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A special thank you for specials

South Wales Police special constables have volunteered over 10,000 hours since lockdown, the force says.

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Key workers join stars in 'Under Milk Wood' arts tribute

A doctor, a vicar and a lawyer who all did amateur dramatics in their youth are among those who have relived those days by performing an extract of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood online.

Key workers were among those taking part alongside stars including actor Michael Sheen, comedian Lloyd Langford and writer/producer Russell T Davies in a YouTube tribute to the power of the arts.

All involved had been members of the Swansea-based West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company, founded in 1975.

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I’ve never wandered far from the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre. My whole life stems from what I learnt as a kid there. So when they got in touch I was straight there.

Russell T DaviesBAFTA-winning writer

Swansea teachers producing PPE

Teachers across Swansea are producing thousands of items of personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers on the front line of the fight against Covid-19.

Schools have been able to respond to emergency calls for items and in one instance 120 visors needed by one local hospital were rushed there within an hour of the call for help being made.

Swansea council’s cabinet member for education improvement, learning and skills, Jennifer Raynor, said: “We all owe a lot to all the front-line workers who are performing heroics and I’m really proud that as well as providing childcare for critical workers, our schools are supporting them in this way.”

The schools in Swansea include Gowerton, Bishopston, Morriston, Gwyr, Bishop Vaughan, Penyrheol, Birchgrove, Cefn Hengoed, Pontarddulais and Bryntawe along with Dwr Y Felin in Neath and there are also links with schools out of the county.

South Wales Police pay their respects

South Wales Police officers pause to remember the coronavirus victims who have served their communities.

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Pictures show progress at Swansea field hospital

Bay Studios on Fabian Way in Swansea is being turned into a field hospital with more than 1,000 beds.

Swansea Council is overseeing construction work at the site, allowing existing hospitals and staff to concentrate on responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

The beds at Bay Studios, if needed, will be for patients who are less ill but not able enough to go home.

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Hospital worker and husband die from virus

A Swansea hospital worker has died after contracting Covid-19.

Sharon Bamford was described as a "dedicated" healthcare assistant who had worked on the haemotology/oncology ward at Singleton Hospital since 2005.

"What makes her death particularly poignant is that it follows the recent death of her much-loved husband, Malcolm, who also succumbed to Covid-19," a statement from the Swansea Bay health board said.

Both had been cared for at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Their son Christian was also treated in hospital but has since been discharged.

Singleton Hospital director Jan Worthing said: “Sharon was highly thought of by all the patients who have used the services and loved by her colleagues and friends within the team.

“Sharon’s sad death will leave a massive void within the team and within the Singleton family."

Sharon and Malcolm Bamford
Bamford family