I absolutely love Cardiff, it's such an amazing city and I love nothing more than spending hours walking around the city centre, looking through the shops, catching a show or having coffee with friends. How lucky am I that I am able to do that? I'm always reminded just how lucky I am when I see a homeless person, as you do in many cities, sitting huddled in a doorway in the cold. Cardiff is a lovely city full of lovely people who won't often walk by, I often see them buying cups of coffee or tea and I myself have given food to people as I have gone past.
The best way to support homeless people though is to donate to a charity that works specifically with the homeless. There are three such brilliant charities working to help the homeless of Cardiff - Huggard, Llamau and The Wallich. You can find out more about what each of them do here. They work to break the cycle of homelessness and to help prevent it happening in the first place.
St David’s Shopping Centre has teamed up with cult Cardiff brand, I Loves The ‘Diff for the We Loves The ‘Diff appeal. The campaign makes it really easy to do your bit to help these brilliant charities. Each week from the 29th April to the 27th May 2017 We Loves The 'Diff are giving away an exclusive limited edition print that celebrates Cardiff. There's a different one released each week and you can pick up yours on the bottom floor of the St David's Centre, near Clogau or Watches of Switzerland in return for a minimum donation of £3.
These prints are exclusive to this appeal and can't be bought anywhere else. There are only 1000 of each print so I'd recommend getting there early to snag yours like we did!
We've got our hands on two of the prints already and they are fantastic, brilliant quality and you even get a We Loves The 'Diff tote bag to carry your print in and use for your shopping later.
This Saturday 20th May the exclusive 'Keepers of the Wall' print is available so head down between 11-6 to grab your copy and make that all important donation. Be quick though because when they are gone they are gone and this one is bound to be popular.
Locals and visitors alike love looking along Cardiff Castle's Animal Wall which was designed by architect William Burges. These animals are iconic to Cardiff and I know my children are fascinated by them. This print would look stunning in any Cardiffian's home.
I know I'll be heading in to make a donation and grab a copy. I really love the print that will be available next week too so will be picking that up too, Little Miss J wants to make the donation this time, she's an emotional child and she really feels for the plight of the homeless.
If you can't get into Cardiff to pick up a print but still want to support this great cause you can donate online here. You won't get a print of course but you'll be helping some of the very neediest people and the top three online donors will receive all 5 prints framed - it pays to be generous!
Disclosure - this post is written in association with the St David's Centre Cardiff and we are proud to be helping to support such a great campaign.