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-"From her oak, I am one acorn
-"That took root
-in her fertilized soil
-"Today I give thanks to her
-"More than a mum
-Mam has been to me"
-The warm words
-of Robin Llwyd ab Owain.
-Words that are on the minds
-of many of us on Mothering Sunday.
-A day that has a different meaning
-for many of us...
-..depending on our circumstances...
-..as we remember
-a mother or grandmother...
-..and their unconditional love
-This year, it's a century
-since women won the right to vote.
-The battle for equal rights has
-dragged on throughout the century.
-We are thankful that
-there were women who were strong.
-Strong women are part
-of our family experiences.
-"Women with steel"
-Nain would call them.
-That steel is something that a girl
-that grows up to be a mother...
-..tries to transfer to her children.
-Tonight, we'll focus on
-two very special mothers.
-Two that have been shaken
-..that most of us
-wouldn't go through in a lifetime.
-But they've got through it
-and have done so with strength.
-Fflur Fychan lives on a farm
-in Abercegir near Machynlleth.
-Ryland went to meet Fflur
-and her family.
-In August 2010, Fflur Fychan's life
-During a family holiday to France...
-..she was paralysed by the
-rare condition transverse myelitis.
-Confined to a wheelchair, she's
-determined to be a normal mum...
-..to her three daughters,
-Mari, Lisa and Nansi.
-You want sugar?
-The condition, of course,
-is a challenge...
-..to be a mother
-and to keep a family going.
-Yes, it's surprising how
-some simple tasks are frustrating.
-Sometimes, you want
-to do things for the children.
-But they've had to become
-As they've got older,
-it's become easier.
-Maybe they're being better prepared
-for the future.
-As a mother,
-you like to do things for them.
-Do you want milk, Nansi?
-You've done it?
-Take it to the table, then.
-I get the impression that
-you're a very practical family...
-..and that you can face challenges
-I didn't choose this situation.
-However, I couldn't sit back
-and let things just happen.
-We try and face every challenge
-and think, "How can we do this?"
-Rather than do nothing, we think...
-.."We'll try. We might have to think
-Do you want to practise your dancing
-later? If we have the time.
-The Urdd Eisteddfod is before long.
-Though she's in a wheelchair,
-it doesn't affect anything.
-Mam always makes sure
-we follow our dreams.
-I don't know how she manages things
-for us three.
-The children were quite young
-when Fflur had the condition.
-They've grown up with Fflur
-in the condition she's in.
-She's still Mam to them.
-They're used to having
-slightly different responsibilities.
-Helping each other, helping Fflur.
-That's not all bad.
-Being independent is important...
-..but I have to accept
-that I need help.
-I'm lucky to have my family
-As the children get older,
-the sisters help too.
-That fills me with joy.
-You used to be a teacher,
-but you've had a career change.
-When I became paralysed,
-I lost confidence.
-It was difficult enough
-that my children had to adapt.
-I didn't feel that I wanted
-to return to the classroom...
-..and force other people's children
-to adapt too much.
-Maybe that was a mistake.
-When I've taught children
-at Sunday school...
-..they look right in your eyes.
-They only care
-about what you're saying to them.
-They don't see the disability.
-that we say thank you.
-Can you see the picture?
-It's a picture of Jesus.
-He helped a lot of people.
-I think that faith
-has always been a part of my life.
-During dark times, I turn to it
-and I turn to prayer...
-..or I ask for help sometimes.
-When my life changed
-because of this condition...
-..I looked into
-different forms of energy...
-..and saw that faith
-in many countries was different.
-But there's something
-that binds people together too.
-In Sunday school,
-we made Mothering Sunday cards.
-We listened to the story
-of the ten ill people...
-..but only one said "thanks".
-Sometimes I think it's the energy
-that helps me to be positive...
-..rather than to focus
-on the negative and the cruel world.
-You can be pulled into
-that side of things...
-..but I try my best
-to go the opposite direction...
-..and to look for the best
-in every situation.
-Family is very important to Fflur.
-It's something that's
-kept her going, given her strength.
-She's ensured that the children...
-..haven't missed out because of her
-condition and that they enjoy life.
-It's nice there's a day that
-we can give something back to her.
-And give her presents
-and spoil her.
-For some, Mothering Sunday is a day
-to celebrate with the children.
-For others, there's sadness.
-It's an opportunity to remember
-and to mull things over.
-In autumn 2014, Heledd Tomos
-and her husband, Gethin...
-..found out they were expecting
-their first child.
-It was a normal pregnancy,
-everything was fine.
