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Support Cardiff’s NHS / frontline staff: buy them dinner!


There are a number of ways you can support Cardiff’s frontline staff. This page covers a number of INGENIOUS fundraisers that are being run by Cardiff people – to FEED STAFF AT NHS HOSPITALS!

There’s also another We Are Cardiff page dedicated purely to donating money / supplies for staff at NHS hospitals.

Please comment below if you have more links that need to be added. And if you can, donate generously.

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So far I’ve come across THREE different fundraisers organised by amazing local businesses, all raising money to deliver food /  coffee /  meals / snacks etc to staff in hospitals in Cardiff.


Waterloo Tea’s GOFUNDME – Feeding NHS staff at UHW – Heath Hospital

Working in collaboration with the NHS staff and volunteers, Waterloo Tea have set up a volunteer cafe in the Heath Hospital Sports and Social Club, open from Monday 30 March, providing free food and drink to NHS staff working there.  (It’s not a Waterloo Tea cafe – they are just co-ordinating and their staff are volunteering there). This is the Feed The Heath project!

The cafe is intended to be a place close to the hospital buildings where NHS workers can get some respite. With cafes on site closing down recently the food options are becoming even more limited. They’re aiming to offer healthy nutritious food to fuel the staff at the hospital.

They will also be co-ordinating any donations of food that businesses want to give to the hospital. They are asking other businesses/initiatives to get in touch, so they can coordinate together. So far they are supported by Ace Essential Supplies, Windsor Fruit and Veg, Cakes by Angela, Juboraj Restaurants, Brod – Danish Bakery, Early Bird Cafe, Penylan PantryMilkwood Restaurant, Penylan Preserves, Wellfield Fish Bar, Restaurant James Sommerin, Secret Garden CafeWelshman’s Lunch, Lucinda’s Kitchen, PLUS MORE!


  • Suppliers – please donate Ingredients for chefs to cook with / Disposables / take away boxes and coffee cups (ideally compostable or recyclable)
  • Caterers – please donate prepared meals they can deliver to the hospital for healthcare workers to eat something  healthy and nutritious. They  can contribute to the cost of ingredients from the fundraising.
  • Businesses & Individuals – please donate cash donations for purchasing essential items including ingredients, drinks, disposables.
  • Follow @FeedTheHeath on Twitter



The #helptheheroes campaign has been set up to help feed our amazing NHS staff by a collective of independent food businesses from the Cardiff and Newport area. The plan: A weekly food based care package, made up of goods from each independent business involved, will be dropped off to a different hospital each week in the Cardiff, Vale and Newport area. So far wonderful Kev has worked with loads of wonderful local chefs and kitchens, including Wild ThingLeyli JoonBad Boy Brownies – and has delivered food and drinks to Heath Hospital, Llandough Hospital, and Rockwood Hospital (who have no on-site food provision for staff at all, so really need the food!)



This joint effort co-ordinated Grazing Shed pulls in a ton of local food businesses to feed and water NHS frontline workers. You donate money to the campaign, the food makers make food and deliver it to hospitals in Cardiff.

Have we missed anything? Please add in the comments, SHARE THESE FUNDRAISING OPPS FAR AND WIDE.

Oh – and stay inside, and wash your paws.

Peas. WAC x

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Student Action for Refugees – Peace Feast and Refugee Rhythms

Ellie Philpotts headed along to some Cardiff Student Action for Refugees (STAR) events to see what good they’re whipping up in the local community. 


It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that Cardiff is a seriously welcoming place to live. The diversity of city living is clear to see, as it seems like on every corner you’ll always be greeted with a friendly face and the choice of either a cup of tea /  shish kebab / bara brith / kimchi stew / proper Italian wood-fired pizza. Or all five of them if you feel like it. At the same time. Because why not.

Demonstrating the best of this is a team of Cardiff University students, who go by the name of STAR (Student Action for Refugees).

Student Action for Refugees is a national network spanning across 35 British universities. Everyone there is motivated by the common goal of helping to improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers, by teaching them English, maths and other skills at weekly classes; fundraising and basically having a grand old time.

Speaking of which, there are plenty of ways to get involved, and you totally should. A recent way this was made possible was Peace Feast. The annual event sees members from all over the community gather together; eating a home-cooked meal or two and celebrating the role refugees and asylum seekers bring to the area. This year, it came to town on Sunday 21 Feb at Cathays Community Centre. Since 2012, the day has remained a success, and this year was no different. Working alongside Bridges for Communities, an organisation passionate at swapping negative stereotypes in favour of forming friendships between cultures, Peace Feast got everyone talking and sharing experiences, over the universally-enjoyed medium of good food.

