Weekly News Helps The Homeless

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The response to our Helping Hand campaign has been extraordinary.

So far 17 crates of food has been collected by Crest Cooperative, each crate contributes to meals for around 20 people.

So Weekly News readers have contributed to meals for around 340 homeless and vulnerable people!

We have collected a variety of tins, bottled water, cereals and other items. The One Stop Shop on Llandudno's West Shore has become a Helping Hand collection point and The Village Stores in Penmaenmawr has also become a collection point.

Businesses are also helping by collecting food, including staff at the Riverside Business Park, in Conwy and even staff at the DVLA in Bangor, who have read the articles and were keen to take part.

A huge thanks from us all at the Weekly News and from our charities who will benefit - ARC Communities, Hope Restored and Conwy Food-Share.

This week Brenda Fogg, from Hope Restored, came to the Weekly News offices, to collect donations.

Brenda was very excited to see so much food collected, and hugs were exchanged all round!

She said: "This is fantastic, this is a massive thing for a small charity like us."

"This food, especially at this time of year, will really help us out. Today we fed 16 people in Llandudno, and two new homeless people had come along."

"And I've been told there's a new girl who's homeless in Llandudno, so I've been driving around trying to find her with a sleeping bag ready in the car."

"Today has been a good day because I've also managed to get a homeless man, who was living in one of the caves up the Orme, a flat. The church and Hope Restored helped to get his deposit together."

Brenda added: "These sort of donations are an answer to our prayers."

"The food will be used to make meals for the homeless, but I'm also going to give them a present this Christmas, I've been collecting things like socks, and now I can give them each a food parcel."

Hope Restored service user Oz Francis-Brennan, 43, from Llandudno suffered homelessness for 12 years.

The former dry stone-waller, who has now found accommodation, said: "I've slept in caves on the Great Orme and I've slept in a tent. When I walked into Hope Restored from the streets, they gave me as much food as I could eat, sometimes two bowls of food."

 

"Without Hope Restored, I wouldn't have been able to eat."