THE homeless and struggling families in Swindon are being helped thanks to an initiative started by a cafe owner.

Gustoso, in Old Town, along with wine bar Yard 93 has launched an appeal to gather essential items for them and the results have been tremendous.

Since launching two days ago they have already helped six families thanks to the donations from the people of Swindon.

The restaurant and bar has pledged to offer support to the homeless and also to those who have a home but are struggling financially.

Louise Field, 53, the owner of the restaurant, said: “I cannot thank everybody who has donated enough. No matter how small or big you have helped make a family’s situation that little bit better. The community in this town is amazing and we have shown time and time again that we care for each others wellbeing.”

Louise added: “Please keep the donations coming, you can take them to either my cafe or Yard 93.”

So far both venues have managed to collect 10 carrier bags, two boxes, and shelves full from donations of tinned food, biscuits, cooking sauces and other items.

crackers as well as cereal, sweets, crisps, chocolate and produce.

Louise plans to carry on running the appeal all year round in a bid to try and take away as much stress and worry as possible from those in difficulty