What’s been a happening?




On Saturday 5th October a March was held from Barry Hospital to the Square. Over 100 members of the public joined in the March which ended in a rally with speeches. The Staff on the Ward thanked, in particular, the Soroptimists for their support. TV and press were present and helped raise the profile of the campaign to Save the Sam Davies Ward. Soroptimists Gail  and Jackie took this opportunity to collect more signatures for the petition. In total Soroptimists have now collected 2,226 signatures for the petition as well as encouraging many to sign the e petition.



Soroptimists Support the Sam Davies Ward.

Members of the Barry & District Soroptimists gathered at Hilary West’s Florist to show their support for the Sam Davies Ward and discuss future actions in the campaign to oppose the Ward’s closure. They were joined by Alun Cairns MP and Leighton Rowlands, Councillor for the Dyfan Ward, who both oppose any closure proposals. SI Barry & District President, Norma Reynolds expressed the feelings of the Club when she said  “We are concerned and dismayed regarding the proposed shutting of The Sam Davies Ward, Barry Hospital. The Soroptimists have forged a close relationship with the Ward over the past few years supporting the innovative ideas of Sister Linda Edwards. We have seen the staff on the Sam Davies Ward introducing a varied programme of activities for patients to ensure that they have a stimulating environment during their stay at the hospital and do not spend endless days in bed. We have been extremely impressed by the high standard of care for patients and support given to Carers”.

Since the announcement of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s reorganisation plans, Soroptimists have been actively involved in gathering signatures for the petition and to date have obtained 1,200 alone from Soroptimists, friends and family. Hilary West whose “Save the Sam Davies Banner” is strategically placed outside of her shop opposite the Barry Hospital said “ In the Florist our customers have been only too eager to sign the petition. The Sam Davies Ward is held in high regard. This Ward is undoubtedly an asset to the residents of Barry and the Vale, being readily accessible and well supported by the local community”.

A number of Club members have had personal experience of family, friends and neighbours being cared for on the Ward. Soroptimist Jackie Memory said “ Having visited friends on the Ward on a number of occasions I have seen the comfort it has brought them from being  in a hospital in  their own home town where friends and family can pop in regularly. The  warm, personal atmosphere of the Ward and the dedication of the staff make this a very special Ward

On September 23rd  1.30 – 3pm there will be a public consultation meeting held in the Glamorgan Suite at The Memo. The Barry & District Soroptimists encourage all those who are able to attend, to join them at this meeting and express their views on the proposals to close the Sam Davies Ward.


Soroptimists on a mission!

 Barry & District Soroptimists support the campaign to prevent closure of the Sam Davies Ward.

Sam Davies Ward is a 23 bedded older persons acute rehabilitation ward. The services include stroke rehabilitation, orthopaedic rehabilitation, and medical rehabilitation amongst other key health services. The ward also has two respite beds and receives referrals from the community as well as  other sites. Cardiff & Vale UHB are proposing to close this essential community facility.


Soroptimist members have been busy collecting signatures from  family, friends, neighbours and link groups. In the first fortnight members have collected 620 signatures. Forms have also been distributed to various outlets in Barry e.g The Colcot Co-op, The Cheery Orchard pub, PJ Miller Car Sales, Hilary West Florist, Marcos on Barry Island… We have been able to distribute forms to other individuals who have wished to knock on doors and visit shops. If anyone wishes to have petition forms please contact Jackie Memory. Signatures are needed from all parts of the Vale not just Barry.

The e-petition went on line on 23/07/2019 and will close on 30/09/2019.  In a week there have been 507 signatures. Members are urged to  pass on  the word for people to sign – Google E- petition The Sam Davies Ward, Barry Hospital – National Assembly for Wales.  People have signed from outside of the Vale ( possibly relatives of those patients who have stayed on the Ward and live away). If someone has signed the paper petition they should not sign the E-petition. Some members of the public are enthusiastic to sign both!

The staff on the Sam Davies Ward wish to express their thanks to the Soroptimists for their continued support.  If anyone has any further queries please do not hesitate to contact or ring Jackie Memory