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Couldn’t even escape Clifton Street in work today, as I updated the info we have on the Lewis Trust charity. Part of my exciting job involves arranging for the council to collect large house hold items that people can’t dispose of themselves. We often refer them on to the Lewis Trust on Clifton Street who, for the last year at least, we have incorrectly been telling people sell second hand furniture to raise money for the PDSA. After visiting the Lewis Trust and interviewing its owner Carol Stamp in relation to the Clifton Street one-way system I discovered this isn’t the case.

The Lewis Trust is the first charity shop I have seen that appears to be totally independent and not only that, a vital part of the community. I won’t write too much about it here as we may do a feature on it at some point but it is a very worthwhile cause supporting communities in a number of ways: obviously giving money to those in need both here and abroad, and supplying furniture at a reasonable price to those who need it (not to mention saving countless items from going into landfill and thus the environment).

You can find them here: 13a, Clifton St, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF24 1PX
Tel:  029 2049 4331

Tonight, after a tip off, we attended the emergency meeting for Adamsdown residents concerning the new one way system in Clifton Street and did some filming.

Those who thought we were there on behalf of the council opened up when they realised we weren’t; those who thought we were from the BBC were less interested when they found out we were students. It is obviously an issue people feel very passionately about and we were able to organise a few interviews. Although as a reporter you are supposed to remain objective (to a point), hearing about the traders who have lost money, some of whom have not taken a wage since before Christmas, it is hard not to take sides.

If by a miracle any residents read this and want to comment please get in touch.

On a different note the project now has its own Twitter account -hopfully everyone will use it – I like the idea of using it to live blog the launch night (March 3rd, 7pm ATRiuM).