Christmas in Llansamlet

Councillors provide some welcome Christmas cheer to Llansamlet ward

Llansamlet’s four Labour councillors have provided some much-needed Christmas cheer to their ward after a difficult year for many residents.

Cllrs Alyson Pugh, Penny Matthews, Ryland Doyle and Mo Sykes were keen to ensure less fortunate residents were still able to enjoy some joy over Christmas.

They spent a good part of their council community budget in providing five services for the Llansamlet area to brighten up their festivities after a difficult year dealing with the financial and health challenges of Covid-19.

They bought 10 Christmas trees with lights and had them permanently planted around Llansamlet which the residents helped decorate.

The councillors worked with the schools and the youth club to provide 43 hampers, and in partnership with the Birchgrove Foodbank they delivered large food parcels and gift vouchers to families.

Christmas lunches

Christmas lunches

They also paid for Father Christmas to visit our five Primary Schools virtually and gave a present to the 1520 children as well as providing the funds for Nia’s Diner to deliver 105 home cooked dinners to the older people in the ward

On Christmas Day the councillors worked as part of the Birchgrove Community Centre team led by Nick Griffiths to cook and deliver 100 dinners, dessert and goodie bags to people who were alone or were having a hard time this year.

“We recognised how hard it was for people as many of our residents have been made unemployed. And there are many people that are lonely, who could not have spent the day with family this year,” said Cllr Pugh.

“We have used out Community budgets to help our most vulnerable people. We feel this is the best use of our money. I can honestly say people were in tears when we delivered the food hampers and Christmas Day meals. It was a very humbling experience.”

Cllr Pugh added: “Parents and teachers thanked us for bringing Santa to the children in such difficult times. The communities have loved the Christmas trees and helped decorate them.

“A big thank you has to go to Juliet Rees from Birchgrove Foodbank who worked tirelessly to organise all the hampers, as well as  Nick Griffiths who organised the Birchgrove Community Centre group and all the team of volunteers and our tow Local Area Coordinators for pulling it together.”

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