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Helping the Homeless

This year two members of Admiral staff decided to help the homeless. On 14th December Nikki Burns, Talent Programme Manager and John Hiles, Systems & Procedures Developer arranged an event to invite some of the local homeless people into Ty Admiral. The event offered them a shower, haircut, meal, quiz and entertainment from the Admiral choir.  An appeal was made to Admiral staff for donations, we were inundated with clothes, money, toiletries, sweets and offers of help.   Mike O’Neil from Claims Service was sponsored by his colleagues to shave off his beard, after growing it for 3 years! He raised an impressive £200.00.

Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to cancel the event at the last minute.  But, not ones to give up, John and Nikki decided to load their cars with clothes, food, toiletries and gifts and head for the night shelter, The Huggard. The Huggard are a charity tackling homelessness in Cardiff and were delighted with the donation.

The next recipients were Women’s Aid in Cardiff.  They provide life saving services to women who have suffered domestic violence.  Often, these women flee in the middle of the night with nowhere to go and nothing but the clothes they are wearing.  Women’s Aid, where possible, take women and their children to safe houses and refuge centres. 

The remaining clothes and gifts were collected by Facebook group ‘South Wales Gifts the Homeless’ who make gifts from donations and deliver them to the individuals sleeping rough on our streets.  The remaining selection boxes were donated to underprivileged children in the area.

John, Nikki and a few extra helpers, Paul Hatton, Adam Hawkins and Claudia Pinches also made time to walk the streets of Cardiff with Christmas gift bags for those sleeping rough near to our Cardiff Head Quarters (Ty Admiral).

Nikki said ‘‘they were pleasantly surprised and incredibly grateful. It was a very humbling experience.’’ 

''All donations have gone where they were intended to go but in a different way to originally planned. A huge thank you to all the Admiral staff who supported this appeal. Their generosity and kindness has meant we have been able to reach the most vulnerable people in our community at this special time of year.''

Here at Admiral we are proud to help out local charities – especially this time of year! Thank you to everyone who kindly donated.

We wish you all a very healthy and prosperous Christmas.