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Police cadets in Newtown help others by collecting hampers

Cadets Abbey Griffiths, Mollie Caulfield and Jessica Slaymaker with PCSOs Hannah Edwards and Liann Astley and Mollie’s shop manager Sian Clayton.

Police cadets in Newtown have been embracing the spirit of Christmas this year by asking local businesses to help them put hampers together for elderly and vulnerable people living in Powys.

The cadets have written letters to shops, and supermarkets in the town asking for any donations which may be of help.

“They’ve worked really hard on their hampers and we have had a fantastic response from our local businesses,” said Sergeant Jon Rees who’s been helping co-orindate the appeal. “They’ve managed to get tinned foods, packets of biscuits, jars and plenty of non-perishable items and all together they have created around a dozen hampers.

“The plan now is to get them distributed among some of the elderly and vulnerable people we have living locally in the hope of making it a nicer Christmas for them.”

And the businesses were only too keen to help out.

“We donated a mixture of different items,” said owner of Quince’s Tanya Herbert. “Christmas is not just about what you receive but what you can share. And when times are tough it’s nice for people to know that others do care.”