A WREXHAM social enterprise boss spoke of his plans to support those who need extra help this Christmas and beyond.

Pete Humphreys, 41, founded Yellow and Blue (YAB) following the death of his father - also named Pete - and a close friend who both had bowel cancer in recent years.

"My dad was terminal from the start," He said. "One thing he always wanted was somewhere he could go and chill out which was something between palliative care and a consultation room.

"We wore blue for his funeral, and yellow for my friend - and that's where the name came from."

Mr Humphreys started YAB as an online charity, but had the goal of setting up a community hub to help people.

He has helped him mum Rosemary to run Number 22 Cafe, based in Ty Pawb, which has so far given out more than 6,000 meals to the elderly and regularly gives meals to Cais.

But now Mr Humphreys has secured a base which he plans to turn into a hub - an activity centre and workshop space by day, and a community bistro by night.

The unit, in Henblas Street, is located near the entrance to Xplore! and is expected to be fully fitted out with a seating area, activity space and kitchen by May next year.

In the meantime, it will serve as a drop off point for donations towards several appeals the organisation is running, as well as a distribution point for food in a Lottery-funded scheme to help those in need.

Mr Humphreys said: "We're going to be working with Wrexham Given To Shine, Wrexham Homeless, Nanny Biscuit and other groups in the town.

"We have a very passionate team behind YAB and we want to create a hub which will bring a big social impact for people - for example those with terminal illnesses, so they have a place like like my dad wanted.

"There are so many people going through things alone and in silence.

"We want to create a place people can come in, sit down, relax and breathe.

"We are navigating covid restrictions at the moment but we're hoping once they're lifted we can really take off and make a social impact in Wrexham.

"We'll have an activity timetable supporting everyone including mental health, those with terminal illnesses, learning difficulties and even just a drop in centre for lads and dads."

Mr Humphreys said the organisation will be working over Christmas to give out food to those in need.

"So many places are going to be closed on Christmas day," he said. "We're doing a collaboration between YAB, Given to Shine, Wrexham Homeless, Number 22 and Kaspas called operation Christmas Dinner. "We're aiming to provide 100 three-course meals for elderly people, those in temporary housing or homeless and any families who need support.

"We have had 31 dinners donated so far and a lot more interest. "We're also doing a Christmas Eve collaboration to give food parcels out here (in Henblas Street)."

Mr Humphreys said he is inviting donations of non-perishable foods and treats.

Items donated which match Wrexham Foodbank's list will be sent on to the food bank, he said.

The organisation is also calling for donations of clothing and toiletries as part of its rucksack appeal to help those in temporary accommodation.

Those wishing to donate to or support Yellow and Blue, or to find out more about the organisation's projects, can make contact via Facebook (@yabgroupltd) or by info@yellowandblue.org