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• A Wrexham hotel is supporting a charity that helps those who have experienced domestic abuse.

Ahead of this weekend's Mother's Day, the Ramada Plaza in Wrexham is collecting toiletries for DASU (Domestic Abuse Safety Unit) North Wales.

There will be a donation point in the hotel reception, until Thursday, March 16, for anyone who wants to get involved.

People can donate any unopened toiletries and pamper products, such as deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, to help mothers going through a difficult time to feel special too.

Ramada Plaza Wrexham can be found on Ellice Way, LL13 7YH.

Memory Cafe volunteers Karol Turncliffe, Sandra Moore and Judy McHugh.

Memory Cafe volunteers Karol Turncliffe, Sandra Moore and Judy McHugh.

• A community project has become so successful, organisers are encouraging others to set up their own.

The Memory Cafe, in Penyffordd, is a monthly event that offers a welcoming and supportive social opportunity for people in the area.

Priding itself on being dementia-friendly, volunteers set up at The Millstone restaurant in the village, on the last Friday of every month.

Their most recent event was St David's Day themed, with Welsh music and poetry on offer, as well as homemade bara brith and other festive treats.

Meetings can include games such as draughts, dominoes and cards or show and tell sessions with nostalgic items.

Started just over four years ago, the free sessions are incredibly well attended, and provide a great social opportunity.

While older members of the community and those with dementia attend, it's also well used by carers, providing a great chance to socialise.

Volunteer Judy McHugh is now keen to spread the word and offer support to anyone who would like to set up a Memory Cafe in other parts of the region.

She said: "We have been very successful with ours and would like to share and encourage like minded people in other villages to do the same.

"Community support is becoming more and more important."

For those interested in setting up a Memory Cafe, contact Judy on 07983 628091.

Winners Marcus Hughes and Joe Langford with Ian (Sam) Roberts (centre).

Winners Marcus Hughes and Joe Langford with Ian (Sam) Roberts (centre).

•A Wrexham hospice is to receive a generous donation following a bowling club fundraiser.

The annual Ian (Sam) Roberts Charity Pairs competition took place at Bradley Park Bowling Club earlier this month, with a good field of 30 entries and some top quality bowling on show.

Many of the players have competed recently in the Bradley Winter League, so it was no easy task to get through to the later stages.

Congratulations to winner Marcus Hughes and Joe Langford, who beat Graham Bennett and Brian Salisbury in the final.

Money raised at the event will be presented to Nightingale House Hospice.

Ian and all at the club thank prize sponsors Lee Wright Plumbing & Heating, and Dickens of Wrexham, along with everyone who took part and helped out on what was a cold but very successful day.

Runners up Graham Bennett and Brian Salisbury with Ian (Sam) Roberts (left).

Runners up Graham Bennett and Brian Salisbury with Ian (Sam) Roberts (left).

• A group that raises funds for specialist equipment for the Wrexham Maelor Hospital have made their latest donation.

Wrexham Hospital League of Friends have donated more than £300,000 to the hospital, to enable them to purchase much needed equipment, which would not have been funded through the NHS.

Some of the departments that will benefit will be urology, hepatology, cardiology, dermatology, Samaritan Ward, replacement equipment for General Theatre A, and many more

Chairman Margaret Bryden said: "Bala Branch of Wrexham Hospital League of Friends have always made significant donations over many years and this year is no exception, with a donation of £16,000. We are very grateful for their support.

"Also we were very pleased to receive the support of Radio Maelor, with a donation of £12,000."

She added: "It has not been easy fundraising over the last two years, as we weren't able to hold our usual fundraising events due to the covid pandemic. Also our shops had to close, which is our main source of income.

"I am pleased to report our shops are now open for the benefit of patients visitors and staff and I would like to thank our shop staff and our wonderful volunteers.

"Many thanks must go to our donators, and I can assure them every donation made goes to buy equipment for the Maelor Hospital."

• A Wrexham-based charity has been recognised as a group that helps to create positive change.

TCC (Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru/Together Creating Communities) have been recognised as one of 100 Future Generations Changemakers at an awards ceremony at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

The Changemaker list consists of 100 individuals and organisations large and small, that are seen to be making a positive difference to the world.

TCC was founded in 1995, and is the UK’s oldest community organising group. They tackle social injustice by supporting diverse communities to gain the power they need to enact change. This is accomplished through community organising - bringing together local groups, so they can set their own agenda, take action, and improve their communities.

Future Generations commissioner Sophie Howe said: “This event is about recognising just some of the people demonstrating what happens when we put wellbeing first, work together and consider the long-term implications of our actions, and highlights the need to support changemakers so they can improve society for everyone.

"The Future Generations Changemaker 100 is merely a snapshot of Wales’ brilliant changemakers, and we want others to share the people who inspire them, and keep the momentum going for now and for future generations.”

TCC said it was an “honour and a privilege” to be part of the event, which “encompassed so many striving for positive societal change”.