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Honour the Welsh vibrant culture this St. David’s Day:

The famous celebration of Welsh culture is here

St. David, the patron saint of Wales, was born on the country’s southwestern coast around the 6th century

The saint’s birth year is unknown with certainty, but estimates place it between 462 and 515 A.D.

There are many legends of miracles surrounding St David, with the most famous story being about the saint talking to a large crowd. We can’t hear or see him!” someone shouted from the crowd.

St. David supposedly heard this, and the spot where the saint was standing suddenly became a hill so that everyone could see him.

According to legend, the legendary saint enjoyed a long and fruitful life, passing away at the old age of almost 100.

St. David’s Day, March 1st, is a celebration of the country’s cultural heritage.

Image of St. David with St. David’s Cathedral, which contains the Shrine of St. David

How is St David’s Day celebrated in Swansea?

Swansea’s city council has tried unsuccessfully to have St. David’s Day recognised as a national holiday in Wales

Despite this slight setback, Swansea residents will be celebrating the Welsh patron saint with a night full of feasting, music, and joy in the city’s historic centre.

The UK government has rejected requests to make St David’s Day a national holiday

The festivities in Swansea will begin on 26th February with a St. David’s Day party at the National Waterfront Museum, filled with choirs, dragons, daffodils, and much more.

On the 1st of March, Swansea has planned an exciting day of festivities that includes something for everyone’s interests and tastes leading up to the feast.

Tomos Watkins Brewery hosted a joyful St. David’s Day celebration featuring a concert by the fantastic singers of Morriston Orpheus Choir performing a variety of Welsh songs, hymns, and anthems in honour of the legendary saint.

Welsh cakes, soft drinks, and award-winning ales and ciders were available to enjoy in the warm and inviting bar and tap room.

For a fun and unique way to celebrate St. David’s Day in Swansea, the Durvant Male Choir evening was a must-see.

Feel the relaxing effects of a choir performance inspired by the country’s traditions.

St. David’s Day is a reason for celebration for the staff at Living at Home, it clients and Faith in Families

The Welsh patron saint’s day is being celebrated by our client with Living at Home and Faith in Families.

Since children are the world’s best hope for the future, Logan Goodison offered William James a posy of daffodils to cheer up our clients and make their day.

Logan Goodison said, ‘I’ve been playing computer games all week, but I also enjoy helping people, so it was nice to see my contribution made a difference’.

Living at Home’s Rachel Court with William, Avril, and Logan Goodison

On St David’s Day, Living at Home provided all its clients with a posy of daffodils and cake to put a smile on their faces.

Living at Home was hugely thankful to Lisa Evans, Managing Director of the family-run Baglan Bakery, who provided us with the delicious cupcakes that their clients enjoyed on St. David’s Day.

Living at Home, along with Faith in Families, values the Welsh traditions and supports the cause of making Swansea a better place

As Cherrie Bija, CEO of Faith in Families, said, ‘It is fantastic that the Living at Home team is reaching out across the generations, since providing care and compassion to their clients and reaching out and supporting our charity – Faith in Families – means they are spreading their kindness to children and young people who also deserve to live lives of dignity and respect, making a difference not only to this generation but to future ones to come’.

Throughout the year, Living at Home will organise and participate in several fundraising events, such as the Wadi Rum Trek Challenge, a community cricket match, the wild and daring Krazy Races and a community squash tournament.

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Powerlifting Pensioner

Powerlifting pensioner says ‘keeping fit and healthy won me a gold medal’

77-year-old powerlifter pensioner defeats men who are decades younger.

Despite the odds, Peter Mileham, who ‘recently signed up to a gym to keep fit and healthy’, stunned himself by winning a gold medal, at the age of 77 years old in the Masters 4 category powerlifting tournament at his Preston gym.

A year after his wife, Shelagh, died of cancer in 2017, the powerlifting pensioner became chairman of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation

The Preston-based organisation helps people in Lancashire and South Cumbria get world-class cancer care, but funding has been reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peter began weightlifting at Ashton’s Fitness Gym to keep fit and healthy and also raise money for the cancer charity

He was ecstatic to win his first-ever powerlifting competition there.

He hit three white lights during the competition, which signifies he executed a good lift on every squat, bench press and deadlift.

He also completed personal bests in all three lifts, which earned him the gold medal

Peter Mileham was awarded an OBE

Mr Mileham, Lancashire’s Deputy Lieutenant, who received an OBE in 2016 for his services to the county, said:

‘I certainly didn’t expect to be entering a weightlifting competition at my age, but I train at Fitness, and I have received a lot of encouragement from my trainer, Tom, who always thought I had a great chance of winning and has certainly put me through my paces.’

Peter Mileham – In Uniform

‘For 77, he’s done exceptionally well,’ coach Tom Hulme said. ‘I’m ecstatic for Peter’s performance, especially in such a short period of time.’

Thanks to the help of his coach, Tom, Mr Mileham now has a chance not just to keep fit and healthy but also do well at the British Championships later this year.

Raising funds for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Through donations from family and friends, Mr Mileham was able to raise £3,217 for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

The organisation offers cancer care in Lancashire and worldwide, but during the pandemic, money was a major issue.

‘The pandemic has affected charities across the UK, but the amazing supporters of Rosemere Cancer Foundation have gone above and beyond in their efforts to create new and unique ways of raising vital funds to support local cancer patients.

‘Taking them as my inspiration, I wanted to find my own way to raise some much-needed funds and having recently signed up to a gym to keep fit and healthy, I have come across a newfound skill for weightlifting.’

His daughters and grandchildren are among his most ardent fans.

Peter Mileham concluded, ‘I would like to thank everyone who supported me.

Your sponsorship was an additional motivation in my efforts to literally raise the bar.’

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