A private donation of tens of thousands of pounds has saved a volunteer scheme credited with helping to cut city centre violence.
The Safer Capital crime-fighting partnership had rejected the Cardiff Street Pastors’ bid for funding this year.
As a result, this weekend’s patrol among drunken revellers in the city centre was to have been the group’s last.
But Cardiff Street Pastors’ director, Gary Smith (pictured), said a private individual has stepped in at the last minute with a donation that will enable the service to continue until the autumn, at least.
The pastors are Christian volunteers who patrol between 10pm and 4am on Friday and Saturday nights, helping revellers who are too drunk to help themselves – particularly around the Christmas period and ‘Black Friday’.
Watch a video showing the street pastors in action during ‘Black Friday’ last year.
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