Friends’ good deed on street

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - TOM HOUGHTON Re­porter tom.houghton@waleson­

A Group of friends from Aber­dare trav­elled to Cardiff to give sleep­ing bags, toi­letries and clothes to home­less peo­ple.

A grouP of friends trav­elled to Cardiff to do­nate sleep­ing bags, toi­letries and clothes to home­less peo­ple liv­ing out­side in the freez­ing cold.

or­gan­ised by friends An­thony trow and sa­man­tha owens, the good deed on Thurs­day evening saw a team of 20 vol­un­teers travel to the cap­i­tal from Aber­dare.

Dad-of-two An­thony, 33, said: “it was just some­thing i started do­ing about five years ago, when i had one of those mo­ments, see­ing peo­ple at Christ­mas on the streets, in that sort of hor­rific weather.

“And it’s just got a bit big­ger ev­ery year we do it. it’s slowly be­com­ing more sys­tem­atic.

“Com­ing up to Christ­mas, you have a lot of peo­ple get­ting rid of old stuff and, while we would love to be able to carry 100 medium coats or tops down to Cardiff, we have to be a bit prac­ti­cal.”

so the group, who are all from the Val­leys and with vol­un­teers as young as 14, this year took dozens of string bags con­tain­ing use­ful items such as san­i­tary tow­els, tooth­brushes and food packs, as well as items like sleep­ing bags for those on the streets.

The travel was pro­vided for free by lo­cal firm Boul­tons mini Buses, with the food boxes ar­ranged by Amy Ban­yard con­tain­ing sand­wiches, cake, juice and choco­late.

An­thony, who works at a chil­dren’s home, said it was “vi­tal” things like this are done, adding: “You get peo­ple who are hard­ened to home­less­ness, but they are just as much in need as the per­son who is sit­ting there qui­etly.”

Karla Burke, one of the vol­un­teers, added: “We bought them hot food, hot drinks and even gave them greggs gift cards to en­sure they could have a warm some­thing in their bel­lies. i am so proud to be part of this team see­ing how they live in this Baltic weather.”

The group will be trav­el­ling to Cardiff again on De­cem­ber 23, and ask any­one who would like to do­nate or get in­volved to email an­thony.d.trow@gmail. com.

‘It’s got big­ger ev­ery year’ – the Aber­dare pals who get to­gether ev­ery year to help out those sleep­ing rough

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