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The recent Gwynedd SANDS section of the WHY17 campaign run by National SANDS took place on Saturday the 6th June where a petition demanding more care for pre and neo-natal births plus more midwives was carried to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd - the first section of the journey - before ultimately ending up at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. First there was a balloon release outside the Maternity unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor at 9.30am followed by a breakfast at the cafe kindly provided by the hospital. Alun then ran from the hospital to Bangor railway station. On the train was Ogwen the Dragon who amused other passangers with its antics. On arrival at Llandudno Junction Claire and John took over with Claire escorting Ogwen on the bus to Llandudno. At Llandudno Ogwen had a little walk about the streets while Paul cycled to Rhos on Sea, here he met up with Berwyn who took over and cycled on to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Here he was met by Ogwen the Dragon who had made its own way there. Members of Gwynedd SANDS then went up to the Maternity ward in the hospital to inform the staff of our efforts.

All in all it was a very enjoyable day considering the weather - very blustery with showers, and a considerable number of petition sheets were filled in. Many thanks to all who turned up to support and take part


Trying to recapture lost balloons in the chapel Hospital

Ogwen the Dragon with Alun and Elen

 Carrying the balloons outside

Having breakfast in Ysbyty Gwynedd kindly provided by the hospital

 Outside the Maternity entrance

Balloon release

Balloon release

Balloon release

Balloon release

Balloon release

After the balloon release

Alun getting ready to run to Bangor railway station

Bangor railway station

John and Claire at Llandudno railway station

Claire and Ogwen on the bus to Llandudno

Paul getting ready to cycle to Rhos on Sea


Berwyn and Paul at Rhos on Sea

Berwyn arriving at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd having ridden from Rhos on Sea

Berwyn and Paul with Ogwen outside Ysbyty Glan Clwyd

Berwyn with the petition



With staff at the Maternity Ward, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd