Newport Live along with Newport City Council's Children's Services, local businesses, and an incredible group of volunteers in December worked together to support the most vulnerable children, young people, and families in Newport this Christmas.
In a span of 6 weeks, £6,600 was raised, enabling the creation of hundreds of gift bags/hampers. That were filled with age-appropriate presents, gift vouchers, drinks, food, toiletries, warm essentials, selection boxes, and biscuits. The distribution covered Newport, reaching those in most need. The initiative garnered heartwarming comments, numerous smiles, and thanks from the young people who benefited by these efforts.
Karl Reed, Head of Community Sport & Wellbeing said, “We would like to extend a massive thanks to all those who contributed to Newport’s Christmas Cwtch Appeal in 2023. Whether you're a business owner looking to support the local community, a resident donating to a good cause, or a volunteer who wants to help in any way they can, this appeal unites the people of Newport. It strikes a chord with many of us who are passionate about helping others, those who need that extra lift, a Christmas Cwtch, or a smile brought to their faces!”
Councillor Stephen Marshall, Newport City Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Services said “It is heartening to see so many people from the wider Newport community contributing to such a worthy cause, especially during such challenging times with cost of living affecting so many people. I was able to attend the Christmas Party where I talked to families and saw firsthand the happiness the event brought to the children’s faces, especially when they met Father Christmas! My heartfelt thanks to all those who have donated this year, and who have led on this amazing appeal.”
In addition to the gifts and hampers, Newport City Council Children's Services organised a spectacular Christmas party at the Celtic Manor for looked-after children, disabled children, foster families, and those in care. Throughout the evening, the children had the opportunity to meet Father Christmas, who presented them with gifts and selection boxes. The festivities included a DJ and dancefloor, a snow machine, a bucking bronco, sports activities, and games provided by Newport Live. The event also featured an array of food, sweets, and ice creams. It was truly an amazing event, leaving countless happy and smiling faces!
If you are interested in contributing in the future or collaborating with Newport Live on similar projects, or if you have alternative fundraising ideas and opportunities, please reach out to Karl Reed, Head of Community Sport & Wellbeing, at email@example.com.