An Ystradgynlais based cafe that has been delivering hot meals to vulnerable people has been awarded a £1500 grant to help it continue its services during the pandemic.
Gavin and Stacey’s Café received the funding after its local Member of Parliament, Fay Jones MP nominated it for a cash award from Western Power Distribution’s (WPD’s) ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’.
The fund was established by the local electricity distributor at the start of lockdown to support grass root organisations in delivering care to vulnerable people and families. It initially supported over 300 organisations with £500,000 funding. As the lockdown lifted, WPD extended its support by a further £250,000 and offered MPs the opportunity to put forward a community group or charity for a grant to help towards its work during these challenging times.
Fay Jones MP for Brecon and Radnorshire said:
“Gavin and Stacey’s Café has done a wonderful job ensuring that shielding and vulnerable people have had access to hot meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Jill and her team have delivered over 10,000 meals to elderly and vulnerable people during the COVID-19 lockdown. They are a shining example of a local business going above and beyond to serve the community.
“I decided to nominate them for Western Power Distribution’s In This Together – Community Matters Fund as they had worked tirelessly during the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m delighted they received the £1500 grant, and I hope it will help them continue their good work.
“I would like to extend my thanks to Jill and her team for their remarkable efforts and congratulate them on being awarded this well-deserved grant.”
Alison Sleightholm, WPD’s Resources & External Affairs Director, said:
“Throughout this crisis we have worked tirelessly to support our local communities and keep the energy flowing to our 7.9 million customers. The crisis is far from over and as we enter the next phase of the UK’s response to the pandemic, we’re delighted that 92 MPs in our regions have nominated deserving causes for up to £1,500 of funding.
“We’re proud that, so far, we have been able to fund over 450 charities and groups within our area. Through the extension of our fund and with the fantastic support of our MPs, we’re able to support even more organisations doing valuable community work.”