Scarlets and grassroots clubs hit the road again with 500 more food pack deliveries

Aadil Mukhtar Community News, News

Scarlets Community Foundation, together with 40 grassroots clubs, have set out on a second wave of food package deliveries across the region.

Earlier this month, more than 300 of the packs containing essential foodstuffs were taken to members of the public who were self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.

The foundation has now received additional funding for the initiative and in conjunction with Carmarthenshire food wholesalers Castell Howell have put together another 500 packs for delivery on Tuesday and Wednesday (April 21 & 22).

Members of the Scarlets playing squad, the Scarlets community team and volunteers from local rugby clubs and girls rugby hubs will be taking part in the project.

Oil4Wales are again providing fuel for the delivery vans, while fellow commercial partners Nando’s, Blas y Tir and pet food supplier Burns have also come on board with donations for the packs.

The Scarlets Community Foundation is the recently-established charity arm of the Scarlets.

Foundation manager Caroline Newman explained: “People are really struggling in these challenging times. In addition to coping with the unusual circumstances we all find ourselves in, some of those receiving packs have to manage whilst looking after children with life limiting conditions or children with severe autism.

“Others have serious medical conditions themselves. If Scarlets Community Foundation can make life just that little bit easier at the moment then we’re only too pleased to be able to.

“Recipients have been so grateful to know that a little bit of help is on the way.  One lady who received a pack last time told me ‘I don’t know what people like me would do with people like you to help us out. I can’t express enough how grateful I am’.

“We would like to say special thanks to Castell Howell once more. Also, a huge thanks to Oil4Wales, who are donating fuel for the foundation’s vehicles again; Burns, who have donated supplies of cat and dog food to help those who are unable to source supplies for their family pets, Blas y Tir, who have provided one tonne of their potatoes and Nando’s, who have given sauces for the packs.

“We are so grateful to have these partners on board.”

Caroline Newman speaks about the food pack initiative

Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs who have taken part in the initiative

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Bae Ceredigion, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Crymych, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Lampeter, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyberem, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Trimsaran, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.