While a part of Treforest lies in ruin, another part lies in hope.

Many of us have seen the pictures of the sheer tragedy Storm Dennis brought to Pontypridd on Sunday, but as time goes by more kindness is shining through among the chaos.

As families were left without homes over the weekend, strangers not far were already making plans to help those in need.

A small group of people at Treforest Community Centre, dubbed the “unsung heroes”, are some of these people.

On Sunday secretary of the centre, Cheryl Jarman, 58, was one of those who started to put a plan in motion to get people aid.

Treforest Community Centre secretary Cheryl Jarman, pictured with the centre's chairman, Mike Weyman
Thousands of donations have been brought into the centre since Sunday's devastation

Cheryl, was has been secretary since 2006, explained they decided to ask people who were willing to donate unwanted items to help those who had lost everything in the floods.

Over the past 48 hours the centre has had thousands of donations from household items to food to toiletries.

So much stuff has been received that it’s currently overflowing from the centre’s spare room.

The centre has received so many goods that it has sent some to other communities
Cheryl Jarman has been 'overwhelmed by the reaction'

Cheryl said: “We have had a back up of bags this week as donations keep coming through the door.

“I’ve never seen anything like this at all. We’ve had things for babies, prams, clothes, toiletries - anything you can think of.

“We have been overwhelmed by the reaction here.”

In a time of need generosity has been given in abundance.

People have even donated items such as beds, TVs and Sky boxes - anything to help people get back on their feet. And the donations keep coming.

Transit vans were delivering toiletries and baby supplies and boxes of fresh fruit and daffodils even turned up by the end of the day.

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On Monday Cheryl opened up at around 9am thinking she’d be there for 10 minutes to speak to an electrician.

She didn’t leave until 10.20pm because people kept arriving bringing donated goods through the door.

The centre has received so much it’s sending some to other venues like Trallwn Community Centre and Hapi Hub in Rhydyfelin to make sure all communities have enough to go around.

“We just want to say how thankful we are,” added Cheryl. “Can we just say how grateful we are for the generosity of others.

“There was a two-year-old here this morning and it broke her little heart - she has nothing.

“We are trying to help people and they’re saying ‘give it to someone who needs it’, and they have nothing.

“People are proud and they don’t want to take anything.”

People at the centre have been labelled 'unsung heroes'
Just some of the items that have been donated in the space of two days

Councillor Steve Powderhill describes the team at the community centre as the “unsung heroes” who are doing all hard work behind the scenes but often get very little credit for what they do.

He was notified of what was happening at around 5.50am on Sunday and said Cheryl was the first person he turned to for help.

“People were cold,” he said.

“I rang Cheryl to ask her to open the community centre and before 7am she did, and we got all the people who had been affected there.

“I had the council workers here by about 8am. They helped me find accommodation for them.

“We rang around and we got accommodation for everyone that we could find. So I would say I had everything I needed.

“The council workers came on their day off to make sure people had what they needed. I think the council staff have given over and above.”

The centre was opened up early on Sunday morning...
...to help those most in need after the carnage left by Storm Dennis

All at Treforest Community Centre paid special thanks to Treforest Veterinary Clinic who made a donation to enable them to purchase B&Q vouchers to help people re-build their homes.

If more items are donated than are needed the centre will think of other ways to make sure people in need receive them.