It was the impact of the work Llamau does in Caerphilly that attracted one group of like-minded men to raise money for Wales’ leading homelessness charity last year.

Over £1750 was raised during 2016, which was presented to the charity by the Dan Callaghan Lodge of the RAOB in a ceremony last Wednesday (February 1st).

The lodge is made up of a small group of men, who along with their friends and partners are committed to assisting local charities and worthy causes within the Caerphilly Borough. Anyone within the Borough can write to the lodge requesting financial assistance throughout the year.

In 2016, the lodge chose to support Llamau, holding a number of different events and activities, including a January Dry-athalon, Grand National Sweepstake, Rugby Shirt Raffle, Aber Valley Heritage Sponsored Walk, Sober For October the Caerphilly 10K and a Grand Christmas Raffle.

Last year, Llamau worked with over 8,100 vulnerable young people and women facing homelessness in Wales, a rise of 56%. The money raised will ensure Llamau’s work in Caerphilly will continue into the future.

One of the lodge’s members, Rob Snelling said, “We felt that rather than focusing on one particular issue, Llamau would be able to direct any funds we raised where they were needed most, hopefully helping a number of individuals in need. We were helped considerably by several like-minded people outside our organisation, in particular Sara Jones, Sharon Morris, Andrea Snelling, David Thomas and Steve Wilkins. Without their help and of course not forgetting the people who put their hands in their pockets, we would not have achieved our record funds raised, to date £1,750.”

If you would like to find out more about the work of Llamau and how to support us, email [email protected] or phone us on 029 2023 9585.