-I had a 12-week scan
-- everything was fine.
-I went back for the second scan
-at 20 weeks.
-The scan was a bit odd.
-They took their time,
-checking and rechecking.
-They couldn't say a lot at the time.
-We were then sent to Cardiff.
-Then more scans before finding out
-how sick the baby was...
-..that he hadn't developed properly.
-Sadly, he wasn't for this world.
-How important was your faith?
-How did that help you?
-It helped me a lot
-during difficult times.
-I read the Bible often...
-..and tried to find a way forward...
-..and to have the strength
-through reading the Bible.
-I read similar stories in the Bible.
-But it was difficult too...
-..because I questioned
-why God had done this to us.
-It was a help in one way,
-but you also question your faith.
-You think, "Why us?"
-has always been important to me.
-During difficult times,
-you definitely return to it.
-What support did you receive?
-There's the Aching Arms charity.
-How important is it
-that there's a wider community...
-..that gives you
-that type of support?
-I found Aching Arms
-through online forums.
-Aching Arms sends a teddy
-to people who've lost a baby.
-The teddy's given by another family
-who've lost a baby.
-a really nice relationship...
-..that a bereaved family
-gives to another bereaved family.
-After I found out about them...
-..I developed a relationship
-I started handing out Aching Arms
-teddies at Glangwili Hospital.
-I arrange that they go there.
-They're handed out at the hospital.
-You lost Cai...
-..but Myfi and Deio
-have arrived since then...
-..and have gladdened your heart
-and filled your life with happiness.
-How aware are they
-of their big brother?
-Is it important
-that you remember him?
-We talk about Cai all the time.
-Cai is part of our lives.
-We have pictures of him
-all over the house.
-His tree is in the garden.
-It's a normal part of their lives
-that Cai is with us.
-Good morning. Thank you
-for coming this morning.
-Capel Salem in Canton, Cardiff,
-opens its doors to many societies.
-One morning a fortnight,
-parents and their children...
-..go to a breakfast club
-led by Reverend Evan Morgan.
-On the menu today
-is smoked salmon and cheese.
-There's fruit, some sweet treats
-and fresh coffee.
-The breakfast club
-was founded about ten years ago.
-The chapelgoers felt we needed
-to do more in the community.
-We felt that a lot of Welsh speakers
-who've moved to the capital...
-..are far away
-from their grandparents.
-So, mothers, with parents
-and grandmothers welcome as well...
-..come every other Wednesday morning
-to have breakfast...
-..and to have the chance
-to chat and socialize.
-for almost ten years now.
-I saw it as an opportunity
-after cutting down on my work hours.
-Because I enjoy being with children,
-I give cuddles to the babies...
-..while the mothers have the freedom
-to have breakfast and to socialize.
-I started going to
-the breakfast club two weeks ago...
-..to try and get to know more mums
-and for my son to meet other kids.
-I started coming
-because my friends were going.
-I liked the idea of meeting mums
-and dads and grandparents...
-..in an easy-going club where we can
-eat, talk and share our experiences.
-We're given a very warm welcome.
-It's a great resource
-which brings us closer together.
-I came recently
-and met Gwennan here.
-"What are you doing this afternoon?"
-We became friends.
-is like a community centre.
-The nursery meets here
-and several choirs rehearse here.
-We as a chapel organize events too.
-We feed the homeless
-and give them shelter.
-We raise money for refugees and
-the food bank, as many others do.
-It's also some sort of bridge.
-Some ask about Sunday school and
-about baptisms when they come here.
-They feel at home here.
-It's a door to the chapel.
-Anyone else want tea or coffee?
-It's nice to feel
-that everyone's in the same boat.
-That we can talk about
-the same things to each other.
-That's what I enjoy. I've got a lot
-out of it. I hope others have too.
-that they get spoiled a little.
-They can come here, relax...
-..and we look after the children
-and babies if they want.
-There are toys for them.
-They feel that it's a place
-where they can take a deep breath...
-..and just relax.
-Dear God, help us to remember
-to say thank you every time.
-Help us in the way
-we live our lives...
-..to show that we look after
-those around us.
-And help us to be thankful
-for all the things...
-..that other people do for us.
-On behalf of the children of Wales,
-thank you for our mothers...
-..and for the tireless way
-they care for us.
-I hope you've been spoiled today.
-It's a day of celebration.
-It's also a day of remembrance
-..and to count our blessings
-for that priceless gift, a mother...
-..and to be thankful for her.
-And in my mother tongue,
-I say goodbye.
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