Community Counts | Wales | Campaigns

In the community spirit of solidarity, locals, activists, and allies swiftly set up fundraisers to help a grief-stricken family, fight a crusading cause – or to simply just show some solid support for those floored by fate. Find out how you can help here:

Family Fundraisers

In Memory of Matthew Snooks – organised by Emma Hunt

Our beautiful brother in law Matthew Snooks sadly passed away peacefully at home with his wife Rachel at his side on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.
Unfortunately due to Covid restriction Matthew will not receive the send off he deserves.
After receiving many offers to contribute from family and friends, Sarah and I have set up this page for anyone who would like to make a donation to help ease the financial pressure of an unexpected funeral at this heartbreaking time.
Matthew battled with a rare genetic illness for the last 8 years which resulted in a Bone Marrow transplant that failed.
Most of you will not have known about Matthews illness as he showed so much strength throughout, even though this included numerous trips to King’s hospital London and weekly transfusions in hematology unit at UHW.
Never once did Matthew complain, he was a true fighter and continued to work full time throughout.
Matthew’s condition deteriorated over the last six months where the genetic condition have affected his liver, lungs, and heart.
Matthew was admitted New Years Day very unwell and was given the devastating news that there was nothing more they could do to treat him.
Matthew came home Wednesday 20th January to spend his final days with Palliative Care in place at his home with his Wife Rachel by his side.
Matthew fought for so long but sadly gave up the fight on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

In Memory Of Jody Ross – organised by Abby Jones.

As many of you are aware Jody passed away suddenly on Monday afternoon and I’m sure most of you are still in shock as are we.
We know his death has affected so many people, Jody was loved by so many and made such an impact on so many peoples lives. We have seen so many people wanting to help his family in any way that they can so we have set this page up so that family and friends can donate.
The best thing we can do for Jody now is to give him the send off he deserves and to make sure his beautiful little girl River is looked after so all money raised will go towards making sure he has the best send off and the rest will be put aside for Rivers future. 

Thank you all for your support for Jodys family in this devastating time.

RIP Jody Ross ❤️❤️❤️

Donate to Mind in memory of Lee Clements

Our town’s community has been rocked, and many families torn apart, by the spate suicides over the last few years.

This includes Chae Degaetano, seven young local lads who took their lives within nearly as many months – including Samuel Uphill, popular tattooist Lee Clements, popular local woman Sian Lewis, and many more who have found themselves in the deepest and darkest places.

Many families and friends of these much-missed loved ones, support Mind, and ask for donations in memory of those they have lost so the mental health charity can be there for everyone who needs them.


Gobaith Suicide Support

Gobaith (Barri) have joined forces with CUBE (Community United Barry 4 Everyone).

CUBE, a collective of residents are campaigning to fund a permanent place that provides a series of services, including suicide support, for our community. They have come together to make a difference for families living with or affected by mental health , suicide, grief and loss , domestic abuse and substance misuse.

Many of them have lived-in experiences of dealing with services, some of them have been supported in the past by other agencies, and others have been instrumental in setting up groups within Barry to help.

Thanks for being a huge part of the story too, and good luck with the rest of your journey – Rachel, Gobaith, and CUBE.

Community Campaigns:

Penally Welcome Packs

Asylum seekers leaving the “inhumane” conditions at the Penally ex-military camp in West Wales are being given welcome packs by Stand Up to Racism-Vale. The first five packs have already been issued and there will be growing need as a steady stream of men leave the camp. 

The packs have been welcomed by the asylum seekers from Penally who have next to nothing. Each welcome pack contains a hat, socks, gloves, scarf/bandana, towels, deodorant, razors, shave gel, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste.It would be amazing if people could donate any of the above — apart from deodorant and soap (we have plenty of these for the moment) — for people in real need. 

A donation of a single item will be really welcomed.

There is also a need for good condition clothing and footwear.

Please message us here for more information and details of the drop off point.

Stand Up to Racism Vale are also supporting a number of campaigns, and joining with the organisers to ask for your help in raising crucial funds. These include:

Help Mohamud Hassan get the justice he deserves

Mohamud Hassan, 24, was arrested in his Cardiff home on Friday 8th January under the most violent of circumstances. Twenty South Wales police officers removed all occupants from the residence leaving Mohamud alone. We are attempting to raise money for funeral arrangements and legal fees. A case has been opened however to ensure justice we are also looking into opening a private case of our own.

Please help us get #justice4Mohamud by donating, sharing this post and spreading his story. Any support is appreciated.

BLM (Cardiff) have set up a Link Tree for the Mahamud Hassan Campaign – this includes Mahamud Hassan Fundraiser, Justice4Mahamud Petition, Lee Jasper Blog, Body Cam Footage Police Petition, and a Welsh Media Report, all in one place:

Justice for Christopher Kapessa

Christopher’s body was found in the River Cynon, on 1 July 2019, after he and others were out by the river. An initial investigation by SWP concluded that Christopher’s death was as a result of a ‘tragic accident’.  

After concerns were raised, the force’s major crime investigation team was brought in.   On 19 February 2020, the CPS wrote to the family stating that there was sufficient evidence to support a charge of manslaughter but that a prosecution was not in the public interest.

The family wants the CPS decision reviewed but needs £10,000 for legal fees to get started, and more later to proceed.

Thank you for your support & donations to assist the family of Christopher get justice.

Free Siyanda

On 25 May 2019, what started as a joyous bank holiday for Siyanda ended as a nightmare and changed her life forever. Without any provocation, Siyanda was racially abused and physically assaulted by adults much older than her.

Siyanda and her family expected the police to investigate the incident thoroughly but what they experienced was a litany of failures. To their horror Siyanda who has disabilities, was arrested and then charged with GBH, and she was convicted and sentenced to four and half years on 13 March 2020.

An appeal was dismissed by a single Judge. An onward right of appeal to the Court of Appeal has now been lodged and representation has been secured by Siyanda’s new legal defence team Virgo Consultancy Services Ltd who have retained Michael Mansfield QC to advocate on behalf of Siyanda at her appeal.

The national campaign ‘Free Siyanda‘, was launched to right the wrong and ensure that justice prevails in this case.

Thank you all who have donated, shared, and supported.


Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist. She blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.

#CommSpirit is where Sue, mixes up news and views to showcase some of the movers and shakers in our communities. And promotes those lush locals who are putting our very own stomping ground firmly on the map.

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