gone away – it is still circulating in communities across Wales and, as we are seeing in parts of South Wales, small clusters can quickly cause real issues in local communities.

“We need everyone’s help to bring coronavirus under control. We need everyone to pull together and to follow the measures which are there to protect you and your loved ones.”

The restrictions are being introduced following a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases in coronavirus, which have been linked to people meeting indoors, not following social distancing guidelines and returning from summer holidays overseas.

The Welsh Government will call an urgent meeting of all local authority, health board and police forces from Bridgend to the English border tomorrow to discuss the wider situation in South Wales and whether further measures are needed across the region to protect people’s health.

The new local restrictions measures will be kept under regular review. They will be enforced by local authorities and by the police.

Keep Wales safe by:

Always keeping your distance
Washing your hands regularly
Working from home wherever you can
Following any local restrictions
Following the rules about meeting people
Staying at home if you or anyone in your extended household has symptoms.

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Welsh legislation will restrict those travelling from hotspot areas



MARK Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, has today announced legislation which will restrict those coming from coronavirus hotspot’s from travelling to Wales.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has refused to impose rules which prohibit those from areas where the infection rate is high from entering low virus rate areas’s.

Mr Drakeford has made two requests to the Prime Minister requesting to impose rules which will mean those from high virus areas in England be prohibited from travelling to Wales, a request which has been denied by Mr Johnson.

The powers set by Mr Drakeford will come into force by the end of the week, unless Boris Johnson takes action sooner.

Speaking at the Plenary today, Mr Drakeford made the announcement, stating if Mr Johnson does not reply to his request by Friday then The Welsh Government will bring in legislation to restrict travel from those in English lockdown areas travelling to Wales.

Mr Drakeford said this was not a case of all those from England being restricted travel to Wales, just hotspot areas.

He said: “Evidence from public health professionals suggests coronavirus is moving from east to west across the UK and across Wales. As a general rule, it is concentrating in urban areas and then spreading to more sparsely populated areas as a result of people travelling.

“Much of Wales in now subject to local restriction measures because levels of the virus have risen and people living in those areas are not able to travel beyond their county boundary without a reasonable excuse. This is designed to prevent the spread of infection within Wales and to other areas of the UK.

“We are preparing to take this action to prevent people who live in areas where there are higher Covid infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales and bringing the virus with them.

“I am determined to keep Wales safe.”

The legislation, which is understood to come into force Friday, October 16 at 6pm, will mean those travelling to Wales from areas of England which are classed as virus hotspot’s will be restricted.

The new legislation also restricts those travelling into Wales from high virus prevalence areas from Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament – Paul Davies MS – has rounded on the First Minister over a ban on people entering Wales from England, and the Labour Party’s inability or unwillingness to publish comprehensive data proving that transmission rates are accelerating due to travel.

Mr Davies took the First Minister to task during Plenary today (October 14), and referred to a statement made by the leader of the Labour Party on September 23 when he said that the Welsh Government was not seeing any spikes at all in infection due to travel and tourism.

Mr Davies said that the people of Wales deserve to have sight of the data that underpins the Welsh Labour-led Government’s position on this matter, so that they can be confident that the Government’s actions are proportionate to the threat of the virus in their area.

Mr Davies also referred to a paper that accompanied the First Minister’s letter to the Prime Minister yesterday, a paper – that was not peer-reviewed – that confirms the data “…does not constitute definitive proof” in favour of a travel ban.

Mr Davies said: “The First Minister and his Government have acted rashly and without examining a range of other factors before a conclusion on whether to impose a travel ban or not is reached, while at the same time seemingly ignoring the fact that transmission rates in relation to travel had already peaked in August and September.

“It is incumbent on the First Minister to explain just why he has chosen to act in this way, and what supporting evidence he and his Ministers have seen to justify a ban and then publish it so it can be properly scrutinised.

“If he cannot or will not, then he must review and rescind this ban immediately.”

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