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Club donates £5,000 to charity

Wednesday 15th November 2023

Pontypool RFC is delighted to offer a donation to TRAC 2 as it continues its valuable support helping families overcome poverty and financial hardship.

The club appreciates the support of the local community and will always look to give that support back when it can.

Therefore, the club is pledging £5,000 to TRAC 2 to ensure there is access to emergency food for those who need it most.

Club captain Scott Matthews and head coach Leighton Jones presented TRAC 2 CEO Sue Malson and Steve Malson with the donation at Pontypool Park on Tuesday evening.

Sue Malson was incredibly grateful for the donation, saying: “I would like to thank Pontypool RFC for the generous donation for £5,000.

“I’m going to split the donation equally between The Trussell Trust food bank in Pontnewynydd and TRAC 2.

“I have ordered 40 food hampers that will consist of beef, turkey, sausage meat and pigs in blankets so there are families that can have a meal on Christmas Day.

“With the high cost of living many are struggling and it isn’t just those on benefits, it is those working as well.

“We set up the food bank 12 years ago when we were going through austerity.

“Sadly, today in 2023, with the high cost of living the food banks are in more demand than ever.”

Speaking of the decision to split the money between Trussell Trust and TRAC 2, Sue continued: “The charity works 24/7 so our food bank is used 24/7, The Trussell Trust operates three or four times a week in different areas of Torfaen.

“There is a great need at the moment for both food banks to be topped up but the money for TRAC 2 will cover 40 families."

Pontypool RFC Executive Chairman Peter Jeffreys said: “We understand that people are struggling in these difficult times and hopefully with this donation, the club is able to bring some support to those in need.”

TRAC 2 has been serving the Torfaen region since 2011, and does vital work in the community to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Their work has not gone unnoticed as they have been the deserved recipients of the Jo Cox Community Champions Award and an MRW Award.

We understand times are tough but if you are able to please think about donating any money, food or time you have spare to help a worthwhile cause.


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