Cardiff City players Callum Paterson, Kadeem Harris, Alex Smithies and Danny Ward took time away from the club to pay a visit this week to the Sir Julian Hodge Hostel, which is run by homeless people charity, The Wallich in Roath, Cardiff. They took along gifts of waterproof coats, fleeces and backpacks.
Pictured with the players is far left Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust vice chair David Craig, Ben Ramsay, Project Co-ordinator for Cardiff Solutions and Rob Minchin, Project Manager, Sir Julian Hodge Hostel (right).
Before Saturday’s Manchester United game, the Trust’s supported charity, The Wallich, will hold a bucket collection in aid of its vital work with homeless people. Cardiff City Football Club is fully supporting the collection.
Many fans will be well aware of the growing number of people living on the streets of our cities and towns in recent years. Some sadly have passed away. In the 21st century, no one should be dying on our streets.
Cardiff City fans have always been very generous and we hope they will give as much as they can to this worthwhile collection. Money raised will help fund The Wallich’s Cardiff Nightshelter, which provides safety, warmth and comfort to 23 people each night, who would otherwise be forced to sleep rough.
The Wallich, which started its work 40 years ago in Cardiff, is now giving help and advice to homeless and vulnerable people through 65 projects across Wales.
The Trust chose The Wallich as its charity for the current season after considering nominations from members.