BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR: What's Going On This Year?

Following the great success of last years Be a Santa to a Senior, we are very optimistic for this year!

The initiative is all about getting gifts to older people in the local area who may be on their own or lonely this Christmas.

The way it works is simple. The idea is to let people know that whilst they are busy Christmas shopping, if they were willing to buy an additional gift to donate to our initiative, we will ensure it gets to an older person spending Christmas alone.

We then work with local charities to ensure those gifts are received by those who may not have otherwise received anything to open on Christmas morning.

The past two years that we have ran this initiative has been extremely successful, working with the Red Cross, Contact the Elderly and Age Connect. So many gifts were donated that not only did we have enough to supply the three charities, but we also managed to distribute presents to Glan Clwyd Hospital, Abergele Hospital, Colwyn Bay Hospital and Llandudno Hospital.

In total, over 700 gifts were donated last year, more than 5 times more than the year previous!

Other support came from local high schools, Ysgol Bryn Elian and Ysgol Prestatyn High, along with local councillor Janet Finch-Saunders.

This year we are working with the Red Cross, Age Connect and Contact the Elderly once again, as well as North Wales Fire and Rescue who have offered to deliver the gifts and carry out a fire safety check.

Cartrefi Conwy have also come on board this year. Some tenants want to donate gifts, while a group of their older active tenants have set up a wrapping day to wrap the donated gifts ready for the Fire Service to deliver. They also have some tenants who have no family or loved ones around them, who have been nominated to receive a gift and visit this Christmas.

Conwy Council have offered their New Council Offices in Colwyn Bay to be a drop off point and Tesco Abergele have also offered to host a drop off point.

Tesco Abergele Community Champion, Jan Williams, said: 'We fully back the initiative, it's great that it directly benefits local people in our own community.'

The local Alzheimer's Society are also supporting us, offering some of their staff to be gift wrappers for the day.

This year, it is even easier to donate with the various drop off points around North Wales.

Our team will be collecting donations and sharing information about the initiative at the Bay View Shopping Centre, Colwyn Bay on the following dates:

-          Monday, 4th Dec- 10am until 4pm

-          Tuesday, 5th Dec- 10am until 4pm

Drop off points have also been appointed to the following:

-          Home Instead Office, 26 Market Street, Abergele, LL22 7AA

-          Ty Llywelyn Community Centre, Ffordd Yr Orsedd, Llandudno, LL30 1LA

-          Kinmel Bay Community Library- Kendal Road, Kinmel Bay, LL18 5BT

-          Tesco Abergele- LL22 7AA

-          Nova Centre, Prestatyn

-          New Council Offices, Coed Pella Road, Colwyn Bay

-          Age Connect Office, Denbigh

-          St Davids Church, Penrhyn Bay, LL30 3NT

The drop off points will be accepting donations from 28th November, with the last collection being on 15th December.

Any donations after that date must be brought to the Home Instead office in Abergele.

The week of December 18th all the gifts will be wrapped and delivered, in time for Christmas morning.

If you know someone who is going to be alone for Christmas, let us know and we will ensure they get a visit and a gift.

Contact the office directly on 01745 772150.

Any information passed to us will be kept with the strictest of confidence and use solely for the purposes of the initiative.

From our office in Abergele, Home Instead are really proud to be able to provide care and help for seniors and rewarding careers for their CAREGivers all across North Wales; including Abergele, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Denbigh, Holywell, Llandudno, Ruthin, Prestatyn, Llanrwst and everywhere in between!

To find out more please contact the office on 01745 772150.

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