As good as Peace Feast was, it wasn’t the biggest event of STAR’s calendar – an honour which can surely only go to Refugee Rhythms.

refugee rhythms

Once again, Refugee Rhythms made a storm in the Students’ Union on Thursday 25 Feb. Again following its triumph from previous years, all of STAR’s volunteers put in the hours to ensure the smooth running what could only be called the best cultural celebration in all of Cardiff. Featuring a global array of cuisine, music and talent, it appears everyone came away wanting to take up some new instrument, even if you’re slightly tone-death, aka me.

Local  groups Afro Cluster, who specialise in an afro-funk hip-hop feel, and Bass 12, who describe themselves as ‘a riot jazz style band’, stole the show, but a whole host of other musicians (many of whom double up as students by day…) were found gracing the stage.


If dancing off your food baby of hummus and falafel is your type of exercise, you were probably found at this week’s Refugee Rhythms. But if you couldn’t make it, remember there’ll be plenty of opportunities to give back to the local community. Like many cities, Cardiff thrives on its diversity, and that’s the way volunteers at STAR, plus a lot of others, want it to stay.  Check out the Cardiff STAR website for more reiteration of how easy yet rewarding helping refugees is.


Ellie Philpotts

Ellie Philpotts is our writer on the ground in central Cardiff. Telling it like it is!

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Sleeping rough for We Are Cardiff …

Hi friends,

On Thursday 27 March I’m going to be sleeping rough to raise money for local charities that support the homeless and vulnerable here in Cardiff.

I know times are hard, but imagine having to sleep outside during the really REALLY bad weather that we had earlier this year. I only have to do it for one night, and I’m absolutely bricking it. Imagine having to do it every night – whatever the weather is doing. Pretty terrible, hey.

So please donate whatever you can: my Justgiving link is here – Justgiving Helia Phoenix

The event is called CEO Sleepout, and the Cardiff event will be held on 27 March 2014 in Cardiff Castle. I’ll be liveblogging the night on the @WeAreCardiff Twitter feed (there will be reminders on that closer to the time…) 

In case you and I haven’t met before, this is me. I’m frequently found running around under bypasses waving brightly coloured balls in the air. Ooer.

Helia Phoenix - photograph taken by Simon Ayre

So, how did I get involved … occasionally I’ll write about someone who I’ll refer to as a ‘friend of We Are Cardiff’. These are typically people who have written for the blog, and volunteered to help out in some other way, possibly donating money or time or body parts to help out in times of need on the blog. I was sort of kidding about the body parts, but some of these people are the most generous you’ll ever meet. One of those is the guy who kicked off this website, in terms of being the first person who wrote a story for it.

That dude is Neil Cocker, and what a dude he is. This is Neil, squinting into the sunlight for his We Are Cardiff portrait…

neil cocker

Anyway, a few weeks back Neil posted on Facebook about taking part in something called the CEO Sleep Out Cardiff, where local business people and founders of organisations are sleeping rough to raise money for three local charities who help homeless and vulnerable individuals.

I had a look at the website, and was pretty amazed by the number of people who were volunteering for the Cardiff Sleep Out compared to other events held at the time. There were a lot of people volunteering, like really a lot. I emailed Neil about it, and he convinced me to do it. I enjoyed his email, so I’ll reproduce it here:

“Do it.
Do it.
It’ll be fun*

* cold, wet, miserable. But very worthwhile, raise loads of cash for people who have to do it every day, and something to tell your grandkids.”

Neil is a bit of an inspiration. He’s one of those “run marathons, run my own business, donate money to charities, volunteer for everything and still have time to go out and enjoy life” people, as you’ll probably gather from his We Are Cardiff entry. I won’t go into everything that Neil does, because, quite frankly, this blog post is meant to be about me rather than him (though you should definitely go to Neil Cocker’s website and read all about him there). So it’s not surprising at all that he’s volunteered for this, nor that he’s already raised nearly £300 probably by doing absolutely nothing other than signing up.

If you’d rather sponsor Neil I won’t take it personally – the important thing is that the charities get your monies, after all. In fact, I sponsored him! Visit Neil’s fundraising page.

The three local charities being supported by CEO Sleepout Cardiff are:


Service Leavers Wales

Cardiff Food Bank

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting more about the great work that those charities do. So stay tuned! And in case you forgot to do it the first time – sponsor me for the Cardiff sleep out here


We Are Cardiff invites you to Roath Rocks – 4 May, The Gower Pub Roath

Wouldn’t you know it. Our wonderful friend Wayne Courtney is throwing us a fundraiser to try and raise some cash for the We Are Cardiff: Portrait of A City film that we’re making! The party is taking place at the Gower Pub in Roath as part of the Roath Rocks Weekend. It’s on Friday 4th May – there’s a raffle with some amazing prizes – and YOU are all invited!

