A Pontypool youngster is providing supplies to homeless people living on the streets of Torfaen and Cardiff to help them through the coming winter months.

Lucy-Marie Phillips, 10 who attends Pantside Primary School, has previously collected essential items through her church, but with them not meeting due to coronavirus restrictions, Lucy-Marie is leading her own collection, calling on support of local organisations.

Wanting to make sure vulnerable people have access to supplies ahead of winter, she put out a plea to local shops and companies to donate essential items. She was thrilled when her dad’s employer, gas network Wales & West Utilities, kickstarted her campaign with 20 ‘Keep Warm’ packs.

The packs, each containing a thermos flask, hot water bottle, blanket, socks, hat and gloves, will now be donated by Lucy-Marie to Giving Hope Torfaen, which will distribute them to the homeless in Torfaen.

I am so proud of Lucy-Marie for coming up with this campaign which will provide this extra support to those people most in need.

It’s wonderful that she’s had the support of my employer and the donation of the Keep Warm pack will go a long way to helping people living on the streets stay warm this winter.

Lucy-Marie’s father, Paul Phillips, Customer Support Officer for Wales & West Utilities

We usually get a lot of donations through the church, but I was worried that due to coronavirus we wouldn’t be able to provide help this year. That’s when I decided to do something myself.

I want to make sure that as many people as possible are helped to keep warm during the winter and I am really happy that Wales & West Utilities have provided these packs which will now help twenty people who are living on the streets.

Lucy-Marie Phillips

The Keep Warm packs from gas emergency and pipeline service, Wales & West Utilities, are usually given to vulnerable customers whose gas supplies are affected for a short period of time.

The donation from Lucy-Marie will go such a long way for helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community and I know just how much the Keep Warm packs will mean to them.

So far this year we have supported over 20 street homeless in Torfaen, whilst we also support up to 40 people in Cardiff each month.

On behalf of us all at Giving Hope Torfaen, but more so the street homeless we deal with, I'd like to say a huge thank you to Lucy-Marie for showing the care and compassion for starting the collection.

Steve Manning, Giving Hope Torfaen

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we'll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We'll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.