Burger van owner is inspired by Swansea City's Angel Rangel to donate food to the homeless
A SWANSEA burger van man has been inspired by a city footballer to go out on the streets to help the homeless.
Kind-hearted David Hopkin decided to follow in the footsteps of Swans star Angel Rangel by going out on the bitterly cold weekend to support rough sleepers.
The 34-year-old, who runs his business from Parc Ynysderw, Pontardawe, said he also spurred into action following a feature on BBC One's The One Show.
Mr Hopkin said: "I was inspired by the Swansea City footballer Angel Rangel to go out on the streets on Saturday night to help the homeless. I thought it was a selfless act.
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"I was reading about him at the same time that The One Show on the BBC had a feature about keeping warm by eating fatty foods.
"I thought the best way to keep the homeless warm was by going out and offering them a free hot drink and a burger.
"I started off by phoning around shelters and Swansea Hope.
"I got chatting with a lot of wonderful people just by trying to find out what to do and where to go."
Mr Hopkin, from Gorseinon, placed an appeal to help him locate Swansea's homeless on Facebook. He added: "I must have made about 15 to 20 phone calls and hit a brick wall.
"I went down to Swansea with my van and went behind the YMCA and started searching the streets for the homeless. I couldn't find any so I went to Dinas Fechan which is based in The Strand in Swansea.
"Although they were taking people up to a church in Mumbles where they could have shelter, they were unable to supply food.
"I have struck a deal with them to supply them food each day."
Mr Hopkin was full of praise for the project along with organisations, including Outreach and Swansea Hope, for ensuring the homeless had somewhere to sleep for the night.
He said customers who had overheard him trying to help the homeless had given him extra cash along with items to give to those who needed them.
"I'm completely overwhelmed," he said. "I had a tear in my eye when one chap came out of nowhere and handed me £10 to cover the cost of giving the food.
"People have also started giving me jumpers and hooded tops to hand over to the homeless. I have had people donating items since Saturday."