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Sul y Mamau

Wrth ddathlu Sul y Mamau, fe ddaw'r emynau o adeilad godidog Orendy Margam. Mothers share their experiences and talk about overcoming obstacles in the Mothering Sunday edition.


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-"From her oak, I am one acorn

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-"That took root

-in her fertilized soil

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-"Today I give thanks to her

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-"More than a mum

-Mam has been to me"

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-The warm words

-of Robin Llwyd ab Owain.

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-Words that are on the minds

-of many of us on Mothering Sunday.

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-A day that has a different meaning

-for many of us...

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-..depending on our circumstances...

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-..as we remember

-a mother or grandmother...

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-..and their unconditional love

-for us.

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-This year, it's a century

-since women won the right to vote.

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-The battle for equal rights has

-dragged on throughout the century.

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-We are thankful that

-there were women who were strong.

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-Strong women are part

-of our family experiences.

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-"Women with steel"

-Nain would call them.

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-That steel is something that a girl

-that grows up to be a mother...

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-..tries to transfer to her children.

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-Tonight, we'll focus on

-two very special mothers.

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-Two that have been shaken

-by experiences...

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-..that most of us

-wouldn't go through in a lifetime.

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-But they've got through it

-and have done so with strength.

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-Fflur Fychan lives on a farm

-in Abercegir near Machynlleth.

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-Ryland went to meet Fflur

-and her family.

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-In August 2010, Fflur Fychan's life

-changed overnight.

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-During a family holiday to France...

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-..she was paralysed by the

-rare condition transverse myelitis.

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-Confined to a wheelchair, she's

-determined to be a normal mum...

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-..to her three daughters,

-Mari, Lisa and Nansi.

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-You want sugar?

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-The condition, of course,

-is a challenge...

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-..to be a mother

-and to keep a family going.

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-Yes, it's surprising how

-some simple tasks are frustrating.

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-Sometimes, you want

-to do things for the children.

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-But they've had to become

-more independent.

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-As they've got older,

-it's become easier.

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-Maybe they're being better prepared

-for the future.

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-As a mother,

-you like to do things for them.

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-Do you want milk, Nansi?

-You've done it?

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-Take it to the table, then.

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-I get the impression that

-you're a very practical family...

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-..and that you can face challenges

-with strength.

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-I didn't choose this situation.

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-However, I couldn't sit back

-and let things just happen.

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-We try and face every challenge

-and think, "How can we do this?"

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-Rather than do nothing, we think...

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-.."We'll try. We might have to think

-more creatively."

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-Do you want to practise your dancing

-later? If we have the time.

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-The Urdd Eisteddfod is before long.

-OK?

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-Though she's in a wheelchair,

-it doesn't affect anything.

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-Mam always makes sure

-we follow our dreams.

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-I don't know how she manages things

-for us three.

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-The children were quite young

-when Fflur had the condition.

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-They've grown up with Fflur

-in the condition she's in.

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-She's still Mam to them.

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-They're used to having

-slightly different responsibilities.

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-Helping each other, helping Fflur.

-That's not all bad.

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-Being independent is important...

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-..but I have to accept

-that I need help.

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-I'm lucky to have my family

-around me.

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-As the children get older,

-the sisters help too.

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-That fills me with joy.

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-You used to be a teacher,

-but you've had a career change.

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-When I became paralysed,

-I lost confidence.

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-It was difficult enough

-that my children had to adapt.

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-I didn't feel that I wanted

-to return to the classroom...

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-..and force other people's children

-to adapt too much.

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-Maybe that was a mistake.

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-When I've taught children

-at Sunday school...

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-..they look right in your eyes.

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-They only care

-about what you're saying to them.

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-They don't see the disability.

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-It's important

-that we say thank you.

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-Can you see the picture?

-It's a picture of Jesus.

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-He helped a lot of people.

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-I think that faith

-has always been a part of my life.

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-During dark times, I turn to it

-and I turn to prayer...

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-..or I ask for help sometimes.

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-When my life changed

-because of this condition...

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-..I looked into

-different forms of energy...

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-..and saw that faith

-in many countries was different.

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-But there's something

-that binds people together too.

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-In Sunday school,

-we made Mothering Sunday cards.

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-We listened to the story

-of the ten ill people...

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-..but only one said "thanks".

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-Sometimes I think it's the energy

-that helps me to be positive...

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-..rather than to focus

-on the negative and the cruel world.

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-You can be pulled into

-that side of things...

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-..but I try my best

-to go the opposite direction...

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-..and to look for the best

-in every situation.

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-Family is very important to Fflur.

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-It's something that's

-kept her going, given her strength.

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-She's ensured that the children...

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-..haven't missed out because of her

-condition and that they enjoy life.

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-It's nice there's a day that

-we can give something back to her.

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-And give her presents

-and spoil her.

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-For some, Mothering Sunday is a day

-to celebrate with the children.

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-For others, there's sadness.

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-It's an opportunity to remember

-and to mull things over.

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-In autumn 2014, Heledd Tomos

-and her husband, Gethin...

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-..found out they were expecting

-their first child.

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-It was a normal pregnancy,

-everything was fine.

