The Angel Of Llandudno

Image2aA woman who has experienced homelessness herself is now devoting her efforts to helping others who find themselves in the same situation.

Brenda Fogg, a member and caretaker of the Gloddaeth United Church in Llandudno, has been nominated for one of our Weekly News/Scottish Power Your Champions awards by Martin Byrne, from Deganwy, who describes her as "an angel".

He praised the drop-in centre she holds at the church hall twice a week when the homeless and needy are given a hot meal and help and advice about finding accommodation.

"She also helps with clothing and toiletries. It is not unknown for Brenda to drive around to make sure the homeless are OK and bring a hot drink and sandwich to them.

"She devotes almost all her time and some of her own money trying to improve the lot of those disadvantaged and seeks no reward or notoriety. People far and wide know of this angel of Llandudno," he said.

And Neil Kirkham, minister at Gloddaeth United Church, agreed: "Brenda is a very worthy nomination. She is remarkable, and plays a vital part in the church's ministry to the community"

But Brenda was surprised to hear she had been nominated for an award: "I love doing it and all I'm trying to do is make the homeless feel someone cares about them."

"I was homeless myself many years ago, when I came to Llandudno with my two children after experiencing a marriage break-up. I'm lucky that I have a nice home and everything I need now, but I know what it's like to have nothing."

She explained that the Gloddaeth United Church helps to fund the scheme which started 18 months ago and has gone from strength to strength.

"Originally we just started giving out sandwiches, but now we provide a hot cooked meal every Tuesday and Friday."

"We ask for donations of clothes, and try to help with finding accommodation for the homeless but we also give a meal to people with drink and drugs problems and get around 23 people coming along."

"We can put them in contact with agencies that can help them and offer them moral help and support in a nice, relaxed atmosphere." she commented.