Friday 4 May
The Gower Pub, Roath
6pm til late

Line up for the night:
– Hullaballo
– The Fflip Fflops
– Calum Ross & The Scarlets.
Also making special appearances that night will be Hobo Bogweed and comic duo The Chicago Boys.


We also have a pretty amazing raffle as part of our fundraising … check out the list of prizes below!

A bottle of champagne (courtesy of EstatesDirect Cardiff)
A 60 minute treatment + spa voucher (value £50) (courtesy of City Marshall Massage Therapy)
A rare first issue of Blown magazine (courtesy of Blown)
Five free zumba classes (courtesy of Sarah Sen)
Two amazing plush toy robots from Milkwood gallery (courtesy of Milkwood Gallery)
Photography session and stills (courtesy of Pontcanna Photo)
2 tickets to any Indigo Live event (shows listed below, courtesy of Indigo Live)

So get yourselves down to the Gower Pub in Roath on Friday 4 May, and have yourselves a fun evening – win some prizes – and help us raise money to make our film!

The Gower Pub, 29 Gwennyth Street, Roath (click here for the map)

Join the Facebook event for the night here


Indigo Live are passionate music fans first, and promoters second. As Indigo Live is not a commercial venture, but a labour of love, it enables us to have a diverse booking policy so that we are not limited by genre, venue, or demographic. Cardiff has a very vibrant and diverse music scene which is seeing a resurgence in local Welsh talent. Where possible we always seek to add local supports to touring artists/bands in order to generate exposure or introduce the band/s to a new audience. There will always be a place for live music in Cardiff, and Indigo Live in its small way is looking forward to playing a part in promoting the city, its culture and music.
Indigo Live is offering 2 free tickets to one show of their choice from the following:
An Audience with Howard Marks | The Gate, Cardiff | 12 May | 16+ show
Keep it Cash w/Rusty Shackle | The Globe, Cardiff | 12 May | 14+ show
Said The Whale | Buffalo Bar, Cardiff | 20 May | 18+ show
Mark Morriss/Chris Helme | Clwb Ifor Bach | 24 May | 14+ Show
The Christians | The Globe, Cardiff | 25 May | 14+ show
Fossil Collective w/Paper Aeroplanes | Clwb Ifor Bach | 6 June | 14+ show

ESTATES DIRECT – the 0% Commission Agent
At EstatesDirect we charge a fair fixed fee to sell or let your property.  To see how much you could save and find out more please visit our website.
EstatesDirect Cardiff is owned and run by Paul and Helen Walters. We pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service throughout your property sale or let, from the initial FREE valuation, through to viewings and finally the sale or let of your property. We are local to Cardiff, and will offer expert advice on marketing your property to its greatest potential and to as many targeted buyers and tenants as possible.

blown magazine is cultural intelligence from Wales, wrapped in a super glossy format full of pictures to make your jaw drop and writing from established heavyweights and emerging new talent: Art, performance, literature, music, fashion and photography. It’s distributed to Tooting, Toronto and Tokyo; Newport to New York and Sydney and Swansea. Produced with passion and sheer derring-so from the blown  Bunker (aka Chapter). Issue two has sold out but we have a few rare copies of issue one and issue three is on its way. Find us on facebook and on our (soon to be redeveloped) web site www.blownmag.com.

City Marshall
is located in the heart of Queen St and has been voted by Wahanda as the Best Therapeutic Massage practice in Wales. It offers 18 therapies and every session is individually tailor made. Enjoy free use of their luxury spa and gym facilities with every treatment. City Marshall is located on the First Floor of Vitality Health Club
8-16 Park Place, Opposite The Parc Hotel and next to Henry’s Bar – Cardiff City Centre CF10 3DN. Call or Text: 07502 104 339. City Marshall website  Find City Marshall on Face Book
see a detailed street map here

Sarah Sen – Zumba!

Sarah’s Zumba classes have been running for over two years, and are a great deal of fun whilst also gaining fitness benefits. Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness regime and takes flavours from all kinds of music internationally. It is exercise in disguise which is why many people have joined the classes whom may never have done fitness previously. And more importantly, they keep coming back for more. Classes in Cardiff are Monday and Thursday 7.45-8.45pm and Tuesday 7-8pm in Roath Park Primary. For more information, call Sarah on 07545 326650 or email her.