The Week That Was #352

1. Tre-moon-dous 100 million given to charities from the Moondance Foundation

We’ve been spreading the word about the Moondance Foundation, who are celebrating reaching a significant milestone: £100m in donations to charities and organisations across Wales that are helping change people’s lives for the better. From a charitable gym in Merthyr to a warm hub in Neath which offers yoga and mindfulness lessons to help get vulnerable women off the streets, Moondance Foundation has provided much needed funds to more than 1,500 organisations since it was established by Diane and Henry Engelhardt in 2010. We secured coverage on the mammoth milestone on BBC Radio Wales’ Breakfast show and on ITV News Wales at Six.

2. How the nurses’ strikes are affecting the cardiology sector

December’s nurses’ strikes obviously had a huge impact across the NHS but in specialist care areas like cardiology their impact was particularly concerning. That’s why we pitched a feature idea to the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing discussing the ongoing saga on behalf of our client, medical online learning platform Learna. We wrote the article in collaboration with leadership expect Clare Holt, who heads up the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management at Learna, and in it she discusses how this was a decision that no NHS employees wanted to take, but how it is a stark warning as to how bad the situation has become on the ground. In the feature she also laid out some potential routes back to a scenario where doctors, nurses and paramedics feel safe and valued in their roles. Read the article in the latest issue here.

3. Plant a tree in ’23!

The Woodland Trust in Wales is working with FAW to encourage people in Wales to have a tree planted on their behalf in the National Forest for Wales. In November, members of the Red Wall began planting trees in memory of their loved ones who were no longer here to see Cymru at the World Cup. To let people in Wales know there is still time to have a tree planted in your name, we reached out to FAW again to help promote the My Tree, Our Forest initiative, plant trees, and help fight the effects of climate change. Read the blog at

4. Improving Cancer Outcomes with Moondance

This week we’ve been getting the word out about our client Moondance Cancer Initiative’s efforts to improve cancer outcomes in Wales. Moondance has announced more than £500,000 to invest in seven projects across NHS Wales to make a positive impact on cancer treatments. One such project is Swansea Bay University Health Board’s CanSense, which has helped advance the detection of bowel cancer in colonoscopy surveillance patients. With this latest round of funding there are now 26 active projects being funded by the initiative across Welsh Health Boards. We secured coverage about this exciting development in Monday’s edition of the South Wales Evening Post.

5. Getting your foot in the door with Ffilm Cymru

The last year has been an exceptional one for Welsh film, with productions like His Dark Materials, Sex Education and Willow bringing a buzz. Ffilm Cymru’s Foot In The Door programme helps develop skills and offer opportunities to those with transferrable skills to move into the screen sector and a year long project which has helped 800+ people in Newport has just come to a close. Read all about it in Wales 247 where Alexandria Riley from  The Pact’ champions the project which demystifies careers in TV and film.