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Local people help make Christmas special for vulnerable children

Bridge Fm Toy Appeal Brynteg Pupils 1 Hafod Y Wennol And Karen Evans

21 December 2017

Kind-hearted residents, schools, organisations and businesses have donated hundreds of Christmas presents for disadvantaged children in Bridgend so they won’t go without during the festive period.

This year, more than 300 underprivileged children will receive presents to open on Christmas Day thanks to Brynteg Comprehensive School, Bridge FM, Hafod Y Wennol, plus residents and businesses.

Christmas is a time for giving and who more worthy of receiving a Christmas cheer than vulnerable children, particularly those in care who can find this season extremely difficult. 

As part of their annual ‘Santa Appeal’, Brynteg Comprehensive School raised an impressive £4757.32 by organising an array of activities, such as: selling sweets, sponsored walks, bake sales, a carolathon, and bag packing at Sainsbury’s.

In total, pupils were able to purchase presents for 160 children and young people across the county borough. In addition, they have donated £500 to Women’s Refuge. The presents were delivered to the council offices courtesy of Apsee Removals where the Brynteg pupils were waiting to hand-deliver the gifts themselves.

Ryan Davies, Head teacher of Brynteg, was overwhelmed with the efforts of the school children, saying: “This is a great effort from the whole of the school and I am very proud of all my pupils who raised a phenomenal amount of money and were able to buy so many gifts - the lorry was jam-packed!

“I hope there will be a lot of happy children across the county borough this Christmas. Well done to everyone at Brynteg School.”

Once again, the Bridge FM’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal received a phenomenal amount of donated presents – one hundred of which were dropped off to Bridgend County Borough Council’s Safeguarding team to allocate out to children in need.

Members of staff at Hafod y Wennol in the Vale of Glamorgan, an assessment and treatment unit for adults with learning disabilities, went the extra mile this Christmas by getting their friends and family on board to donate presents for children of all ages. Their generosity will see more than 70 children and young people receive a Christmas gift bag, filled with presents.

Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help, Councillor Phil White, said: “For many of us, Christmas is a time for celebration but there are some children who have very little to cheer about and who may not receive a single present without the generosity of local people.

“Every child deserves to have a special Christmas, so I’m absolutely delighted and overwhelmed that so many presents have been donated for disadvantaged children and teenagers in Bridgend. These gifts are truly going to make a huge difference so thank you to everyone who has taken part and donated, particularly Bridge FM, Brynteg Comprehensive School and Hafod y Wennol.”

Priority will be given to those children and young people who have entered the care system at what should be a festive and fun period for them, or those who might not receive anything or very little due to their difficult family circumstances.


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