uPDATES FROM YOUR HIGH SHERIFF

This year has been a strange one and a lot of my duties have been postponed as we all fight this pandemic by staying home and staying safe. However, in these last few months of 2020 I have been able to give back to some of the heroes that have gone above and beyond during this pandemic. The High Sheriff Awards recognize the exceptional service and outstanding performance of duties for individuals, to the community during these uncertain COVID-19 times. Below is a few of the recipients of the awards:

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

The special response vehicle team
The special response vehicle team

Revd Heather Weddell
Revd Heather Weddell

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

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  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board team members Darrell Baker, Emma Cooke, Chris Fegan, Ben Hope-Gill, Kay Jeynes, Chris Lewis, Tracy Meredith, Sara Sturdy and Huw Williams were awarded. More Information can be found HERE. They held a Zoom call to celebrate the awards:

  • Andrew Howell, High Sheriff South Glamorgan 20/21 and Jason Edwards, High Sheriff Mid Glamorgan 20/21 with Chief Superintendent Andrew Valentine and Sergeant Carl Morgan, honoring the Special Response Vehicle team

  • Cardiff Met University staff who throughout have worked tirelessly throughout this crisis.

  • Paul Gwilym from Boomerang Cardiff, a local charity for local people. A non-profit organization with the objective to provide relief or prevent poverty, by providing items & services to families in need. More Information can be found HERE.

  • Paul Ames behalf of Cardiff Saracens RFC, to their Players, supporters and friends & family, who have been fundraising throughout this pandemic for the Cardiff Foodbank, and raised a tremendous £1,705. More information can be found HERE.

  • Michael Jeffery from Cardiff City FC 

  • Neil Binnell, Director at South Riverside Community Development Centre. SRCDC was established for the purpose of benefiting the communities in the Riverside, Canton and Grangetown areas. Their aims are to advance the education of the public in matters related to mental, physical, cultural, and social welfare; and to relieve poverty. More information can be found HERE.

  • Cllr Norma Mackie, a sitting Councillor for the ward of Cathays, but also a retired nurse. At the outset of the pandemic she volunteered to return to duty, and has been doing shifts at Cardiff & Vale Health Board, and is now receiving training to administer the vaccine; she has also been volunteering with the Council’s own food parcel operation during this time.

  • Malcom Chalk, RCN. 

  • Sujatha Thaladi and the team at The Mentor Ring. The Mentor Ring’s mission is to provide mentoring support and guidance to people of all ages and backgrounds, helping them to overcome significant barriers to social inclusion. They help individuals and communities to tackle their personal challenges – whether it is in health & wellbeing, education, training, employment or settling in the UK. More information can be found HERE.

  • Roman Larionov, Food for Life Wales. Food For Life Wales seeks to ensure that no one in South Wales goes hungry or is malnourished. They manage a volunteer-based distribution network that offers wholesome, plant-based meals for anyone experiencing food poverty or struggling to meet their nutritional needs. More information can be found HERE.

  • Moorland Community Centre team. Since the start of the COVID19 pandemic, they were able to adapt their lunch club to a Mobile Lunch. Throughout the year they have been able to provide over 6,500 lunches and food parcels to their pensioners. The focus of their work is to help reduce isolation & loneliness, boost morale and to support & care for their pensioners in their local community. More information can be found HERE

  • New Pathways aims to provide the best possible range and quality of support services for women, men, children and young people who have experienced trauma or sexual violence, whether recently or in the past, to promote education and research into the effects of sexual abuse, and raise awareness of sexual violence amongst all sectors of society. New Pathways’ Vision is ‘A World Without Sexual Violence’. More information can be found HERE.

  • Becky Morgan, Vale Foodbank Manager. "We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK." More information can be found HERE.

  • Revd Heather Weddell

  • Martin Letton, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust: Mark Cadman, Area manager for C&V said; "at the start of the pandemic over one year ago, it was recognized that the demand on the logistical element of WAST would be stretched. Martin lent into this and developed a successful tracking and disposition methodology for the whole Area supporting both EMS and NEPTS. I can honestly say that, without Martin’s can do attitude and willingness to go the extra mile, we would have found the last year even more challenging. His work has meant that all aspects of logistical management of stock and PPE in particular, have been managed with consistency and professionalism. I congratulate him wholeheartedly for his sterling efforts upholding the WAST behaviours in all that he has done."

  • CCAWS Team: We were absolutely delighted and overwhelmed to receive your award, and wanted to offer our thanks and gratitude to you for recognizing the work of CCAWS – Community Care & Wellbeing Service. As a small community led organization in Cardiff, we have been working tirelessly since the onset of the COVID pandemic, remaining open and operational throughout. The pandemic has taken its toll on people’s mental health and wellbeing, resulting in a 4-fold increase in demand for our services. Your recognition and appreciation means the world to us, and we hope that you will continue to support us.

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The High Sheriff Magazine, Winter 2020 Edition. 

On Sunday the 8th November I was honoured to be invited to lay a wreath at the Cowbridge Remembrance Day service and then again on Wednesday 11th November, to lay one at Barry's Remembrance Day service. 

The dead and the injured from too many conflicts must always be remembered to help peace prevail.

"They gave their tomorrow so we could have today"

Lest We Forget 

On Saturday 15th August myself, First Minister Mark Drakeford, Lord Lieutenant Morfudd Meredith, Assistant Chief Constable of South Wales Police and Raj Aggarwal celebrated Indian Independence day. A wonderful day, even with the Welsh rain.

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On the 20th of July, I was visited by Vaughan Gething at BCB International where he showed his support for our Welsh NHS Hero's poem as well as the production of Hand Sanitiser and PPE we have begun since this pandemic began.

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On the 2nd of July, I supported the purchase of a new bicycle for local environmental activist, Rob Smitham. Rob’s previous bike was stolen and the Community fundraised to purchase a new bicycle. ‬Rob was also thrilled with his first aid kit donated by BCB International.

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Declaration 2020

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Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Andrew Howell's Declaration Ceremony  was postponed, as are his public duties.

However, on 18/03/2020 Andrew took the oath in front of His Honor Judge Twomlow and Magistrate Jeff Edwards JP, and was declared as South Glamorgan's High Sheriff 2020.

During these troubling times, Andrew is working on ensuring our incredible NHS, police force and emergency services are kept safe and to help protect them. 

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