This year has seen overwhelming kindness and compassion shared across the communities of Monmouthshire. As the festive season draws near, the good will of people is being called upon once again for the 2020 Christmas Wishes appeal.

Monmouthshire County Council’s Children’s Services team is inviting the local community to make any financial donation they feel they can, in support of the most vulnerable children and young people the team is currently working with. This annual campaign will help bring some festive cheer to over 250 children in need, looked after children and care leavers who have no family support.

Last year, Monmouthshire councillors, community hubs, local companies and even children and clubs got behind the appeal and purchased some fantastic presents, which were then delivered by social workers throughout the county in the run up to Christmas. The appreciation was overwhelming and it was truly amazing how everyone pulled together to support those most in need. Sadly, this year the pandemic has meant that the usual collection, storage and allocation of toys, toiletries and other presents is not possible whilst still ensuring all COVID-19 measures are met. Instead Monmouthshire’s Children’s Services is launching a Christmas Wishes online appeal and every penny donated will be used for gift cards, vouchers and hampers.

Councillor Penny Jones, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health said: “This year has been difficult for families across Monmouthshire and while we continue to face the challenges brought on by the pandemic, the festive season is a time to think about vulnerable children and young people. This year the Christmas Wishes appeal is as important as ever and it is a wonderful opportunity to make sure these young people feel just as special as everyone else. I know times are difficult but I ask if you can spare even a small amount, please do – you really will make a big difference.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal can do so by visiting www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/christmas-wishes/ or ring 014633 644644 option 5 for help.