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-I had a 12-week scan

-- everything was fine.

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-I went back for the second scan

-at 20 weeks.

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-The scan was a bit odd.

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-They took their time,

-checking and rechecking.

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-They couldn't say a lot at the time.

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-We were then sent to Cardiff.

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-Then more scans before finding out

-how sick the baby was...

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-..that he hadn't developed properly.

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-Sadly, he wasn't for this world.

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-How important was your faith?

-How did that help you?

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-It helped me a lot

-during difficult times.

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-I read the Bible often...

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-..and tried to find a way forward...

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-..and to have the strength

-through reading the Bible.

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-I read similar stories in the Bible.

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-But it was difficult too...

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-..because I questioned

-why God had done this to us.

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-It was a help in one way,

-but you also question your faith.

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-You think, "Why us?"

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-Faith

-has always been important to me.

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-During difficult times,

-you definitely return to it.

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-What support did you receive?

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-There's the Aching Arms charity.

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-How important is it

-that there's a wider community...

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-..that gives you

-that type of support?

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-I found Aching Arms

-through online forums.

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-Aching Arms sends a teddy

-to people who've lost a baby.

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-The teddy's given by another family

-who've lost a baby.

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-That creates

-a really nice relationship...

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-..that a bereaved family

-gives to another bereaved family.

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-After I found out about them...

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-..I developed a relationship

-with them.

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-I started handing out Aching Arms

-teddies at Glangwili Hospital.

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-I arrange that they go there.

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-They're handed out at the hospital.

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-You lost Cai...

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-..but Myfi and Deio

-have arrived since then...

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-..and have gladdened your heart

-and filled your life with happiness.

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-How aware are they

-of their big brother?

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-Is it important

-that you remember him?

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-We talk about Cai all the time.

-Cai is part of our lives.

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-We have pictures of him

-all over the house.

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-His tree is in the garden.

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-It's a normal part of their lives

-that Cai is with us.

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-Yes.

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-Good morning. Thank you

-for coming this morning.

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-Capel Salem in Canton, Cardiff,

-opens its doors to many societies.

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-One morning a fortnight,

-parents and their children...

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-..go to a breakfast club

-led by Reverend Evan Morgan.

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-On the menu today

-is smoked salmon and cheese.

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-There's fruit, some sweet treats

-and fresh coffee.

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-The breakfast club

-was founded about ten years ago.

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-The chapelgoers felt we needed

-to do more in the community.

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-We felt that a lot of Welsh speakers

-who've moved to the capital...

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-..are far away

-from their grandparents.

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-So, mothers, with parents

-and grandmothers welcome as well...

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-..come every other Wednesday morning

-to have breakfast...

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-..and to have the chance

-to chat and socialize.

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-I've volunteered

-for almost ten years now.

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-I saw it as an opportunity

-after cutting down on my work hours.

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-Because I enjoy being with children,

-I give cuddles to the babies...

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-..while the mothers have the freedom

-to have breakfast and to socialize.

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-I started going to

-the breakfast club two weeks ago...

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-..to try and get to know more mums

-and for my son to meet other kids.

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-I started coming

-because my friends were going.

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-I liked the idea of meeting mums

-and dads and grandparents...

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-..in an easy-going club where we can

-eat, talk and share our experiences.

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-We're given a very warm welcome.

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-It's a great resource

-which brings us closer together.

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-I came recently

-and met Gwennan here.

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-She asked,

-"What are you doing this afternoon?"

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-We became friends.

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-The chapel

-is like a community centre.

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-The nursery meets here

-and several choirs rehearse here.

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-We as a chapel organize events too.

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-We feed the homeless

-and give them shelter.

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-We raise money for refugees and

-the food bank, as many others do.

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-It's also some sort of bridge.

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-Some ask about Sunday school and

-about baptisms when they come here.

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-They feel at home here.

-It's a door to the chapel.

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-Anyone else want tea or coffee?

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-It's nice to feel

-that everyone's in the same boat.

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-That we can talk about

-the same things to each other.

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-That's what I enjoy. I've got a lot

-out of it. I hope others have too.

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-Parents feel

-that they get spoiled a little.

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-They can come here, relax...

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-..and we look after the children

-and babies if they want.

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-There are toys for them.

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-They feel that it's a place

-where they can take a deep breath...

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-..and just relax.

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-Dear God, help us to remember

-to say thank you every time.

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-Help us in the way

-we live our lives...

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-..to show that we look after

-those around us.

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-And help us to be thankful

-for all the things...

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-..that other people do for us.

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-On behalf of the children of Wales,

-thank you for our mothers...

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-..and for the tireless way

-they care for us.

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-Amen.

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-Mothers,

-I hope you've been spoiled today.

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-It's a day of celebration.

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-It's also a day of remembrance

-and contemplation...

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-..and to count our blessings

-for that priceless gift, a mother...

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-..and to be thankful for her.

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-And in my mother tongue,

-I say goodbye.

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Wrth ddathlu Sul y Mamau, fe ddaw'r emynau o adeilad godidog Orendy Margam. Mothers share their experiences and talk about overcoming obstacles in the Mothering Sunday edition.