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How a herd of goats raised £50,000 for a hospice in Wales

The goats took over the town amid lockdown and one hospice had a brilliant idea

Man's body found in police HQ car park

Police Divisional headquarters in Llay
Police Divisional headquarters in Llay

In other news, the body of a man has been found in a vehicle in a police headquarters car park.

The man's body was found yesterday at the Police Divisional HQ in Llay, Wrexham, at about 09:45 BST.

The man has been identified and was local, not a member of North Wales Police, and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

The coroner has been informed.

Town crier: 'We should remember those who lost their lives'

Billy Baxter, Llandudno

People in a street in Llandudno have held their own community silence to mark the anniversary of VE Day.

Residents of Queens Gardens, stood in the street and fell silent at 11:00.

The silence was organised by Billy Baxter, the town crier of Llandudno, who lives in the street, and has also been co-ordinating the weekly clap for carers on Thursday evenings.

“We’ve had such a community spirit in the street over the last few weeks when applauding key workers in the NHS and elsewhere that it seemed to be a good idea to carry it on to mark VE Day," he said.

“I work for the charity Blind Veterans, and served in the forces myself, so was keen that we should remember those who lost their lives in the Second World War."

St David's Hospice faces £1m loss

St David's Hospice
St David's Hospice

North Wales charity St David’s Hospice has announced it will face a total financial loss of over £1m this year, even with government help.

The charity says it will not recover these losses in 2020 having been forced to cancel all its summer events and close 26 charity shops and two cafes in Llandudno and Llangefni.

Trystan Pritchard, chief executive, said: “Our much-loved local hospice is in a fight for its survival.

"We have faced difficult financial challenges in the past, but nothing as extensive as the losses we face due to Covid-19.

"At the very start of the pandemic, we had no choice but to send our income generation and volunteer workforce home. This means that 90% of our income will be lost in the months of May, June and July and there is no telling how long it might take to get back to where need to be.

"I know now that we will be £1 million short of what we need to run the hospice this year, even after the government’s announcement of help.”

Last month, the Welsh Government announced a specific fund of £6.3m to help UK hospices to keep clinical services running throughout the pandemic.

Of this, £600,000 has been allocated to St David’s Hospice to support its clinical provision costs for the months of April, May and June.

Beyond that, the hospice says it must "rely on the communities it serves to keep its doors open in the future".

Llandudno drive-through testing centre opens

A new drive-through testing centre has opened in Llandudno.

It will be used for key workers to be tested for coronavirus.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said the facility, at the Builder Street coach park, would make a huge difference after demand in the area increased.

Covid-19 cases are expected to peak in late May in north Wales, with over 3,000 expected to be in need of hospital treatment, according to health board documents.

Teresa Owen, the board's executive director of public health, said: "It's hard to say at the moment when the peak will be, and I suspect as things change we'll see little peaks now and again."

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North Wales drive-through test centre to open

A drive-through testing centre for people with suspected coronavirus will open in north Wales tomorrow.

The facility will open at Builder Street coach park, in Llandudno, on Wednesday.

NHS staff, police, firefighters and care home workers showing symptoms associated with the virus will be the first to be tested at the site.

They will be able to drive on to the site and self-swab without leaving their vehicles, North Wales Resilience Forum said.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Executive Director of Public Health, Teresa Owen, said the new facility would play "an integral part" in the region's response to the pandemic.

North Wales Police's Assistant Chief Constable, Sacha Hatchett, who chairs the North Wales Resilience Forum, added, “The demand for coronavirus testing amongst our critical workers is growing.

"This new centre allows us to provide coronavirus testing in a convenient, timely and, above all else, a safe way for all involved in the process.”

A nurse tests someone through their car window
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Similar drive-through facilities have already opened in Swansea