Trust vice-chair David Craig (left) with Trust board member Phillip Nifield
Rhondda Foodbank has sent a lovely thank-you letter to Trust vice-chair David Craig following the delivery of food donated by fans and Cardiff City staff and players. We’re proud to have organised the collection before the Sheffield United game.
Theresa Thomas and Gaynor Jones wrote:
“Thank you and Cardiff City Trust and Football Club again for the donation – it is really appreciated and will be put to good use.
“We have just finished weighing the items and they filled 23 crates. The total weight of the donation is 394.35kgs. Just as an idea for you and the trust this amount would feed either 30 single parcels or 15 small family parcels.
“As you know we rely on donations and the generosity of people like yourselves so again thank you all very much and a very Merry Christmas.”
Pictured left to right is Theresa Thomas and Gaynor Jones of Rhondda Foodback with David Craig of the Trust and Cardiff City staff Will Birch and Steve Woodman.
Loading the donated goods at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Food, drinks and other products donated by fans, players and staff of Cardiff City Football Club were delivered to Rhondda Foodbank in Tylorstown today.
More than 1,000 donated items were loaded onto a van at the Cardiff City Stadium and taken to the foodbank by Will Birch and Steve Woodman of the ground staff at Cardiff City, along with Trust vice chair David Craig and board member, Phillip Nifield. In addition, David Craig presented a cheque for £150 in donations by individual fans.
The Trust organised the collection before the Sheffield United game with excellent support from Cardiff City staff and players.
Theresa Thomas and Gaynor Jones of the Rhondda Foodbank thanked all those that were able to donate to help those suffering from food poverty. In 2020-21 the foodbank provided food to 3,564 clients, including 1,167 children, in the Rhondda Valleys.
David Craig said: “With Christmas just a few weeks away, we wanted to give a helping hand to those that have to use foodbanks. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Cardiff City fans.”
Bartley was present when donations from the club’s training ground staff was donated.
Curtis Nelson with Trust vice chair David Craig
The Trust is thrilled to announce that 1,000 individual items of food, soft drinks, milk and other products were donated for Rhondda Foodbank at our collection at the Cardiff City Stadium today.
In addition, a total of £125 in cash was gifted, which we will pass on to the foodbank when the donated goods are delivered on Monday.
We’d like to thank the players and staff of Cardiff City Football Club for their generosity along with all those wonderful Bluebirds fans that brought food and other items to the ground and also donated cash. It will be really appreciated by families and individuals who rely on help from foodbanks because they are struggling as a result rising food and energy prices.
Trust vice-chair David Craig yesterday presented a cheque for £100 to Gaynor Jones (left) and Theresa Thomas of Rhondda Foodbank ahead of our food collection before the Cardiff City v Sheffield United game on Saturday.
We’ll be collecting near the Trust office (near Gate 5 from 12.30pm).
The foodbank is looking for donations of UHT Milk, Tinned Fish, Tinned Meat, Mashed Potato, Chocolate, Orange Juice, Shampoo and Toothpaste.
Thanks to everyone, particularly staff at Cardiff City for their support for this initiative to help disadvantaged people at this very difficult time of rising food and energy prices.
Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust – with full backing from Cardiff City – is appealing to Bluebirds fans to help feed those who rely on foodbanks.
A food donation point will be set up from 12.30pm close to the Trust office (near Gate 5) before Cardiff City’s clash against Sheffield United on Saturday, December 4th, 2021.
Food collected will be delivered to the Rhondda Foodbank in Tylorstown and the Trust hopes it will mark the start of further collections for foodbanks across Cardiff and south-east Wales.
Trust board member Richard Lewis said: “We were inspired by the tremendous work of Liverpool and Everton fans under the initiative, Fans Supporting Foodbanks.
“We want to play our part in ensuring vulnerable families and individuals don’t have to choose between eating and heating. The recent removal of £20 a week top up from those who receive Universal Credit, along with the rising cost of fuel and food, has made an already difficult lives for many people even worse.”
Trust vice-chair David Craig, who has visited the Rhondda Foodbank, said: “I was so impressed by the support they give to vulnerable and needy people in what is one of Wales’ most deprived areas with high incidences of child poverty and adult poor health. We know from our past campaigns like the Keenor Statue Appeal how generous Cardiff City fans are. We are certain supporters will get behind this initiative.
“We’re grateful for the immediate support and help of Cardiff City for this initiative and the club has also agreed to provide a van and driver to deliver donated food. With Christmas just a few weeks away, we want to give a helping hand to those that have to use foodbanks.”
Theresa Thomas, External Relations Co-ordinator for the Rhondda Foodbank, explained that in 2020-21 the foodbank provided food to 3,564 clients, including 1,167 children.
“We issue two tonnes of food a month and the foodbank receives no public funding, relying on donations from churches, supermarkets, organisations and private donations.
“We kept the foodbank open throughout the pandemic and didn’t close our doors even at the height of the crisis. We are seeing a worrying change in the profile of people using the foodbank and are anticipating a hard winter and will be even more reliant on the generosity of organisations like Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, Cardiff City FC and the club’s supporters.”
Cardiff City FC Executive Director & CEO, Ken Choo, said: “We’re very pleased to be supporting the Trust’s initiative and doing our bit as a club for families in need at this difficult and often stressful time of year. I’d encourage all supporters to back this appeal when Sheffield United visit us at Cardiff City Stadium in our next home fixture.”
Here is a list of food items most urgently needed by the foodbank: UHT Milk, Tinned Fish, Tinned Meat, Mashed Potato, Chocolate, Orange Juice, Shampoo and Toothpaste. The foodbank tells us it has enough beans, soup and pasta at present. It is not allowed to give out out-of-date food to clients.
The Trussell Trust is a supporter of the Rhondda Foodbank. The Trussell Trust is a UK-wide organisation that campaigns to end hunger and destitution. It supports a nationwide network of food banks and together provides emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks.