Cardiff shoppers have donated more than 5,000 toys to children who are in need this Christmas , with the appeal – run by the St David’s Shopping Centre – exceeding its target.
The charity aimed to collect 4,000 toys to donate to various charities across Wales, but have reached 5,200 thanks to the generosity of Christmas shoppers.
From December 1, shoppers were encouraged to buy an extra Christmas gift for a less fortunate child and drop it off at the St David’s donation station.
The appeal ended on Tuesday, December 22, and a team of helpers have made sure that all gifts are being delivered safely in time for Christmas.
Eleven charities will benefit
Thanks to the generosity of donors, St David’s have been able to donate the toys to four additional charities. In total, 11 Welsh charities have benefited from the donations.
They include Ty Hafan , Llamau, HomeStart, Valleys Kids, George Thomas Hospice, Sparkle, Barnados Cymru, Dreams and Wishes, Action for Children, Cardiff Women’s Aid and Barry Beavers.
Steven Madeley, general manager at the shopping centre, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have supported these fantastic local charities to help bring some Christmas magic to the children and young people they represent.
“We are so grateful to our generous customers who have not only helped us hit our ambitious target, but have surpassed it, allowing us to give even more gifts to children across Wales who may not have the Christmas that we enjoy every year.
“We want to thank our shoppers for the overwhelming amount of donations, and we hope that our Toy Appeal has made a big difference to children across South Wales.”