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George 'The Dolphin' swims 23 miles and raises £215

We would like to say a big thank-you to George 'The Dolphin' who swam a massive 23 miles (the width of the English channel) in aid of Ponthafren Association.

George has, so far, raised a huge £215 for Ponthafren, we are grateful to everyone who donated!

Well done George!

AED from Rory Evans and Morrisons Newtown

We are extremely grateful to Rory Evans and Morrisons Newtown for their donation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to our Newtown Centre.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.

SCA usually causes death if it's not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person's life.

We are sure that the device will prove extrememly valuable to Ponthafren and the Newtown town centre. Thank you Rory and Morrisons!

The Visitors

We have an open door policy at Ponthafren Newtown, so we're always happy for visitors to come and go. Everyone is welcome...

...including the local wildlife!

Our volunteer maintained sensory garden is a magnet for all kinds of wildlife, but we have recently been receiving visits from a very special visitor. An otter is making regular visits in around our riverside garden.

Otters almost disappeared from England & Wales in the 1970's after pesticides routinely used three decades ago brought their numbers to near extinction levels and it is wonderful to see them back on the River Severn. We often see members of the public looking over the bridge at the otters as they go about their business.

Not just otters are visiting though, many different birds are seen on a regular basis. Most recently a Heron made a stir by using our pontoon as a viewpoint.

It is a wonderful sign that the River Severn is healthy enough to support an amazing range of flora and fauna.

Grant for Ponthafren

We have been extremely lucky to receive grant funding from the Morrisons Foundation towards our Volunteer for Well-being Project.

We also received donations from EOM, Mirrens, Rory Evans and Llanidloes Rotary Club together with those from organisations, groups, the public and our members. People also undertake sponsored events, others make items for sale and many pay extra for various products purchased here. Donations such as these help us carry out the vital support that we are able to offer people of the local community, who experience mental health issues,
or are socially isolated or just need some support in certain times of their lives.

We are very grateful that we have been chosen for these kind donations.

Tim Halford Birthday Donation

Tim Halford, a former Ponthafren Chairperson, decided for his 70th Birthday that he would request donations for Ponthafren Association towards their counselling service.

Tim’s Birthday Fund has raised a massive total of £2,362.50.

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