Lord Mayor Cllr Mark Child visits Townhill’s first food bank

The Lord Mayor of City & County of Swansea has visited The Phoenix Centre’s food bank and has kindly donated £150 supermarket vouchers, to help with the stock for emergency food parcels.

Lord Mayor Cllr Mark Child with centre manager Leanne Dower

Townhill food bank, the first for the area, was set up and funded in April by the Local People Project. The team of volunteers are currently helping hundreds of people from Townhill, Mayhill & Gors with emergency supplies weekly.

“With many people finding themselves in times of hardship due to no fault of their own, we had to do something to help. Unfortunately, unemployment rates have soared and Universal Credit payments can take up to 7 weeks after applying. That’s a long time with no income coming in and we don’t want to see anyone in our community ever go without food”, says Leanne Dower.

Each Wednesday the team deliver emergency parcels to members of the community and the Lord Mayor wanted to visit the centre personally to thank the team for their efforts and show support for this vital service.

Lord Mayor Cllr Mark Child, volunteer Susan Milward and Leanne Dower.

The centre welcomes donations of food, toiletries and other essential items that will help those who are in need of extra help and support during this time.

If anyone finds themselves in a position where they need emergency food supplies they can call the Phoenix Centre on a Monday or Tuesday on 01792 478900.

The Phoenix Centre staff and members of the Local People Project ‘walk all over cancer’ and raise over £1000 for Elle Dennis.

Elle Dennis from Townhill is just 21 and has just finished her chemotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with Leukaemia in November last year.

All staff at the Phoenix and members of our community wanted to do something to support Elle and her family at this difficult time.

The team of 27 committed to walking 10,000 steps every day throughout March. The target was set and by the 31st March they should have completed a staggering 7 million steps.

We’re over the moon to announce that they smashed the target and ended up walking just under 10 million steps!

The team walked a staggering total of 9,887,806 steps, even with current lockdown conditions.

Leanne Dower, centre manager, kickstarted the campaign and has been the driving force behind the challenge. Leanne has been keeping everyone on track by tallying up everyone’s steps on a master sheet at the Phoenix.

The community have been able to keep up to date with everyone’s progress on the notice board and sponsor the team or support by donating onsite or online.

“We wanted to do something to support Elle and her family at this difficult time.

The commitment and dedication shown from everyone who took part has been outstanding”

“Even with the current lockdown situation, we were all determined to finish and achieve the target and raise lots of cash for a courageous lady in our community. Thank you to everyone who took part and those who donated”, says Leanne.

Star walker goes to Leanne Norman for exceeding the daily target every day for 31 days… amazing achievement 👏🏽

The sponsorship money will be collected when it’s safe to do so and a final total will be released in due course however we are pleased to announce It’s over £1000!

A massive well done must go to Leanne Dower, Dawn Passmore, Paul Bevan, Anthony Cooze, Jinxy, June Owen, Emily Hayman, Chris Evans, Christine Vectre, Stacey Hannigan, Katie Kneath, Laura Morgan, Nicola Brain, Leanne Norman, Lucy Norman, Laura Melville, Natalee Robins, Susan Milward, Veronica Gilbert, Lowrie Nott, Kayleigh Evans, Jayne Dower, Jessica Rowe, Sam Perdue, Sophie Pearce, Katie Begley, Jess Sims, Kelly Brain, Sandra Williams, Anthony Davies, Adam O’Brien & Josh Battye.

Without your dedication and spirit, none of this would have been possible. Give those legs a well-deserved rest folks!

We will be in touch shortly with a total and will be getting your donations over to Elle and her family.


7 Million Steps For Elle Dennis

Elle Dennis from Townhill is just 21 and in November last year, she was rushed into hospital feeling unwell. It was confirmed she had Sepsis and then also diagnosed with Leukaemia. Elle and her family are currently travelling back and forth Cardiff receiving treatment for the Leukaemia. Elle may need a bone marrow transplant.

All staff at the Phoenix wanted to do something to support Elle and her family at this difficult time.

Throughout March, Cancer Research is running a campaign called “Walk over Cancer”

As a team, The Phoenix Centre staff and community members of the Local People Project, are committing to walking 10,000 steps per day. By the 31st March, they would have completed a staggering 7 million steps.

Please help us raise money for Elle and her family. Each participant has sponsor forms or you can donate on this page. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/seven-million-steps-for-elle-dennis

Thank you, The Phoenix Centre & Local People Project.

Community Christmas Lantern Parade 2019

What another great turnout from our community for our annual lantern parade, proudly funded by the Local People Project.

With help from our volunteers and staff, we’ve been running lantern workshops since early November. Children from our community came along to create their very own lanterns

Our workshop co-ordinators, Leanne, Ricky and Laura.

We set off from The Phoenix Centre and braved the stormy weather singing Christmas songs, led by the police and followed by St John’s Ambulance . It was great to see so many local residents come out to wave and cheer on the children along our route.

After the parade was complete, we then headed to St Nicholas church for the annual ‘Christingle’ service. The children loved learning about Christmas and making their very own ‘Christingle’

Refreshments were then available in the Church hall for everyone to rest their legs and warm up with a cuppa.

A huge thank you to those who participated and made this years one of the funniest yet – the hail, thunder, lightning and sleet certainly didn’t stop us and what a giggle we had. We can’t wait for next year already.

We would like to say a massive thank you to the following:-

Ricky, Leanne & Laura for holding the workshops.
Phoenix Café for helping us with the refreshments
Our Local People Project committee members for supporting the event and giving up their time
St John’s Ambulance & our local Police members for ensuring we were safe along our route.
St Nicholas & St Jude’s church for a brilliant service and use of the church hall.
And finally the Local People Project, for funding another great event that brings our community together, at Christmas time.

Lantern Parade 2019

This year we see the annual ‘Lantern Parade’ return to Townhill.
Workshops for children to make their lanterns start on November 6th and run every Wednesday 4-6pm and Saturday 10am-12pm until the event.
Route to be confirmed in due course but this year we promise to make it bigger and better than before. If you would like to get involved, feel free to get in touch.