We Loves The ‘Diff – Supporting Huggard

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We Loves the ‘Diff supporting Huggard

St David’s launches campaign to make a difference to lives in Cardiff

Throughout April and May, St David’s Cardiff has partnered with Welsh homelessness charities and cult brand I Loves The ‘Diff to launch We Loves The ‘Diff, an appeal to support, raise awareness and collect funds for homeless and vulnerable people living in the city.

On each Saturday from 29 April – 27 May, St David’s will release five exclusive limited edition prints, all designed by I Loves The ‘Diff. People can head to the centre to claim one of the prints in return for a minimum donation of £3, and we have been chosen as one of three charities that will receive the proceeds.

The prints will be strictly limited to 1,000 every Saturday, and with a new design release every weekend. From artwork that celebrates literary greats with a Welsh twist, to city landmarks such as the stone animals that guard Cardiff Castle, the prints have been specifically created for the campaign and will not be available anywhere else.

St David’s has also created a GoFundMe page to encourage the local community and businesses of Wales to pay it forward and help make a difference to lives in the capital city. Funds raised will ensure that those less fortunate are able to live safer, happier, more independent lives and to become an integral part of their communities.

Steven Madeley, general manager for St David’s Cardiff said: “The generosity of the South Wales community has already vastly improved the lives of many in Cardiff, our Toy Appeal has previously seen customers come out in force. Homelessness is a real issue in the city and we’re thrilled to extend our partnership with I Loves The ‘Diff to create an appeal that will make a real difference to lives in the community and help three fantastic charities.”

Richard Edwards, Chief Executive of Huggard said: “We have seen a 40% rise in rough sleepers accessing our services in the last year and have responded to this by ensuring that our services are aimed at helping people off the streets rather than just simply helping them to stay there. The support from St David’s and Loves the ‘Diff will help us to provide the help, advice and support to change peoples’ lives for the better and for good.”

To participate, head to one of the two gallery zones located in St David’s Cardiff on your chosen Saturday from 29 April – 27 May, make a charitable donation of minimum £3, and enjoy your print safe in the knowledge that you’ve made a difference to lives in the city.

Head to stdavidscardiff.com/diff for more information, or keep up to date via the St David’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages using #WeLovesTheDiff.

Each Saturday from 29 April – 27 May, an exclusive limited edition I Loves The ‘Diff art print will be released at St David’s Cardiff. Prints are strictly limited to 1,000 copies and aren’t available anywhere else!

To get your hands on one of these exclusive prints all you need to do is:
1. Find out the date that your favourite print is released
2. Head to one of the two gallery zones at St David’s on your chosen print giveaway date. You’ll find them on the lower level near Clogau or watches of Switzerland. Gallery zones are open 11am – 6pm each Saturday
3. Make a minimum charitable donation of £3 to the we loves the diff appeal (please note that no change will be given)
4. Enjoy your print and know that you’ve made a difference to lives in Cardiff
Please remember that all prints are strictly limited to 1,000 copies and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Hull Takeaway Giving Away Burgers at Xmas


Dope Burger in Anlaby Road will open from 10am to 11am on December 25 to feed those living on the streets during the festive period.

Owner Oliver Johnson will be cooking and giving out the takeaway’s famous burgers and other public-spirited business figures are attending to hand round mince pies, hot drinks, hats and scarves.

Mr Johnson said: “I am really looking forward to doing this. It will definitely be a Christmas Day with a difference, but it will be great to help those people who need it.

The Hidden Tragedy of the Invisible Homeless

Homeless man, Rough sleeping in Cardiff


When you think of homelessness, what do you picture? A young man in a sleeping bag slouched in a doorway in the city centre? Someone drunk on a park bench surrounded by bottles of cider?

While these images tell of the experience of some homeless people across Northern Ireland, the truth about homelessness is that most of the time it is invisible – out of sight and, therefore, out of mind. As part of Homelessness Awareness Week, which runs until Friday, December 4, the Simon Community NI has launched a dramatic awareness campaign that shines a light on the growing problem of “hidden homelessness” in the region.

Hidden homelessness is not a new phenomenon, but it is a growing one, with more and more people finding themselves with less money and less security to ensure they have a roof over their head. You might be surprised to learn that these people do not fit any one stereotype; they are young people, they are families with children, people in employment and older people.

So why do we know so little about this issue?

At present, the Government collects statistics on the number of people who “present” to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive as “homeless”, of which there are some 20,000 people. But, after that, little is known about the people sleeping on the floor or sofa of friends or family, those sleeping in their cars, in bed-and-breakfasts or in unsafe accommodation.This invisible problem is happening in every postcode across Northern Ireland and, yet, officially, the Government has no record of it.Last year, the Simon Community NI received more than 33,000 calls to its helpline, equal to one in every 50 people in Northern Ireland.

This shows the very real and present threat that homelessness poses for thousands of people in Northern Ireland. It is time that we all faced up to the reality of homelessness and accept that it is no longer someone else’s problem. Homelessness can be eradicated. The Simon Community NI can achieve that goal, with your help.Jim Dennison is chief executive of Simon Community NI






Grouse Handed Out at Homeless Shelters

Grouse Handed Out at Homeless Shelters

Huggard - Grouse

Birds worth £90 each and shot on some of Britain’s most exclusive estates

It is a taste more likely to be savoured by the super-rich than the rest of us. But grouse shot on some of Britain’s most exclusive estates is being given out at food banks and homeless shelters

 “We want to make this part of game shooting culture. We are trying to add the good cause to the good meal so that people see the social responsibility” – Game Share initiative organiser Ian Gregory

With participants typically paying around £180 a brace – or pair – of birds to take part in shoots, grouse shooting on moorland in Scotland and northern England has been nicknamed a “sport of kings”.

Now under a new philanthropic scheme, participants are being invited to donate all or part of their haul of birds to projects for people at risk of going hungry.

The first batch of 1,300 birds, shot at the start of this year’s grouse shooting in August – the Glorious Twelfth – was carefully portioned up, packaged and distributed to food banks and other good causes in September.

Now organisers of the “Game Share” initiative hope to dramatically expand the scheme, inviting companies hosting corporate shooting days for staff or clients to take part.

They also hope to move beyond the exclusive confines of grouse moors to shoots for pheasant and other game, in a drive to change the culture of game shooting.

The meat is being distributed through Fareshare, a charity which collects food from which would otherwise go to waste shops and caterers and to a network of needy causes from school breakfast clubs and homeless hostels to women’s refuges and community cafes.

“It is not just food banks, it is homeless hostels and lunch clubs for older people” – Fareshare spokeswoman

“We want to make this part of game shooting culture,” said Ian Gregory one of the organisers of the Game Share initiative.

“We are trying to add the good cause to the good meal so that people see the social responsibility.”

He said it is hoped the scheme will help counter some of the negative attention on shooting from anti-hunting lobby.

“We believe the ethics of game birds are far superior to what people consume from the supermarkets,” he said.

“Even free range chickens can have a stocking density of 13 birds per square metre whereas with game birds it is in square miles.”

A spokeswoman for Fareshare said: “We received the grouse in September, it had all been portioned and packaged, we sent it to our five regional warehouses which distribute to over 600 organisations – it is not just food banks, it is homeless hostels and lunch clubs for older people.”