CHILDREN living in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf will enjoy a merry Christmas this year after staff at Cwm Taf Health Board donated more than £1,300 to buy presents for them as part of the annual Santa Appeal.
Gifts have been bought for 52 toddlers, children and teenagers living in the two local authority areas with the donations from people working in departments across the health board.
The presents include baby’s clothes, interactive toys, dolls, gift cards for older teens and chocolates.
A Santa Appeal is held every year by Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf councils to make sure that no child misses out on Christmas. People are asked to contact a hotline and are given the name and age of a child they can buy a present for.
Darrell Clarke, (pictured) head of children and young people service redesign at Cwm Taf Health Board, who helped to organise the donations, said: “When we heard about the Santa Appeal we wanted to get involved and support our local communities.
“This is the time of the year for giving and we’re really pleased to be able to give something to children who may otherwise not have had anything this Christmas.”
Gwenan Roberts, head of organisational development at Cwm Taf Health Board, who also coordinated the appeal, added: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response and donations we’ve had from staff across the health board – pledges came flooding in from the moment we started collecting for the Santa Appeal.
“We’ve been able to buy gifts for so many children thanks to the generosity of staff working for the health board.”
Councillor Brent Carter, cabinet member for community services at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, said: “Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council children’s services runs a Santa Appeal each year to provide gifts for some of the most vulnerable children and young people the council supports.
“The council very much appreciates the contribution staff in Cwm Taf Health Board have made to the appeal this year.”
And Councillor Annette Davies, Rhondda Cynon Taf’s cabinet member for children’s social services, said: “Thank you to staff at Cwm Taf Health Board and indeed to everyone who has contributed to the Santa Appeal this year.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of local people and businesses who support the annual appeal, buying gifts to ensure no child misses out on Christmas.”