If you prick us, do we not bleed?

2 runners ran to help an isolated older person in Cardiff.

  • Ellen
  • Sophie Hastings
Sunday, 17th of November 2019
Here's what Mr M of CF11 had to say about the mission:

Mr C's brother called to say a huge thanks to the runners who helped out last weekend. Mr C was really please with what they managed and a follow up to finish the job has been arranged for next weekend or the one afterwards!

Mr M of CF11, mission beneficiary

So said Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. But I don't think he was talking about cutting down brambles! Which is what Sophie and Ellen did for Mr C on Sunday.

We got the mission go ahead and met him promptly at 10am. We were told that Mr C was a bit hesitant with strangers. But he was super friendly and talkative, and let us in right away! He explained that he had difficulty walking and that his garden had over grown somewhat. It had got so bad that he had gone out back recently to have a look, but the back door had accidentally closed behind him! Undaunted, he managed to get through the brambles - no mean feat! - out to the back lane and around to the front. Luckily he had his front door key (or it was unlocked) so he could get back in. What a trooper!

So armed with tools, bags and gloves, we headed out back to do our best. We were determined to not let the brambles defeat us. We snipped and chopped and bagged up what could. We also said hello to the neighbour's dog, who greeted us over the wall. Just over an hour later, we'd bagged up 4 bags worth of green refuse - Which was just a start but made a big difference to Mr C who can now consider what else he wants done in his garden. And "that is the long and short of it". The End.

Report written by Ellen

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Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor
Monday November 18th, 2019 11:43

Great work you two, well done!

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