Wales & West Utilities has joined Cardiff Council’s appeal to help send gifts to over 45 vulnerable children and their families this Christmas.

Colleagues from the gas emergency and pipeline service have spent months collecting gifts which will now be given to young children and their families across the city over the Christmas period.

This is the sixth year that Wales & West Utilities has supported the appeal, which is run annually by the Council’s social services team.

Colleagues have got behind the cause and are delighted to help spread some festive cheer to families who would usually see Christmas pass them by. The children supported through the present appeal are from families in need for a variety of reasons and would be unlikely to have any presents for Christmas this year.

Gemma Kennedy, Priority Customer Advisor from Wales & West Utilities, helped organise the appeal and said:

We are delighted to play just a small part in helping to spread a little cheer to families this Christmas. We know just how tough this year has been for people and this is our way of helping to give something back to the community we work in.

Our colleagues have, once again, been incredible - without their support this couldn’t go ahead. They have thrown their weight behind the appeal and their generosity will hopefully mean that Christmas Day is a little brighter for children across Cardiff.

Susan Davies, Family Support Worker for Cardiff Children’s Services, said:

I am absolutely thrilled to have this support for our vulnerable families. This year is even more difficult for them due to the cost-of-living crisis, so I know these gifts will be so appreciated.

The parents can now breathe a sigh of relief that they don’t have to worry about putting a smile on their children’s faces this year. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who bought a gift for a child in need.

Andrea Pugh, Social Obligations Assistant, from Wales & West Utilities was only too happy to support the appeal. She added:

Not everyone is fortunate, and Christmas can be tough in so many ways, but this gift appeal seeks to make a difference to children out there.

I enjoyed buying gifts that I know will bring a smile to children’s faces on Christmas morning. This is such an important initiative and one that I hope to continue supporting – for the benefit of children across Cardiff.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we'll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We'll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.