A woman from Pembrokeshire who started knitting hats for the homeless has been inundated with donations, enabling her to help the homeless all over Wales, including Bangor.
Amanda Evans set up an appeal in November to encourage people in Pembrokeshire to join her in knitting hats and gloves to help homeless people stay warm over the winter.
Hundreds of hats, gloves, food donations, and hygiene products have been sent to her since then, after she asked for help via Facebook and by placing a notice in her local Post Office.
Mrs Evans said: “I began this group in November 2017 wanting to help the homeless in someway. I decided upon knitted hats, they could be made quickly and I would be able to send them out to the homeless just in time for Christmas.
“I asked the WI in Pembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire Facebook group and had an article in the Western Telegraph. I soon became inundated with hats and other donations. It was a huge success and I also featured with a couple of other knitters on ITV News Wales.
“I sent two boxes of donations to St Marys Hostel in Bangor who were desperate for donations and still are, here in Pembrokeshire the numbers of those who are homeless are very low so that is my reason for sending donations out to charities within Wales.
“I know how tough it is for the homeless in the Bangor area so that is why I am keen to help.”
Mrs Evans is now looking for a bike to help a homeless man in the Colwyn Bay area, she said: “I have made contact with a homeless gentleman in the Colwyn area. He explained to me how much he enjoyed riding a bike before he became homeless. He gets a chance to borrow one from time to time but has to give it back. Going out on a bike gives him a bit of freedom, his days are much the same otherwise and it does him such good mentally to get out and be like other people and not be judged.
“My hands are a bit tied living here in Pembrokeshire and I have wanted to help him so I posted a message on the Facebook Group Homeless in Wales to ask if anyone has an old bike in their shed they would willing to donate.”
If you can help with the donation of a bike please contact Danny Evans 07379715985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to arrange collection.