Brother and sister Elijah (5) and Ada (3) Hodges from Caerphilly have raised £129 for Llamau after deciding to collect money for homeless young people and women in Wales instead of having birthday presents.

It was a conversation with his Mum and Dad that spurred little Elijah into doing something to support homeless people. Elijah was upset to learn from his parents that some children don’t have anywhere to live, and made the decision that at their upcoming birthday party, he and Ada would collect money to help homeless young people in Wales in exchange of having presents.

Elijah, a pupil at Ysgol y Castell in Caerphilly said, ‘I wanted to raise money for Llamau because I felt sad that I had lots of toys but some people don’t have anywhere to live.’

Elijah’s mum, Sophie, added ‘We put a note on the party invitation that Elijah and Ada were asking guests to make a donation to Llamau rather than to buy them birthday presents. We are so proud of them for wanting to do something to help people who are less fortunate.’

Elijah and little sister Ada stopped by Llamau’s head office to donate the funds, and visited Llamau’s Learning 4 Life centre to learn more about the work we do to support young homeless people in Wales.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to Elijah and Ada for showing such kindness towards the young people and women Llamau support!