A HUSBAND and wife duo have been nominated twice for one of Newport’s Night of Honour award, after they opened their guesthouse to vulnerable adults and teenagers.
Carla and Gary Pesticcio have been nominated for the Above and Beyond Award, one of four award categories still looking for nominations.
The pair, who run Westwood Villa in Crosskeys, has opened the doors of their holiday guesthouse to those seeking emergency housing.
They work closely with councils in the area, including Newport Council and Caerphilly Council, and are on alert night and day, ready to open up their home to anyone who needs it.
46-year-old Mr Pesticcio said: “Many of the people who stay here are confused and wondering about life and the next step.
“They have all kinds of issues and we try to be a listening ear, give realistic advice and discuss their opportunities.
“We don’t just see their situation as being down and out, but as an option make a next step.”
The former IT company sales manager said helping others was something he and his wife had always thought about doing.
“It’s very fulfilling, especially when you help somebody and they move on. The main thing we are helping people get on in life. We are trying to invest in people.”
The couple, who are able to house up to four teenagers and adults at any one time, often keep in contact with their guests and sometimes become friends.
The guesthouse, which has been running for just over 18 months, has only worked with local councils for the last year.
Nominations are still open for the Night of Honour awards, which will be presented in a free ceremony on Sunday, September 28.
The four categories are the Newport Braveheart Award, Young Person of the Year, Above and Beyond Award and Neighbour of the Year award.
To nominate someone, please email email@example.com or ring 01633 244453 for more information.